This year’s World Wetlands Day, celebrated on 2 February, aims to highlight the importance of actions to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands for humans and planetary health.
Nearly 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s. Wetlands are being lost at a rate three times faster than forests. Yet, wetlands are critically important ecosystems that contribute to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, freshwater availability, world economies and more.
With its theme of Wetlands Action for People and Nature, the public campaign is an appeal to invest financial, human and political capital to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing and to restore those that have been degraded.
The annual event, which occurs on 2 February each year, has particular significance this year as it also marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted as an international treaty in 1971.
For events taking place near you on World Wetlands Day visit the World Wetlands website.
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Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living