World Wetlands Day 2004 - index page

31/10/2003
What is World Wetlands Day?2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. WWD was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and made an encouraging beginning. Each year, 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 in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular. From 1997 to 2003, the Convention’s Web site has posted reports from more than 80 countries of WWD activities of all sizes and shapes, from lectures and seminars, nature walks, children’s art contests, sampan races, and community clean-up days, to radio and television interviews and letters to newspapers, to the launch of new wetland policies, new Ramsar sites, and new programmes at the national level.

From the Mountains to the Sea
Wetlands at Work for Us

World Wetlands Day takes place on 2 February every year, and traditionally the Ramsar Bureau provides materials for the use of everyone who will be organizing WWD activities of their own. New materials for 2004, obtainable free of charge from the Ramsar Bureau, include a poster on the theme of "From the mountains to the sea -- Wetlands at work for us", a new 3-fold leaflet "Working for Wetlands", and a new sticker.

Our poster traces wetlands from the mountains to the sea, with beautiful water colours of ten Ramsar sites from all six Ramsar regions, covering a broad range of wetland types, and identifying the multiple goods and services each site provides. Its focus is on their beauty, diversity and utility - storing and purifying freshwater; controlling floods; replenishing groundwater supplies; stabilising the shoreline; protecting against storms; acting as nurseries for freshwater or marine fish; providing us with food, water, a place for recreation and education, a transport medium - wetlands work for us in many ways.

Our leaflet takes a different view - Working for Wetlands provides a focus on some Ramsar-related success stories in wetland management. It takes a brief look at how sustainable management can ensure that our wetlands stay healthy and continue to work for us. Intended primarily for you, the organisers of WWD events, we're sure that some of your target audiences for WWD will appreciate it, too.

Some promotional items to help you with your activities are still available from previous years as well, and can be found listed below.

We'd like to encourage everyone to consider printing the poster, leaflet, and sticker in his or her own country if large numbers are required, and to consider producing these materials in national or local languages so that they can reach out to a larger audience. To assist in this, the Bureau is also making the materials available on CD-ROM as Quark Xpress files - this allows users with the appropriate software to print their own, customised copies of the materials. (See earlier examples here.) Please check with your designer/publisher that they can work with this software before asking us to send the CDs.

Also please note:

We must receive your request for materials by 15 January at the very latest, and much earlier if you know that mail delivery from Switzerland takes a long time. Note, too, that due to budgetary restrictions we CANNOT send materials by express post except for very special reasons.

If you would like further copies of our materials or would like the Quark Xpress files on CD-ROM, please e-mail Valerie Higgins at higgins@ramsar.org now - and don't forget to include your full mailing address!

Finally, please tell us what you did on WWD for our reports section - last year's are available here - we always do our best to include all the reports we receive. Photos, text and sample materials are all welcome (if possible, send photos as separate images, not embedded in Word files). Contact ramsar@ramsar.org.

Reporting on World Wetlands Day 2004


Here is what the Ramsar Bureau offers the Wetland Celebrants for February 2004

Steal these logos.  Use them.  Sew them onto your school uniform.  Steal all this other stuff, too -- plagiarize it freely, tell everybody about World Wetlands Day.

World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day

[Aussi disponible en français]

New Poster for 2004

From the mountains to the sea

[Disponible también en español]

The design of this poster is also available in Quark XPress on CD-ROM for parties who wish to make use of the design and insert translations of the text in their own languages. Make inquiries at ramsar@ramsar.org.

A 3-ply foldout that explains
. . . .

[Aussi disponible en français]

Working for Wetlands leaflet

how we can work to maintain the health of our wetlands . . . .

. . . and so ensure that they continue to work for us.

[Disponible también en español]

The design of this leaflet is also available in Quark XPress on CD-ROM for parties who wish to make use of the design and insert translations of the text in their own languages. Make inquiries at ramsar@ramsar.org.

 

[Aussi disponible en français]

New Ramsar sticker

 

[Disponible también en español]

still available from previous years

[La version française est epuisée.]

Posters for 2003

No wetlands - No water!

[Disponible también en español]

The design of this poster is also available in Quark XPress on CD-ROM for parties who wish to make use of the design and insert translations of the text in their own languages. Make inquiries at ramsar@ramsar.org.

A 3-ply foldout that explains succinctly and persuasively . . . . . .

[Aussi disponible en français]

Ramsar sites brochure

. . . why it's a good thing to designate wetlands for the Ramsar List.

[Disponible también en español]

The design of this brochure is also available in Quark XPress on CD-ROM for parties who wish to make use of the design and insert translations of the text in their own languages. Make inquiries at ramsar@ramsar.org.

[Aussi disponible en français]

Ramsar video

(for reasons of cost, intended for large group and multiple uses only)

available in Pal, Secam, & NTSC

[Disponible también en español]

The master of the new Ramsar video is also available to qualified parties without text audio, so that they can insert spoken text in their own languages into the audio track. The text of the video script is available in English, French, and Spanish. Make inquiries to ramsar@ramsar.org.
This video can be downloaded in .MOV format, suitable for viewing with QuickTime and other media players, by right-clicking on one of the links below and choosing "Save Target As" or "Save Link Target As". Each file is 115MB and takes a while to download.
[No longer available.]

wwd2002-ecard2.jpg (9334 bytes)

An executable e-mail card on culture and wetlands (for both download and playing on this Web site) (Windows and Mac versions)

Posters from WWD 2002

wwd2002-posters3a.jpg (10959 bytes)

wwd2002-ecard5.jpg (18065 bytes)

A screensaver on the same themes, both Windows and Macintosh versions

wwd2002-folder-f.jpg (9738 bytes)

The Cultural Heritage of Wetlands (hardcopy)

wwdfolder1b.jpg (15205 bytes)

The Cultural Heritage of Wetlands (PDF format)

wwd2002-folder-s.jpg (9057 bytes)

from WWD2001 . . .

values-backa.jpg (5477 bytes)

Les zones humides, valeurs et fonctions

Values and Functions of Wetlands (hardcopy)

values-fronta.jpg (5600 bytes)

Values and Functions of Wetlands (Web)

still available . . .

values-samplea.jpg (5595 bytes)

Los humedales, valores y funciones

HOW TO ORDER

Please send your requests to Valerie Higgins, higgins@ramsar.org.

Choose amongst these products to specify in your order, noting quantities, language, and your postal address:

World Wetlands Day 2004 poster
WWD 2004 leaflet "Working for Wetlands"
New Ramsar sticker

World Wetlands Day 2003 posters
The Ramsar sites brochure

World Wetlands Day 2002 posters
The Cultural Heritage of Wetlands information pack
The Values and Functions of Wetlands information pack
The e-card and screensaver should be downloaded here (as above)

wwdsticker2s.jpg (20686 bytes)

Examples of the translation and local adaptation of Ramsar materials:

WWD 2002
WWD 2003
WWD 2004

 

evian2.jpg (2371 bytes)danone.jpg (2960 bytes) All of these excellent products for World Wetlands Day have been financially supported by the Evian Project funded by the Danone Group.

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