Love your Wetlands: World Wetlands Day!

I’m a couple of days late sharing this, but this is a great reminder on the importance of wetlands. Happy (Belated) World Wetlands Day!

The Essential Current

World Wetlands Day banner

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

Ramsar global map Ramsar, Iran

World Wetlands Day is often celebrated by taking action to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits. Government agencies, non-government organisations and community groups alike use World Wetlands Day for promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

The Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international co-operation for the conservation of wetlands. The Ramsar Convention was initially made to promote efforts toward the conservation of Waterfowl habitat, however it was soon broadened to encompass the protecting the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value.

There are currently 2,186 Ramsar sites in the world, with a surface total…

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