2 February each year is World Wetlands Day, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. This is an international date with a different theme and message on a relevant subject set each year by the Ramsar Secretariat.
World Wetlands Day 2014
The year 2014 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of family farming.
In recognition of the important interrelationship between farming and wetlands, the theme for World Wetlands Day 2014 is Wetlands and agriculture: partners for growth.
Wetlands have often been seen as a barrier to agriculture, being drained and reclaimed to make more farming land available.
But the essential role of wetlands in providing valuable ecosystem services such as water purification of farm runoff, recycling nutrients, protecting land from flood damage and recharging groundwater aquifers (as well as offering recreation opportunities and supporting a rich diversity of wildlife) is now being acknowledged.
These days, there are successful agricultural practices that support healthy wetlands and World Wetlands Day is a chance to showcase farming families who are clearly demonstrating that protection of wetlands goes hand in hand with production from the land.
National Wetlands Symposium
This bi-annual event will be held 10-14 February 2014. It brings together wetland scientists, managers and owners to share knowledge about wetland restoration. It is being held at Unitec Campus, Auckland and the theme is ‘Water and Wetlands: from Droughts to Storms’.
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For World Wetlands Day, February 2014, it is the intention that the event programme will include visits to a number of farms as well as other water based activities. Watch this space for a list of events happening around the country.
If you would like to list a World Wetlands Day event on this website contact:
National Wetlands Coordinator