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| Last Updated: 22/04/2019

Upcoming Event

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World Wetlands Day

 World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on the 2nd of February to raise global awareness on the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. Theme of this year's edition is Wetlands and Climate Change. It has been chosen to initiate action against the drainage of wetlands.

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 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 worldwide to celebrate the purpose of the day, from seminars to nature walks and community clean up days worldwide.