World Wetlands Day 2010
11 February 2010
World Wetlands Day 2010: Wetlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change was celebrated worldwide this month. With the slogan “Caring for wetlands—an answer to climate change,” the theme links to this year’s United Nations’ International Year of Biodiversity 2010 by stressing how wetlands are part of the solution to climate change.
If managed well, wetlands can play a role in mitigation, helping people adapt to climate change by ensuring water and food security. These ecosystems, including peatlands, marshes, floodplains, mangrove forests and lakes, function as natural water filters and buffers against flooding, droughts and storms. They provide crucial habitats for many species of plants and animals.
The 1971 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. Today, 1,886 wetlands have been designated as Wetlands of International Importance, a total area of more than 185 million hectares.
For more information visit the Ramsar Web site >>