Every February 2 is celebrated around the world ‘Día Mundial de los Humedales’ (World Wetlands Day). commemorating the date chosen for the ‘Convención sobre los Humedales’ in 1971 . The theme chosen for this year is " Wetlands and Agriculture : Together for Growth " , with the aim of raising awareness of the vital role wetlands plays in agricultural support and to publicize the great biodiversity of these ecosystems.
So this Sunday, 2 February , the Directorate General Environment of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia , through ' Grupo Generala' , has organized a special day in the wetlands of the Lagunas de las Moreras to celebrate ‘Día Mundial de los Humedales’ with the aim of publicizing the activities of the project ‘LIFE09 NAT/ES/000516 Conservación de
la Malvasía Cabeciblanca
en la Región
The event has the support of the Department of Environment of the City of Mazarrón. Councillor of the area, David Fernandez , explained that "we also have the support of Asociación ‘ALCEDO’, el Centro de Buceo del Sureste ‘Bachisub’ and la asociación ‘Amigos de la Naturaleza’ , helping the conservation of the White-Headed Duck , a water bird that is threatened worldwide and whose only European population is in Spain . "
The day will start at the Estación Depuradora de Aguas Residuales (E.D.A.R.) in Mazarrón at 10:15 am to meet and greet participants . At 10:30 am there will be an introductory talk on wetlands and the actions of the ' Project LIFE Conservation of White-headed Duck ' at 11:30 am. To end the activity, distribution of gifts will be presented among the attendees.
The Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, encouraged the citizens of the Municipality " to participate in this activity , since in very few places in the world can you see the presence of the white-headed duck . It is our duty to help conserve and protect our flora and fauna as they are part of our rich heritage and ultimately , are also a key part of the benefits of the town that can be exploited in regards to nature tourism . "