World Wetlands Day 1998 -- report on activities around the world

WWD posterWhat is World Wetlands Day? At the 19th meeting of the Standing Committee, in late October 1996, World Wetlands Day was officially designated for 2 February of every year, the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971, as an opportunity for governments, organizations, and citizens to undertake big and small actions intended to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.

This is an index to all the WWD '98 activities so far reported to the Bureau.  If you should know of any other activities not mentioned here, send us a note ( and we'll add it to this list.

See also our earlier list of activities reported as planned for WWD '98, a repository of inspiring ideas in itself.

First . . . the Ramsar Bureau: The Bureau has unveiled a number of new initiatives in commemoration of World Wetlands Day 1998, including the launching of the Evian Project and the Wise Use Resource Centre.  

World Wetlands Day '98 at the Ramsar Bureau (and photos)

Now, CP by CP . . . . . . .

This index links to reports submitted to the Bureau (in normal font) and, where these have not yet been received, to mention of planned activities (in italics).

AlgeriaCzech RepublicJapanSlovak Republic
ArgentinaFrench GuianaKenyaSouth Africa
British Virgin IslandsGuineaNew ZealandThailand
CanadaIcelandParaguayTrinidad & Tobago
CubaIslamic Rep. of IranRepublic of KoreaUnited Kingdom
.IsraelRussian FederationUnited States of America

World Wetlands Day 1997 -- some reports of last year's activities

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