World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
The approved themes for World Wetlands Day, 2024
Themes of World Wetland days
2023: Wetland Restoration
2022: Wetlands Action for People and Nature
2021: Water and Wetlands
2020: Wetlands & Biodiversity
2019: Wetlands and Climate Change
2018: Wetlands for a sustainable urban future
2017: Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction
2016: Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods
2015: Wetlands for our Future
2014: Wetlands and agriculture
2013: Wetlands and water management
2012: Wetlands and tourism
2011: Wetlands and forests
2010: Wetlands, biodiversity and climate change
2009: River basins and their management
2008: Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People
2007: Fish for tomorrow?
2006: Livelihoods at risk
2005: There’s wealth in wetland diversity – don’t lose it!
2004: From the mountains to the sea – Wetlands at work for us
2003: No wetlands – no water!
2002: Wetlands: Water, Life, and Culture
2001: Wetland world – A world to discover!
2000: Celebrating Our Wetlands of International Importance
1999: People and wetlands – The vital link
1998: Water for wetlands, wetlands for water
1997: The first World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997, marking the 25th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention’s adoption. The Ramsar Convention, officially known as the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides a framework for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands worldwide.
Each year, World Wetlands Day focuses on a specific theme related to wetlands. These themes highlight various aspects of wetland importance, conservation challenges, and the role of wetlands in our lives. They also inspire activities and initiatives aimed at protecting these valuable ecosystems.
When sharing your experiences and supporting wetland conservation efforts on social media, consider using these hashtags to connect with others and raise awareness: