01 February 2021 / Vienna, Austria
February 2nd is World Wetlands Day!
Contributed by:
Voice of the Danube
01 February 2021

Fifty years ago, on 2 February 1971, the international Convention on Wetlands was officially adopted in Ramsar, Iran, on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Commemorating this important event, we celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February every year to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet.

In normal times, a fifty-year jubilee would call for extended celebrations, but the current pandemic situation prohibits physical meetings, and all activities have been moved to the virtual space.

We recommend that you take the occasion to visit the dedicated World Wetlands Day website. It contains a wide selection of materials, templates and fact sheets for everyone who wants to take part in the efforts to propagate this year's World Wetlands Day theme, which is Wetlands as a Source of Freshwater.

Learn about the vital importance of wetlands in the face of a growing freshwater crisis that threatens people and our planet. Humanity uses more freshwater than nature can replenish, destroying the ecosystem that water and all life depend on most– wetlands. The 2021 campaign highlights the importance of wetlands for the availability and quality of freshwater on our planet on and encourages actions to restore them and stop their loss. Thank you for your support!

Fact Sheet (English)