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

World Wetlands Day 2015 events

Watch this space for a list of events happening around the country.

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For more information contact your local DOC office