World Wetlands Day 2018

2 February 2018

2 February is World Wetlands Day. The day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in Ramsar, Iran. It commemorates the need to maintain the ecological character of wetlands and to plan 'wise' for its sustainable use. This year's theme is Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future.

Date: 2 February 2018
Location: worldwide 
Organiser: Ramsar Convention Secretariat

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on the 2nd of February to raise global awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet.

Theme of this year's edition is Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future. It has been chosen to raise awareness about how urban wetlands contribute to the liveab cities.

Reducing effects of extreme weather
Wetlands play an important role in reducing the impact of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and cyclones. Wetlands act as a natural sponge, absorbing and storing excess rainfall and reducing flooding.

During the dry season, they release the water stored, delaying the onset of droughts and reducing water shortages. The frequency of natural hazards has more than doubled; the majority is climate and weather related.

Key messages
Wetlands are a natural safe guard against disasters and help us cope with extreme weather events. Well managed wetlands ensure communities are resilient and can bounce back from disasters. Take actions that help conserve and promote sustainable use of wetlands.

World Wetlands Day marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, called Ramsar Convention, on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

There will be events held around the globe to celebrate the purpose of the day, from seminars to nature walks and community clean up days worldwide.

Activities of all sizes
From 1997 to 2016, the Convention’s website has posted reports from more than 95 countries of World Wetlands Day activities of all sizes and shapes, from lectures and seminars, nature walks, children’s art contests, sampan races, and community clean-up days, to radio and television interviews and letters to newspapers, to the launch of new wetland policies, new Ramsar sites, and new programmes at the national level.

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