World Wetlands Day
In 1996 the Standing Committee of the Convention on Wetlands chose 2 February, the anniversary of the signing of the Convention in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971 to be the annual date for celebrating and promoting the conservation of wetlands around the world. This celebration should emphasise the benefit of wetlands to the human population and the need for the wise use of wetland habitats.
Wetlands are valuable in supporting life by:
- their ability to purify water
- their ability to ensure sustained water production by catchments
- providing humans with a range of services, functions and products that have direct economic, social and cultural value; and
- being the warehouse of biodiversity through maintaining plant and animal species.