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[ World Wetlands Day 2013 is February 2nd ]

February 2nd each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2nd, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, 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.

The theme for this year’s World Wetlands Day is Wetlands and Water Management. The key objective of World Wetlands Day 2013 is to raise people’s awareness of the interdependence between water and wetlands, to highlight ways to ensure the equitable sharing of water between different stakeholder groups and to understand that without wetlands there will be no water. Read more about World Wetlands Day on ramsar.org.  You can download posters, cartoons, and even share the wonder of wetlands with a World Wetlands Day e-card. Click here.

Let us know in the comments what you are you doing to ensure that wetland ecosystems and their water are well managed for the benefit of people and wildlife.

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