World Wetlands Day

 

World Wetlands Day

A wetland is a distinct ecosystem that is inundated by water, either permanently or seasonally with characteristic vegetation of aquatic plants, adapted to the unique hydric soil.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2nd February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2nd February 1971.

World Wetlands Day is commemorated in order to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits and promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

Wetlands are celebrated around the world for the vital benefits they provide:

  • Drinking water
  • Water for agriculture and aquaculture that produce the food we eat
  • A wall-hanging of biodiversity
  • Recreation, tourism and cultural importance
  • Protection against the impacts of climate change

World Wetlands Day 2019

The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2019 is ‘Wetlands and climate change’;  draws attention to the vital role of wetlands as natural solutions to cope with climate change.

Wetlands play an important role in climate change mitigation and adaptation, through capturing and storing carbon to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases, and providing resilience to hazards such as flooding

#KeepWetlands & stop draining them.