The money is part of $134 800 offered by the WCF which was established by the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention at its 4th meeting (COP4, 1990) to assist developing countries in implementing the convention and to enable the conservation and wise use of wetland resources.
eSwatini National Trust Commission (ENTC) Acting National Environmental Education Programme (NEEP) Coordinator, Bhekithemba Thusi said this was the second time they applied for the grant.
“We got it the first time and we used it to host a workshop among other projects. This time around the money would be directed to activities such as establishing a National Wetlands Policy and the identification and mapping of wetlands in the country,” he said.
eSwatini has only three wetlands that have been recognised and registered as Ramsar sites.
These are the Hawane Dam and National Resort, the Sand River Dam and the Van Eck Dam.