World Wetlands Day 2002 - index page
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. Subsequent World Wetlands Days have been organized around such suggested themes as the importance of water to life and of wetlands to the supply of water and, in 1999, on "People and Wetlands: the Vital Link". 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 2001, the Convention’s Web site has posted reports from more than 60 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.
Wetlands: Water, Life, and Culture
WWD 2001 on a beach in the Philippines
The suggested theme for World Wetlands Day 2002 is "Wetlands: Water, Life, and Culture". Wetlands are a storehouse of cultural heritage which takes many forms, from human-made physical structures and artefacts, palaeontological records in sediments and peat, and traditional water and land-use management practices, to places of religious and mythological significance and the intangible ‘sense of place’ felt by many for these wild and often mysterious sites and their wildlife. Throughout its history, the work of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has emphasized the importance of people in conservation efforts: their livelihoods, their welfare, their traditions and beliefs, their leisure as well as their work – not only their economic and social well-being, but their "cultural heritage" as well. Increasingly, the Parties have observed that there is much common ground in the biodiversity and heritage management of wetlands.
Standing Committee has chosen for the 8th COP (Valencia, Spain, 18-26 November 2002) the theme "Wetlands: water, life, and culture", and that one of the COP’s five Technical Sessions will be on "Cultural aspects of wetlands as a tool for their conservation and sustainable use". In order to contribute to this process, the suggested theme for the 6th World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2002, will be the same as COP8’s: "Wetlands: water, life, and culture". Government agencies, non-governmental organizations, site managers and citizens are invited to explore cultural issues in their national and local contexts and seek to make their publics more aware of the cultural as well as the natural values of their wetlands.
Reporting on World Wetlands Days of the past
Since 1997, the Ramsar Bureau has welcomed news from everyone of their plans for World Wetlands Day activities and reports of their activities afterward, and has endeavored to post them all on the Ramsar Web site. Government agencies and private citizens from all over the world have sent us their news, and these reports make an excellent archive of ideas for future celebrations.
Ramsar Poster Exhibit (limited availability)
The Cultural Heritage of Wetlands (hardcopy)
The Cultural Heritage of Wetlands (PDF format)
An executable e-mail card on culture and wetlands (for both download and playing on this Web site) (Windows and Mac versions)
The five old stickers . . . plus . . .
. . . three new ones on cultural themes
from last year . . .
Values and Functions of Wetlands (hardcopy)
still available . . .
HOW TO ORDER
Do you have a good use for any or all of these thought-provoking promotional materals on or around World Wetlands Day, or any other time, for that matter, which will invoke the "multiplier effect" and influence in a good way more people than just yourself? Then write to Ms Valerie Higgins firstname.lastname@example.org and request that some or all of these materials be sent to you. Don't forget to supply your postal address, and if you're asking for large quantities, please explain why (significant staff time, and staff children's time, is involved in fulfilling all of these orders, so frivolous requests are not welcomed or sought after).
Choose amongst these products to specify in your order, noting quantities, language, and your postal address:
The Cultural Heritage of Wetlands information pack in English, French, and/or Spanish
World Wetlands Day 2002 posters
World Wetlands Day 2001 posters
The e-card and screensaver should be downloaded here (as above) so that Valerie does not have to spend valuable time putting them onto floppy disks for you
Little plastic baggies of eight stickers, in English, French, or Spanish
The cute little pocket calendars
The Values and Functions of Wetlands information pack from WWD2001 (the values and functions of wetlands are pretty much the same as last year, so these info packs have continuing utility)
These excellent products for World Wetlands Day have been financially supported by the Evian Project funded by the Danone Group.