Archive for February, 2010

February 2nd, 2010

World Wetlands Day

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

The Ramsar Convention now includes 160 contracting parties and 1,910 Wetlands of International Importance with a total surface area of more than 186 million hectares and home to countless waterbirds. World Wetlands Day was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and made an encouraging beginning. World Wetlands Day 2011 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention with the launch of ‘Ramsar’s liquid assets’ book.  more »