World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2nd to raise public awareness about the advantages of wetlands as one of an integral part of our ecosystem. Wetlands help in absorbing floodwater, replenish clean water, filter waste pollutants, provide green spaces and are a source of livelihood to many. People around the world, government, and non-government organizations, researchers, scholars, school children, youths, etc come together to observe the day with an aim to create awareness on wetlands as a vital link to humanity.
Ten Lines on World Wetlands Day
1) World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year to mark the anniversary of the Ramsar Convention on wetlands on February 2nd, 1971.
2) It is celebrated to create awareness about the importance of wetlands for humanity and the planet.
3) Wetlands refer to the areas saturated by surface or groundwater generally favorable for the prevalence of vegetation in saturated soil conditions.
4) Every year, government, NGO’s and civil communities jointly hold awareness programs on wetlands benefits on this day.
5) Wetlands provide habitat for many species thereby helping in preserving the biologically diverse ecosystem.
6) Wetlands absorb floodwaters during storms and naturally filter the harmful pollutants.
7) Every year, World Wetlands Day is celebrated around the globe with a theme in order to focus the attention of the public about the value of wetlands.
8) World Wetlands Day 2019 theme was “Wetlands and Climate Change”.
9) Nations around the globe organize various events like lectures, discussions, seminars, nature walks to celebrate the day.
10) Schools organize various competitions like painting, film screening, essay writing and quiz competitions on the occasion.
1) World Wetlands Day is observed on 02nd February to show the importance of wetlands in producing clean water, fisheries, wildlife resources, and paddy fields.
2) World Wetlands Day youth photo contest is organized every year for connecting youths and making them aware of the value of wetlands.
3) Ramsar Secretariat in coordination with Danone Group has produced various online materials like logos, posters, etc to celebrate the day.
4) More than 60% of the world’s wetlands have been lost since 1991 and this day helps to save our wetlands.
5) Photography exhibition, community clean up drive, interviews and talk shows on radio and television are organized at the national level on World Wetlands Day.
6) The day also aims at reducing encroachment on wetlands due to the burgeoning population in urban areas.
7) Ameenpur Utsav is celebrated yearly by the Telangana government by organizing a series of competitions like quiz, painting, singing, dancing, etc to mark the day.
8) Manipur also observes the world wetland day at Sendra, Bishanpur district where more than 100 students participate in various competitions.
9) Children visit the wetlands to know more about the wetlands and their role in our ecosystem on the occasion.
10) School students, conservationists, academicians, scientists participate in the event being organized at various places in India to celebrate World Wetlands Day.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year to create awareness among the public about the values and benefits of preserving wetlands which are a very crucial elements of our ecosystem. The awareness campaign promotes the proper use of wetlands and their resources. As cities are growing, the demand for land has increased manifold which has led to the encroachment of the wetlands.
The situation in urban areas is pretty alarming as the majority of lakes and aquatic bodies are filled with toxins. The government, civil communities and NGOs should work in collaboration in order to preserve the valuable wetland which provides habitat to the majority of mammals and birds species.