The World Wetlands Day (WWD) is celebrated every year, in the first week of February to appreciate and raise awareness on protecting our wetlands ecology. This year for the first time, Vale Eco Centre (VEC) celebrated World Wetlands Day (WWD) at its ecological centre on 24th February, 2018.
A total of 54 students from University Technology Petronas and Polytechnic Sultan Idris Shah, lecturers as well as members of the public participated in the WWD programme, ably facilitated by the Vale eco centre personnel and a representative from the Pangkor Nature Guides (PNG) in Teluk Batik.
The day commenced with an introduction of the history of WWD and the group was then led to the beach to get up close and personal with the wetlands of Teluk Batik. They participated in a sand building activity which allowed for creativity to flow, enabling them to better understand the importance of safeguarding our previous environment.
This in turn gave the participants a better insight on the importance of the increasingly threatened wetlands ecology especially in Malaysia and around the world. A beach clean up of the Teluk Batik coast commenced after that.
The enthusiastic participants obtained a wealth of information from this programme and have pledged to play their role in raising awareness of this precious ecology.