World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.
Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, supporting a rich diversity of plant and animal species.
Wetlands provide numerous ecosystem services, including water purification, flood control, and carbon sequestration.
Many wetlands hold cultural and historical significance for local communities.
Wetlands play a vital role in climate change mitigation. They act as carbon sinks, sequestering large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Despite their importance, wetlands are facing numerous threats, including habitat loss, pollution, over-exploitation, and climate change.
World Wetlands Day provides an opportunity for governments, non-governmental organizations, communities, and individuals to engage in educational and outreach activities.