World Wetlands Day raises global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and planet. it also marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.
Nearly 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s, and we are losing wetlands three times faster than forests. 35% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared in the last 50 years.
Wetlands are critically important ecosystems that contribute to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, freshwater availability, world economies, and more. It is urgent that we raise national and global awareness about wetlands in order to reverse their rapid loss and encourage actions to conserve and restore them.
World Wetlands Day is the ideal time to increase people’s understanding of these critically important ecosystems. You can read more about what you can do to help, pitch for the 2023 wetland project grant and find World Wetland Day events in your area here.
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