World Wetlands Day 2007 - 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. 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 2006, the Convention’s Web site has posted reports from more than 90 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.

World Wetlands Day 2007

Du poisson pour demain ?
Fish for tomorrow?
¿Pesca para el futuro?

Our focus for February 2nd 2007 is on wetlands and fisheries in recognition of:

  • the needs of the one billion people who rely on fish as their primary source of animal protein;

  • the state of the world's fisheries where 75% of commercially important marine and most inland water fish stocks are either currently overfished or being fished at their biological limit, and where the effects of unsustainable aquaculture practices on wetland ecosystems are of growing concern;

  • the important role that inland and coastal wetlands play in supporting fish and fisheries at all levels, from large-scale, commercial fisheries to subsistence fishers, and from wild, capture fisheries to farmed fish; the critical role that coastal wetlands play as spawning and nursery areas for many marine species; and the urgent need for effective management of fisheries and the wetland ecosystems that support them;

  • the adoption in November 2005 by the Ramsar Convention of a resolution and annexed guidelines on the conservation, production and sustainable use of fisheries which commits the 153 Contracting Parties to the Convention to playing their role in establishing and maintaining sustainable fisheries in wetlands.

Reports of World Wetlands Day 2007 activities

Here is what the Ramsar Secretariat is offering the Wetland Celebrants for
February 2007

A WWD 2007 Message suitable for quoting (or framing)
To WWD Event Organizers





A 16-page leaflet on fisheries and the Ramsar Convention, produced in conjunction with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Sea Around Us Project

This is the 1.8MB low-resolution version; for the 16MB high-res version, please contact

A fun-for-all do-it-yourself paper fish (above). The fish has been produced in a variety of colours with one in black and white for colouring. Each fish is on one A4 sheet of paper ready to cut out and paste together. Children can produce their own fish and hang them up as part of an underwater scene or take them home with them.
How-To sheet

Individual Fish (PDF, ca. 250KB): autumn, blue and yellow, bronze, chrome, night, rainbow, standard, starry, teal, zebra, fish to color yourself (all seven fish in one ZIP file, 2.7MB)

Message du Secrétariat
Aux organisateurs





[Aussi disponible en français]

Une animation sur le Web que vous pourrez consulter en ligne ou télécharger et utiliser pour animer vos activités de JMZ.

 9MB .EXE file

 8MB .SWF Flash

Mode d'emploi

Individual Fish (PDF, ca. 250KB): autumn, blue and yellow, bronze, chrome, night, rainbow, standard, starry, teal, zebra, fish to color yourself (all seven fish in one ZIP file, 2.7MB)

Mensaje de la Secretaría
A los organizadores





[Disponible también en español]

Una animación para la web que pueden visionar en línea o bien descargar y utilizar para animar los actos que organicen el Día Mundial de los Humedales.

 9MB .EXE file

 8MB .SWF Flash


Individual Fish (PDF, ca. 250KB): autumn, blue and yellow, bronze, chrome, night, rainbow, standard, starry, teal, zebra, fish to color yourself (all seven fish in one ZIP file, 2.7MB)

Tell us about YOUR World Wetlands Day

Please don't forget to tell us what you did on World Wetlands Day for the reports section of our WWD Web pages - last year's can be viewed here. We always do our best to include all the reports we receive but we would really appreciate all reports to be sent to us by May 2007. Photos, text, sample materials, and reasonably-sized PDFs are all welcome. Contact

How to order WWD posters and stickers

For those residing in Africa or Central or South America, please request your World Wetlands Day materials from the Secretariat by writing to us at, specifying your postal address.

For those residing in Asia, Europe, or North America, the Ramsar Administrative Authorities in your countries will be sending out this year's materials automatically based on the mailing lists from previous years. The list of participating Administrative Authorities is available here. For those who have never received World Wetlands Day materials in the past, however, we ask you to contact us directly,, again not forgetting to include your postal address.

Please note that the Secretariat must receive your request by 15 January 2007 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 delivery except for very special reasons.

Electronic formats

Those receiving WWD materials will receive the poster and stickers in hard copy. Included in the package will also be a CD-ROM with electronic versions of the posters and stickers, the Fish for Tomorrow leaflet, and the Do-it-yourself fish, all in non-editable Adobe PDF formats. The Web animation will be included in several non-editable formats: as a Flash executable file; as a Flash SWF file that can be played through your browser, and in a MAC-compatible file.

For those who wish to adapt the poster or stickers to their own languages and imagery, we will also provide, on request, the following two CD-ROMs:

CD 1 will include:
Poster and Sticker as TIFF files and as QuarkXPress Passport 6.5 oro files.

CD2 will include:
Fish for Tomorrow leaflet: Adobe InDesign CS2 4.0
Do-it-yourself fish: Photoshop CS2 9.0 and InDesign CS2 4.0
Web animation: Macromedia Flash Professional 8.0


The Ramsar Secretariat encourages the translation of our materials into national and local languages and the editing of materials to include a national/local perspective. Please note, however:

(i) The images in all of our materials cannot be used for any other purpose without the permission of the credited photographers.

(ii) The music used in the animation has been made available to us under a commissioning agreement with Kerr Music. This music may not be altered or used for any other purpose without the agreement of Kerr Music (further information available from the Ramsar Secretariat).

Our materials may only be used for non-commercial purposes.

Examples of the translation and local adaptation of Ramsar materials:

WWD 2007
WWD 2005
WWD 2004
WWD 2003
WWD 2002

evian2.jpg (2371 bytes)danone.jpg (2960 bytes)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.

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