Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura F. Dogu
August 15, 2017
Good morning to all. Welcome. I want to especially thank the organizations that are present. You are our friends and special guests. Thanks for joining us.
Today we are celebrating the recognition of our Embassy as a Wildlife Habitat. This is a distinction given to us by the National Wildlife Federation of the United States. With this designation, ours joins a group of 15 embassies around the world that have also obtained this designation, including Addis Ababa, Asunción, Bangkok, Bern, Budapest, Cape Town, Ciudad Juarez, Lima, Geneva, New Delhi, Ottawa, Santo Domingo, Tijuana, Vilnius, and Zagreb.
The National Wildlife Federation of the United States is the largest non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to conservation education and advocacy. It has more than six million members and followers. The National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Garden Program helps people restore habitat and wildlife populations in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
Since 1973, this program has educated and empowered people to turn their bit of Planet Earth, their yards and gardens, into thriving wildlife habitats. By doing this, the Garden for Wildlife program helps wildlife and gives people a daily connection with nature.
I wish to make a very special recognition for the equipment of the Office of Facilities Maintenance. Most especially, I would like to thank the team of gardeners at the Embassy. Please, let’s give them a strong applause!
They have put their utmost care in looking after all the plants and trees we enjoy every day when we come to work. Thanks to their effort, many species of birds, reptiles, rodents and even our beloved deer have found a home in this space. Of course, that led to us to obtain the Habitat Wildlife certification. I ask Doug and the team of gardeners of the Embassy to come to the front to give them this certificate. I will read it in English and then the translation: “Because of the owner’s conscientious planning, landscaping, and sustainable gardening, wildlife will find quality habitat here – food, water, cover, and places to raise their young.” Many congratulations and many thanks for conserving this space so that we live in harmony with nature.
I also want to mention the Green Team of the Embassy, under the leadership of Mark Saavedra, and thanks to their efforts, the National Wildlife Federation granted us this distinction.
Now we will proceed to unveil the plaque: I will read it in English and then I will translate it: “This property is recognized for its commitment to sustainably provide essential elements of wildlife habitat: food, water, cover and places to raise young.”
Thank you all for coming here this morning and do not forget that Earth is our common home and it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of it.
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