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World Wetlands Day

02/02/2021 All day

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

Since 1997, World Wetlands Day has been used to:

  • raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits
  • promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

Join in on the day. Attend a seminar or festival, help with a revegetation project or go on a bird walk.

We will be celebrating this anniversary throughout the year.

Our 2021 edition of Wetlands Australia has a focus on engagement, education or research activities undertaken at our Ramsar sites or local wetlands. It shares the good work being done to value and protect wetlands.

2021 theme

The 2021 theme is ‘Wetlands and Water’

This highlights the role wetlands play in:

  • clean water
  • water supply
  • ecosystem resilience
  • sustainable livelihoods and jobs
  • biodiversity conservation
  • storm protection
  • carbon storage
  • climate change adaptation
  • health and well-being
  • tourism and recreation