The Ramsar Convention kicks off a global celebration of 40 years of conserving wetlands with the launch of an animated 40th anniversary Ramsar logo


2nd February is World Wetlands Day - this we all know. But there’s something special about WWD 2011: it’s the 40th anniversary of the birth of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The Convention first saw the light of day on February 2nd 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. At the Secretariat we are well ahead with our planning for the Convention’s birthday and we hope our news today will help you, the Ramsar family, to become fully involved and use this opportunity to raise the profile of Ramsar and wetlands in your country.

The Convention’s 40th anniversary logo was officially launched today In Oman at a workshop for Contracting Parties and non-Contracting Parties in the Arabian Peninsula. We hope this attractive logo (in an animated format for those who wish it) will kick start a global wave of activity throughout 2011 to celebrate wetlands, why we care about them, and what we as a Convention have achieved over the last 40 years. While not a time for complacency since there is still so much to do to secure the health of our wetlands, it’s still a time for celebrating what we have achieved.

Look here to see our special 40th anniversary web page. You will find a press release on the launch, the logo itself in animated and non-animated form, and over the next few months the Secretariat’s plans for celebrating in 2011, as well as some stories from our Contracting Parties. And what about our WWD theme Wetlands and Forests? Read more on the 40th web page.

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