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World Wetlands Day:
February 2nd, 2017

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World Wetlands Day marks the signing of The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance that took place in Ramsar, Iran on February 2, 1971. The goal of this international celebration is to raise public awareness of the value of wetlands and to promote wetland conservation. 

This year’s theme of “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction” emphasizes the vital roles of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities and in helping to build resilience.

World Wetlands Day provides an excellent opportunity for students and teachers to explore local wetlands and to take action on their behalf.

Why Care about the Wetlands?

 Habitat:

  • Wetlands provide the planet’s second most bio-diverse ecosystems.
  • Most of the world’s endangered plant and animal species depend on wetlands.
  • Many economically-important species thrive in wetlands.

Services- Wetlands provide:

  • Flood control
  • Freshwater purification
  • Groundwater replenishment
  • Shoreline stabilization
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Economic / business opportunities
  • Recreation opportunities
  • Employment opportunities

Human Impact:

  • 90% of Canada’s urban wetlands have been destroyed
  • 50% of Canada’s freshwater wetlands have been destroyed
  • 65% of Atlantic Canada’s salt marshes have disappeared
  • Historically, agriculture has been the largest contributor to wetland loss

Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in World Wetlands Day. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.

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For more information and ideas be sure to check out the World Wetlands Day website at http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/