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World Wetlands Day 2014

2nd February 2014, Worldwide 

World Wetlands Day marks  the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands which took place on 2nd February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Every year since 1997 government agencies, non-governmental organisations, and groups of citizens have taken advantage of the opportunity to  raise public awareness of the value of wetlands in general, and the Ramsar Convention in particular.

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In 2014, during the UN International Year of Family Farming, the annual campaign theme for World Wetlands Day will be ‘Wetlands and Agriculture’. The slogan for the day will be ‘Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,’ focussing on the need for the wetland, water and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.

To find out more about World Wetlands Day, and to download materials to help you organise your own World Wetlands Day event, please click here.

Wetlands and the European Green Capital Award

Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital, provides a fantastic example of recovered wetlands. The wetlands, which are now recognised as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance as well  as a European Natura 2000 Network site,are located just 2km away from the city centre. Earlier in the 20th century, the marshes of this area were drained for agricultural purposes, but they were restored in the 1990s to create two lakes. Located within a natural park, the Salburua Wetlands play an important role in terms of flood prevention and water treatment, helping to achieve the water management objectives of the city.

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The Salburua Wetlands – home to endangered species such as European mink. Courtesy of Aitor Deza

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