Fish for tomorrow? Theme of World Wetlands Day 2007

The focus for February 2nd 2007 is o­n wetlands and fisheries in recognition of: the importance of fish as a source of protein for the diet of billions of people;the important role that inland and coastal wetlands play in supporting fish and fisheries as well as the sharp pressures facing stocks of marine and inland waters due to overfishing.
Posters, stickers, a leaflet and a paper fish ready to cut and paste are now available for viewing o­n the website of the Ramsar Convention.

What is World Wetlands Day?

2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention o­n Wetlands o­n 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar o­n the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular. From 1997 to 2006, the Ramsar Convention’s Web site has posted reports from more than 90 countries of WWD activities of all sizes and shapes, from lectures and seminars, nature walks, children’s art contests, sampan races, and community clean-up days, to radio and television interviews and letters to newspapers, to the launch of new wetland policies, new Ramsar Sites, and new programmes at the national level. Government agencies and private citizens from all over the world have sent us their news, often with photographs, and these annual summaries and 680+ individual reports, with more than 1000 images, make an excellent archive of ideas for future celebrations.

Browse summary information o­n the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2006 in Athens, Greece organised jointly by the MedWet Secretariat and the French Institute of Athens

Updated on 9/19/2006 12:16:06 PM.