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 is

Wetlands for our future

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 being asked to spread the word about wetlands and their vital importance for future life on earth.

Make a pledge

From 2 February 2015, young people will be able to make a personal pledge to take action for wetlands on the World Wetlands Day website.

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!

  • Take a picture of your favourite wetlands location with your phone or digital camera between 2 February and 2 March 2015
  • Upload it to the World Wetlands Day website for a chance to win a free flight to a famous wetland of your choice, courtesy of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections.
  • Open to anyone aged 15–24.
  • Starts 2 February 2015.
  • Full terms and conditions will be on the World Wetlands Day website.

If you are lucky enough to be in the age bracket, note your diary now and start looking for a potential winning shot.

Competition poster on the World Wetlands Day website (PDF, 901K)

2015 events

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
Email: jsimmons@doc.govt.nz

World Wetlands Day resources

The Ramsar Secretariat has produced a range of supporting material including posters, factsheets, teachers guide and a social media campaign. Download material for World Wetlands Day 2015.

We have other resources to help you plan events and promote World Wetlands Day:

 

Find out more

Contacts

For more information contact your local DOC office