World Wetlands Day

February 2 each year is World Wetlands Day. World Wetlands Day first began in 1997 and marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands back in 1971 at the Ramsar Convention in Iran. The Ramsar Convention was put together to address global concerns regarding the loss and degradation of the worlds wetlands. Its mission is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world.”

Ramsar’s list of wetlands of international importance now include 1,970 sites from all over the world including the Laguna de Santa Rosa! Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits. Read more.