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World Wetlands Day (2nd February each year)

Every year on February 2nd World Wetlands Day is celebrated globally with awareness raising events, in which many of our Wetlands International offices participate or co-organise.


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2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. It 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. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular. Read more...

 

2011 theme

Wetlands and Forests, this has been the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011, especially chosen by the Ramsar Convention because 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests.

 

The slogan is simple – Forests for water and wetlands – allowing us to look at the ‘big picture’ of forests in our lives, including:

  • Forested wetlands and the special benefits they bring. Mangroves, peatswamp forests, freshwater swamp forests: biologically diverse, helping us manage our freshwater, and providing us with many other ‘services’ across the globe including vital roles in carbon storage – our allies in the face of climate change. Despite their utility, they are often under threat from development, from drainage and conversion. 

  • The role of forests – wet or not – in our lives, and why looking after them matters. Vital to all human lives as well as biodiversity, freshwater availability on a global scale depends on our forests. So too, to a large extent, does freshwater quality. 

  • The role of forests in how our wetlands function. It’s simple: the health of our wetlands, whether forested or not, is linked to the health of forests in our catchments. Losing and degrading forests means losing and degrading wetlands. 

 

We cannot manage without forests, whether terrestrial forests or forested wetlands, given the critical roles that they play in our lives – for water, for food, for livelihoods, for recreation….and more.

 

 

2010 theme

The spotlight of  2010 was on the importance of wetlands for reducing impacts of climate change. Globally, there is a growing recognition of the key role that the protection and restoration of wetlands like marshes, peatlands, mangroves and coral reefs can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to its impacts. Now, this recognition has to be turned into action.


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2011 Celebrations

All over the world World Wetlands Day 2011 was celebrated by governments, NGOs and community groups. Also, by offices of Wetlands International. Here are some examples:

Activities in Thailand

Wetlands International Thailand Office and many partners celebrated World Wetlands Day 2011 and Ramsar’s 40th anniversary on 7 February 2011 at Ban Don Bay (Tha Chang District), Surat Thani Province, Southern Thailand. The activities of the celebrations included coastal and mangrove exhibitions, mangrove planting and restoration, the release of crab and fish, and a nature game.

Download the flyer or click on the image (above)

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Our Thailand Office also participated in a second World Wetlands Day 2011 celebration on 2-3 February 2011 at the Marruay Garden Hotel, Bangkok, which features an exhibit on wetlands conservation. The celebration is organized by the Thai Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP). Read more on Wetlands International Thailand Office website...

Activities in Indonesia

This year’s celebration was held on 19 February 2011 in the area of Pulau Dua Nature Reserve, better known to the local community as ‘Pulau Burung’ (Bird Island), and the aquaculture ponds (tambak) area in Desa Sawah Luhur village in the Kasemen sub-district of Serang city, Banten province. Celebrations involved no fewer than 130 participants representing aquaculture farmer community groups, students, government and our Wetlands International Indonesia Programme. Read the report

Activities in India

World Wetlands Day in Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India.

WISA jointly with WWF-India, State government of Rajasthan and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India celebrated the World Wetlands Day through a series of events at Keoladeo National Park, a Ramsar site and a birder's paradise located in Rajasthan, India. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jairam Ramesh, the Minister of Environment, Government of India emphasized on the role of Communities and civil society in conserving wetlands. He also announced several measures for rejuvenation of the 

Mr. Jairam Ramesh (Minister of Environment, Government of India) releases the World Wetlands Day poster
National Park through projects aimed at bringing in additional water to the park. Keoladeo, in the recent years, has seen a serious decline in availability of water, which has affected the entire wetland habitat

 

Keoladeo National Park (Feb 2 2011)

Activities in Kenya

On World Wetlands Day itself (2nd February 2011), celebrations at Lake Nakuru National Park  - with contrbution from local Wetlands International staff - also highlighted 40 years of the Ramsar Convention and 20th anniversary of Lake Nakuru as a Ramsar site. Lake Nakuru fits this year’s theme as it is a Wetland adversely affected by the destruction of forests in its catchment, namely the Mau forest from which it derives part of its waters. The celebration was presided by the Kenyan Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources. Download the photos from the celebration in PDF format and download the report by our local officer Oliver Nasirwa.

Other regional-based activities will also be carried including Rift Valley, Lake Victoria Basin, Central and Coastal region respectively.

At the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi was the location for panel discussions entitled “Linking Forests, Water and Wetlands” with Wetlands International’s Oliver Nasirwa, Paul Kere (Director of Policy, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources), and many others from the national government and non-profit organisations. The meeting attracted over 60 participants, who engaged the panellists in lively discussions. Most questions were directed to what the Government and NGOs were doing to protect forests, river courses, water catchments, wetlands and biodiversity as well as discussions on climate change, forests and wetlands.

Activities in Japan

On February 2nd, 2011, Wetlands International Japan hosted the “Blessing of Wetlands Tasting Event” within “Ramsar 40th Anniversary Symposium,” held by the Ministry of Environment of Japan (MoE). 

The symposium was co-hosted by the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and Wetlands International Japan. The tasting event was conducted at 15:10~15:30, during the break time of the symposium. Albeit the short range of time, the event bustled with more than 90 people.  7 regions over Japan presented each of their wetland products, and among them, 5 regions sent off 9 officers, who introduced what they brought. Read more on website of Wetlands International Japan...

Expert meeting of Inventory for Culture and Practice of Wetlands

Wetlands International Japan (WIJ) held a meeting of Inventory for Culture and Practice of Wetlands on January 13, 2011 at Kyodo Station Chuo, Tokyo, as one of the Ramsar-40th and World Wetlands Day (WWD) celebration events. 45 participants gathered at the hall to discuss about development and implementation of “Planning for Conservation and Sustainable use of Wetlands” for municipalities and its future potential, as well as discussing about future application of the inventory. Participants included several stakeholders such as the Japan Ministry of Environment, local governments and NGOs. 

More information on celebrations

For more information on World Wetlands Day celebrations as well as the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention you can also visit the website of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

 

 

2010 Celebrations

All over the world World Wetlands Day 2011 was celebrated by governments, NGOs and community groups. Also, by offices of Wetlands International. Here are some examples:

Activities in Thailand

Wetlands International Thailand Office and many partners celebrated World Wetlands Day 2011 and Ramsar’s 40th anniversary on 7 February 2011 at Ban Don Bay (Tha Chang District), Surat Thani Province, Southern Thailand. The activities of the celebrations included coastal and mangrove exhibitions, mangrove planting and restoration, the release of crab and fish, and a nature game.

Download the flyer or click on the image (above)

>


Our Thailand Office also participated in a second World Wetlands Day 2011 celebration on 2-3 February 2011 at the Marruay Garden Hotel, Bangkok, which features an exhibit on wetlands conservation. The celebration is organized by the Thai Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP). Read more on Wetlands International Thailand Office website...

Activities in Indonesia

This year’s celebration was held on 19 February 2011 in the area of Pulau Dua Nature Reserve, better known to the local community as ‘Pulau Burung’ (Bird Island), and the aquaculture ponds (tambak) area in Desa Sawah Luhur village in the Kasemen sub-district of Serang city, Banten province. Celebrations involved no fewer than 130 participants representing aquaculture farmer community groups, students, government and our Wetlands International Indonesia Programme. Read the report

Activities in India

World Wetlands Day in Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India.

WISA jointly with WWF-India, State government of Rajasthan and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India celebrated the World Wetlands Day through a series of events at Keoladeo National Park, a Ramsar site and a birder's paradise located in Rajasthan, India. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jairam Ramesh, the Minister of Environment, Government of India emphasized on the role of Communities and civil society in conserving wetlands. He also announced several measures for rejuvenation of the 

Mr. Jairam Ramesh (Minister of Environment, Government of India) releases the World Wetlands Day poster
National Park through projects aimed at bringing in additional water to the park. Keoladeo, in the recent years, has seen a serious decline in availability of water, which has affected the entire wetland habitat

 

Keoladeo National Park (Feb 2 2011)

Activities in Kenya

On World Wetlands Day itself (2nd February 2011), celebrations at Lake Nakuru National Park  - with contrbution from local Wetlands International staff - also highlighted 40 years of the Ramsar Convention and 20th anniversary of Lake Nakuru as a Ramsar site. Lake Nakuru fits this year’s theme as it is a Wetland adversely affected by the destruction of forests in its catchment, namely the Mau forest from which it derives part of its waters. The celebration was presided by the Kenyan Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources. Download the photos from the celebration in PDF format and download the report by our local officer Oliver Nasirwa.

Other regional-based activities will also be carried including Rift Valley, Lake Victoria Basin, Central and Coastal region respectively.

At the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi was the location for panel discussions entitled “Linking Forests, Water and Wetlands” with Wetlands International’s Oliver Nasirwa, Paul Kere (Director of Policy, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources), and many others from the national government and non-profit organisations. The meeting attracted over 60 participants, who engaged the panellists in lively discussions. Most questions were directed to what the Government and NGOs were doing to protect forests, river courses, water catchments, wetlands and biodiversity as well as discussions on climate change, forests and wetlands.

Activities in Japan

On February 2nd, 2011, Wetlands International Japan hosted the “Blessing of Wetlands Tasting Event” within “Ramsar 40th Anniversary Symposium,” held by the Ministry of Environment of Japan (MoE). 

The symposium was co-hosted by the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and Wetlands International Japan. The tasting event was conducted at 15:10~15:30, during the break time of the symposium. Albeit the short range of time, the event bustled with more than 90 people.  7 regions over Japan presented each of their wetland products, and among them, 5 regions sent off 9 officers, who introduced what they brought. Read more on website of Wetlands International Japan...

 

Expert meeting of Inventory for Culture and Practice of Wetlands

 

Wetlands International Japan (WIJ) held a meeting of Inventory for Culture and Practice of Wetlands on January 13, 2011 at Kyodo Station Chuo, Tokyo, as one of the Ramsar-40th and World Wetlands Day (WWD) celebration events. 45 participants gathered at the hall to discuss about development and implementation of “Planning for Conservation and Sustainable use of Wetlands” for municipalities and its future potential, as well as discussing about future application of the inventory. Participants included several stakeholders such as the Japan Ministry of Environment, local governments and NGOs. 

More information on celebrations

For more information on World Wetlands Day celebrations as well as the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention you can also visit the website of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.