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World Wetlands Day

2 February each year is World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

How you can get involved

  • Organize a conference or open day at a Wetland Centre or Wetland of International Importance.
  • Invite wetland experts to explain the role of wetlands for climate change.
  • Hold an exhibition to present and showcase arts or photographs about wetlands.
  • Organize a community walk, bike or run for wetlands.
  • Plan a wetland clean-up day.
  • Organize a photo or essay competition.
  • Visit a Wetland of International importance in your country.
  • Write a blog or article in your local paper.
  • Inform journalists and other media about how wetlands are important for climate change.

Organize a classroom discussion

  • Get students to think about how wetlands naturally help us cope with climate change.
  • Hold a discussion on why wetlands continue to be degraded around the world and what actions are necessary to stop this loss.
  • Organize a quiz about the different types of wetlands that help us cope with climate change. Use the exercise to highlight the other multiple benefits of wetlands to people such as providing water, source of livelihoods.

World Wetland Day 2019 was celebrated by the Ministry at the Ramsar site of Bhitarkanika in Odisha.

2018 at the Ramsar site Deepor Beel at Guwahati.