2 February - World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day occurs on February 2, every year.

The 2nd February marks the date of the signing of the Ramsar Convention in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971.  World Wetlands Day was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and made an encouraging beginning. Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits.

Wetlands are valuable in supporting life by:

  •  their ability to purify and store 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

Visit - www.wetland.org.za