On the 2nd of February Nitin Gadkari said, “Wetlands are dependent on diverse ecosystems and if wetlands cease to exist, there will be a loss of biodiversity. On #WorldWetlandsDay, let’s take a pledge for its sustainable restoration”.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually on February 2nd to raise awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and the planet. It marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, also known as the Ramsar Convention, in Ramsar, Iran in 1971.
Wetlands are ecosystems that are saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally. They include marshes, swamps, bogs, and shallow lakes, among others. Wetlands play a critical role in maintaining the balance of the environment by providing habitat for wildlife, filtering pollutants from water, storing carbon, and mitigating the impacts of floods and droughts.
Despite their importance, wetlands are one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems. They are being drained, filled, and destroyed for agriculture, urbanization, and other human activities. As a result, many species of plants and animals that rely on wetlands for survival are in decline.
To raise awareness about the importance of wetlands, World Wetlands Day is celebrated globally with events such as educational programs, public talks, and community activities. The theme for World Wetlands Day 2023 is “Wetlands and Water Management,” which focuses on the role of wetlands in water management, including water storage, water purification, and flood control.
It is important to protect and restore wetlands to ensure their continued benefits to people and the environment. Governments, organizations, and individuals can all play a role in preserving wetlands by supporting conservation efforts, engaging in sustainable land use practices, and reducing pollution.
World Wetlands Day is an opportunity to celebrate the crucial role that wetlands play in maintaining the health of the planet and to raise awareness about the threats they face. It is up to us to protect and restore these vital ecosystems for future generations.