World Wetlands Day

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.

Since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat has provided outreach materials to help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.

The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands approved Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction as the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2017, during its 52nd meeting held in Gland, Switzerland from 13 – 17 June 2016.

This theme is selected to raise awareness and to highlight the vital roles of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities, and in helping to build resilience.

Outreach material to support country activities organized to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2017 and raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity is available to download here.

Since its inception, the production and distribution of materials for World Wetlands Day have been financially supported by the Evian Project funded by the Danone Group.

World Wetlands Day 2017

The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands approved Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction as the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2017 , during its 52nd meeting held...

World Wetlands Day 2016

Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods is the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2016. This theme is selected to demonstrate the vital role of wetlands for the future of...

World Wetlands Day 2015

In 2015, Wetlands For Our Future was selected as the theme to draw attention to the numerous benefits wetlands provide for humanity. In addition to the outreach materials, a youth...

World Wetlands Day 2014

In 2014, the UN International Year of Family Farming, the Ramsar Convention chose to focus the World Wetlands Day campaign on Wetlands and agriculture . More than 800 activities were...

World Wetlands Day 2013

For WWD 2013 we joined hands with UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme who had a lead role for the International Year of Water Cooperation, and they partnered with us in the...

World Wetlands Day 2012

The World Wetlands Day theme for 2012, Wetlands and tourism , was linked to the theme for COP11 in Bucharest, Romania: Wetlands, Tourism and Recreation .

World Wetlands Day 2011

Wetlands and Forests was the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011, chosen because 2011 was the UN International Year of Forests.

World Wetlands Day 2010

With the suggested World Wetlands Day theme for this year on wetlands, biodiversity and climate change , we arrived at our 2010 WWD slogan: Caring for wetlands – an answer to climate change .

World Wetlands Day 2009

Our theme for 2009 is river basins and their management . We all live in a river basin, and most of the people reading this are well aware of the...

World Wetlands Day 2008

The Convention's theme for World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2008, was Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People , which was also the theme for Ramsar's 10th Meeting of the Conference of the...

World Wetlands Day 2007

World Wetlands Day theme for 2007 was “Fish for tomorrow?” and the campaign focused on wetlands and fisheries in recognition of: the needs of the one billion people who rely...

World Wetlands Day 2006

World Wetlands theme for 2006 was “Livelihoods at risk”. This includes all wetlands from arctic lakes to coral reefs, from karst wetlands to mangroves. World Wetlands Day 2006 dealt with...

World Wetlands Day 2005

World Wetlands theme for 2005 was "There's wealth in wetland diversity - don't lose it!". 2005 WWD theme featured the critical link between cultural and biological diversities: many of the...

World Wetlands Day 2004

World Wetlands theme for 2004 was "From the mountains to the sea -- Wetlands at work for us" The 2004 WWD poster featured wetlands from the mountains to the sea,...

World Wetlands Day 2003

“No wetlands - no water!” was the theme for the World Wetlands Day in 2003. The theme was selected to honour the UN's International Year of Freshwater. Wetlands are a...

World Wetlands Day 2002

World Wetlands theme for 2002 was "Wetlands: Water, Life, and Culture". Music, songs, stories and oral traditions, creation myths, religious beliefs, medicinal practices, production systems, artefacts, hunting traditions, private dwellings...

World Wetlands Day 2001

“Wetland world - A world to discover!” was the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2001. World Wetlands Day 2001 celebrated the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar...

World Wetlands Day 2000

The theme for the World Wetlands Day 2000 was "Celebrating Our Wetlands of International Importance". In 2000 there were there were 1011 wetlands in 117 countries listed as Wetlands of...

World Wetlands Day 1999

“People and wetlands - The vital link” was the theme for the World Wetlands Day in 1999. Twenty eight years after the signing of the Convention the WWD 1999 celebrated...

World Wetlands Day 1998

“Water for wetlands, wetlands for water” was the theme for the World Wetlands Day 1998. In 1998 the international community focused on the water crisis. The WWD campaign called for...

World Wetlands Day 1997

The first World Wetlands Day was celebrated in 1997 in the following countries: American Samoa, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia,...