World Wetlands Day 1998 in Cambodia


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 page is part of a series of reports on activities held on and about WWD '98 in various countries of the world, as reported to the Bureau.  If you should know of any other activities not mentioned on these pages, 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.



Dear Colleagues,

Just a note to let you know that World Wetland Day was a success in Cambodia.

1: Workshop

There was a Wetland Inventory Workshop in Phnom Penh attended by the Vice-Prime Minister and the Minister for the Environment. The Minister launched the workshop and mentioned WWD and how important it was!

2: Coverage (Media)

There were articles in the French Newspaper

3: National Coastal Zone Projects- Steering Committee

The Minister mentioned the note received from the Ramsar Bureau and was obviously delighted.

I hope everyone had a tremendous WWD.

Thanks to the Ramsar Bureau for the letters of support.

Best wishes from the Cambodia and Mekong Programme.

Bernard O’Callaghan
Wetlands International- Cambodia and Mekong Programme
PO. Box 2182
Phnom Penh 3, CAMBODIA

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