World Wetlands Day

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 2015

World Wetlands Day 2 February 2015.

The theme for World Wetlands Day 2015 was

Wetlands for our future
Te tirohanga ā mua mō ngā māria

The future of humanity depends on wetlands. Wetlands provide a multitude of benefits, including filtering and replenishing our water, providing food, acting as a natural shield to protect our coastlines and mitigating climate change. Unfortunately, these benefits are not widely known and since 1900, 64% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared.

Young people of today will be the future leaders and decision makers of tomorrow, so it's important they take an interest in environmental issues. For World Wetlands Day 2015, teens and young people, in particular, are asked to spread the word about wetlands and their vital importance for future life on earth.

A range of events were held around the country to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2015.

You can still take part in the Ramsar Secretariat events.

Ramsar Secretariat events

More information about these two events on the World Wetlands Day website.

Make a pledge

Young people can make a personal pledge to take action for wetlands on the World Wetlands Day website.

Make a pledge for wetlands

Wetlands youth photo contest

Here’s a wonderful reason for young people to visit and experience wetlands: a photography contest where the winner receives free air travel to any wetland location in the world! 

Pictures to be taken between 2 February and 2 March 2015.

Wetlands youth photo contest


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