World Wetland Day festival with the message of Wetlands to reduce the natural disasters was opened in presence of provincial officials and more than 150 children and young adults in center no. 3 of Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adult (kanoon), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Expert Team supported the festival technically and financially.

During this 9 days festival with the presence of children, young adults, families, and instructors by focus on the implementation of targeted activities such as biodiversity of wetland, astronomy conferences, and scientific workshops, organizing wetland tours and other scientific and environmental activities, aims to improve the scientific capabilities, as well as children giving them a better thoughts for a better life.

Mr. Ali Pourhassan, Director General of Kanoon, at the beginning of the festival with the focus on importance of the environment and needs to preserve this God blessings, said that environment, is a legacy from the past and we are predecessors of our ancestors, thus, it is necessary to know this heritage properly and appreciate and save it for the future generation.

At the end he appreciated all the executive organizations and partners who cooperated in implementation of this festival and hoped under the cooperation and synergies we are able to see an increase in these activities.

Mr. Ghezelhossayni, head of Environmental Education (EE) expert from Department of Environment Gilan also thanked Kanoon and other executive organizations for implementing this festival noted that one of the most important characteristics of security of each country, is protection of the environment and wetlands. Meanwhile, wetlands are valuable habitats which have special importance.

At the end he mentioned on necessities of providing environmental education for all social levels especially raising children and young adult awareness and asks for supports from all the related organizations.

Mr. Tomoo Aoki, chief adviser of the JICA Expert Team of Anzali Wetland Ecological Management Project- phase II also expressed pleasure for the presence of children and young adults and explained the background of international cooperation between Iran and Japan in which supporting in Anzali wetland Conservation is one of this cooperation.

In the following, Mr.Aoki mentioned the biodiversity of Iran, as well as the similarities of natural environment of Japan and Gilan province, and introduced project activities for Anzali wetland conversation.

In the end he noted the importance of young generations’ role in development of each country and recommended them to always ask about environment.

Play of “Friendship with the Wetland” by cultural group from Lahijan branch, choir group performed by Kanoon center 2, Rasht and a scientific report by member students of Siahkal branch were other parts of the opening ceremony.

The exhibition is open every days from 1st to 9th February 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every days except Fridays, and it’s free for all the visitors.