World Wetlands Day

World wetland day is celebrated every year all across the world to commemorate the Convention on Wetlands means the Ramsar Convention which was held on 2nd of February in 1971 in the city of Ramsar, Iran at the Caspian Sea coasts. It was started celebrating for the first time in the year 1997.

World Wetlands Day 2018

World Wetland Day 2018 will be celebrated on 2nd February, at Friday.

How World Wetlands Day is Celebrated

It is celebrated by gathering together with common people, government agencies, NGOs, non-government organizations and people of all the community to enhance the public awareness towards the significance of wetland. To celebrate this event, variety of programs like seminars, lectures, nature walks, sampan race, poster exhibitions, video films screening, slide shows based on the wetland, art and quiz competitions, painting competition, photography exhibition, community cleanup, interviews on radio and television and etc takes place at the national level at many places. Various other new wetland policies and new Ramsar sites gets launch at this day.

Why World Wetlands Day is Celebrated

The Ramsar Convention offers an international structure in order to globally support the conservation and sustainable management of the wetlands. It is celebrated to make aware the public, discus the value of wetlands, its beneficial aspects as well as to promote its conservation and use for enhancing the overall level of the human health, growth and development. The event celebration plays a great role in making the healthy wetlands in order to deliver the worth ecosystem service to benefit the common people. The demands of water required for growing crops, energy supply and various needs of the industry are also focused during the celebration. It is celebrated to promote the proper use of wetlands and their resources.

World Wetlands Day Celebrations in India

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year in Ahmedabad, India by organizing several activities involving both children and adults.

It is also celebrated at the WWF-India Secretariat, New Delhi to promote the common people understandings about the importance of link between wetlands and water as “without water there will be no wetlands – and without wetlands there will be no water!”.

It is also celebrated in the Jammu and Kashmir, at Mansar Wetland (a Ramsar site) with the involvement of the Department of Wildlife Protection and Department of Environment and Remote Sensing. The event is celebrated by organizing a symposium (related to event) in the presence of Honorable Minister of State for Forests, Environment and Ecology. The event is celebrated by the participation of school students, conservationists, members of panchayat, academicians, scientists and common masses.

WWF-India organizes a full day program at Asan Barrage, Dehradun, run by schools students, in association with the Samvedi and Chakrata Forest Division and Uttarakhand Forest Department.

WWF-India organizes program for school students (quiz and painting competitions) in Himachal Pradesh in association with the State Council for Environment Science and Technology and Wildlife Wing, Himachal Pradesh Forest Department.

It is also celebrated at various places in India such as Harike (a bird sanctuary in Punjab and a Ramsar site), Surajpur wetland (Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh), Bharatpur (Keoladeo National Park), Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary (U.P.) and etc.

World Wetlands Day Theme

The themes of the world wetlands day celebrations from 1997 to 2016 are listed below:

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