World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day – An Appreciation for Wetland Habitats

World Wetlands Day is an annual event every February 2nd. The day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands. This is an Intergovernmental Treaty signed by over 160 nations in support of wetland preservation and sustainability.

Since the initial World Wetlands Day, over 2,000 wetland sites have been designated Wetlands of International Importance. The Convention of Wetlands was kicked off as a result of recent trends. Specifically, over 60% of wetlands have been lost since 1900.

Wetland sites are often underappreciated habitats. While environmentalists and conservationists have always understood the value these locations provide, the general public does not have the same level of appreciation. Wetlands have historically been viewed as “unproductive” land. Over the decades, that land was drained, filled in, and developed. As an example, most of the tourist attractions in Orlando rest on wetlands that were converted for other purposes.

Importance of Wetlands

Wetlands provide a tremendous value to our world; both as a rich ecosystem and as a source of livelihood to over a billion people.

Countless plant and animal species call wetlands their home. The loss of biodiversity that we’ve already invoked through development is unthinkable.

For all of human history, water has been a driving force for life and for livelihood. Preserving these priceless resources has become a greater concern now than ever before. Wetlands enable over a billion people every day to grow their food, while also provide an income for their families.

World Wetlands Day is designed to raise awareness for this invaluable resource to both nature and humanity. Wetland habitats need a voice and advocates to ensure they remain preserved for future generations. Sustainability doesn’t happen by accident – it takes insightful action from people.

Get Involved in Wetland Preservation

Here are a few ways you and your family can help celebrate World Wetlands Day while also getting involved!

  • Go check out a local wetland habitat.
  • Get educated on why wetland conservation is so important.
  • Find out how people in your area make their livelihood from wetlands.
  • Help spread the word by sharing this information with your friends and family.

Please be sure to support wetland habitat preservation in your area!