Wetlands are land areas that are saturated or flooded with water either permanently or seasonally. Inland wetlands include marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains, and swamps. Coastal wetlands include saltwater marshes, estuaries, mangroves, lagoons and even coral reefs. Fish ponds, rice paddies, and salt
pans are human-made wetlands.
World Wetlands Day
2 February each year is World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also 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.
Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing humanity and our planet. Wetlands and Climate Change, the theme to celebrate World Wetlands Day in 2019, draws attention to the vital role of wetlands as a natural solution to cope with climate change.
How you can get involved
Join us as: an event organizer, educator or participant
Organize an event
- Organize a conference or open day at a Wetland Centre or Wetland of International Importance.
- Invite wetland experts to explain the role of wetlands for climate change.
- Hold an exhibition to present and showcase arts or photographs about wetlands.
- Organize a community walk, bike or run for wetlands.
- Plan a wetland clean-up day.
- Organize a photo or essay competition.
- Visit a Wetland of International importance in your country.
Raise public awareness
- Share the outreach materials on your website, social media, newsletters or bulletin boards etc .
- Use the InDesign files to create your own materials such as T-shirts, Caps, Banners, etc.
- Translate the information materials provided into your own language.
- Write a blog or article in your local paper.
- Inform journalists and other media about how wetlands are important for climate change.
Organize a classroom discussion
- Get students to think about how wetlands naturally help us cope with climate change.
- Hold a discussion on why wetlands continue to be degraded around the world and what actions are necessary to stop this loss.
- Organize a quiz about the different types of wetlands that help us cope with climate change. Use the exercise to highlight the other multiple benefits of wetlands to people such as providing water, source of livelihoods.
- Organize a colouring competition for children. Use our Colour-in poster for kids.
Register your event on the global map of events
Participate in the Photo Contest
Thanks to financial support from Danone, each year communications materials for World Wetlands Day are produced in the Convention's three official languages: English, French and Spanish.