02 Feb 2018

World Wetlands Day 2018 “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”


Credit: www.worldwetlandsday.org

The World Wetlands Day is celebrated every February 2nd to raise awareness on the importance and the value of the wetlands for us and the whole planet.

The Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997 to commemorate the signature of The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat in 1971.

The theme of this year is “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future” and aims to stress the crucial role of wetlands for city and their population too.

Wetlands play a key role for the ecosystem preserving biodiversity and being sources of clean water. Agriculture has always benefited from wetlands as source of a range of valuable ecosystem services, such as the provision of food and clean water, the retention of soil and the cycling of nutrients. Moreover, wetlands have a role in mitigating extreme weather events.

Nevertheless wetlands are at risk, from 1900 64% of wetlands around the world have disappeared with severe consequences for those who are living in close proximity with them, mostly Farmers.

The International Community should make greater efforts to preserve these wetlands and put Farmers in the best conditions to take advantage of wetlands while respecting them.

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