‘Healthy Wetlands Healthy People’ is Theme for World Wetland Day

by Medindia Content Team on  February 2, 2008 at 12:08 PM Environmental Health   - G J E 4
‘Healthy Wetlands Healthy People’ is Theme for World Wetland Day
The world will celebrate Wetland Day tomorrow 2nd February each year is celebrated as World Wetlands Day.

This year's theme is "Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People". It marks the anniversary of the adoption of the international Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971. Since then over a thousand wetlands have been protected by governments under the 'Ramsar' convention. Wetland is the home to a numerous of wildlife (e.g. Fiddler crab, mudskipper, water birds), and an important supply of natural resources (e.g. clean water, rice, vegetable, medicine), as well as a nature classroom.

The Convention on Wetlands, usually called the Ramsar Convention after the city in Iran where it was signed, covers all aspects of wetland conservation for biodiversity and for human use.

The main aim of the Ramsar Convention is the sustainable use of wetlands. As a showcase, the Convention lists Wetlands of International Importance, such as the Severn Estuary and Martin Mere.

"Drawing for Wetland Conservation" Competition has been organized all over the world this year where students will present their creativity and idea on wetland conservation. People and particularly students have been encouraged to observe wetland environments, wetland plants and animals in various countries.

Source: PIB

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