World Wetlands Day occurs annually on 2 February, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on the same date in 1971.
“Wetlands and climate change”, the theme for 2019, aims to highlight the important role played by wetlands, as natural solutions, in adapting to, and mitigating the impact of climate change.
The economy, human health and natural ecosystems are facing one of the most pressing challenges: climate change. Wetland ecosystems are severely affected by such impacts of climate change such as sea level rise, coral bleaching, hydrological effects, changes in water temperature, and alterations in water availability and quality. But wetlands also present a nature-based solution to climate change, by for example naturally absorb and store carbon, buffer coastlines from extreme weather, reduce floods and relieve droughts.
Learn more, and take part in the global celebration #WorldWetlandsDay here.