World Wetlands Day occurs annually on the 2nd of February, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971.
World Wetland Day was founded to promote awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. World Wetland Day was first celebrated in 1997 and has grown significantly since then.
Each year, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community take advantage of their chance to take action and raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits.
The goal is to bring the focus on the biologically diverse ecosystems that provide habitat for many species which serve as valuable buffers on the coast against storms and flooding.
With financial support dating back to 1997 from the Danone Group Evian Fund for Water, the Ramsar Secretariat has produced outreach materials that include posters, handouts, and fact sheets to support country activities organized in celebration of World Wetland Day. Ramsar Secretariat is an organization that conserves and promotes the efficient use of all wetlands through national and local actions and international assistance. It is their contribution towards attaining sustainable development throughout the world.
Ducks in Pantanos de Villa (Villa Marshes)
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat includes 160 countries as Contracting Parties who recognize that managing wetlands is a universal challenge. Together, they value having one global treaty that is dedicated to a single ecosystem.
The wetlands are one of the most productive and diverse ecosystems, producing vital services and supplying all fresh water. Wetlands occur where water meets land and includes all swamps and marshes, mangroves, estuaries, lakes and rivers, wet grasslands, peatlands, deltas and tidal flats, and other coastal areas, and coral reefs. This includes all human-made sites such as rice paddies, fish ponds, salt pans, and reservoirs. Unfortunately, the wetlands continue to degrade and change.
Wetlands are essential for human survival as they are among the world’s most useful environments for their biological diversity which produces the vital water upon which many animals and plants rely on to survive. Wetlands are essential for its various benefits or “ecosystem services” that provide food, building materials, and freshwater supply.
Research has proven that wetlands continue to decline in most regions of the world, jeopardizing the ecosystem services that contribute to the people. Essentially, a world without wetlands is a world without water.
Since 2015, a month-long Wetlands Youth Photo Contest that begins on 2 February takes place as a way to get the younger generations involved in World Wetland Day. The prize is a unique opportunity to visit any wetland of the winner's choosing from the 2200 Ramsar Sites all over the world.
If you are interested in visting any of the wetlands, we have a program in Lima that includes a visit or we can tailor made a program that include several sites.