Wetlands and disaster risk reduction
With the frequency of disaster risk globally has doubled in the last 35 years, often due to weather and climate related risks. As predictions for climate change become more and more extreme, it is useful to remind ourselves that wetlands can reduce these risks, through natural flood and drought reduction processes.
This year’s World Wetlands Day does just that, and Ramsar has produced a range of materials to help you to celebrate the day, click here to see more. The resources include information sheets, guide to holding events, a cartoon, a t-shirt design and much more. There is also the regular youth photo contest – for those between 18-25, so please encourage people to take pictures of wetlands that play a role in disaster risk reduction.
The Ramsar convention, signed in 1971, is an international convention to protect wetlands. Every year they celebrate, along with their members and partners, World Wetlands Day on the 2nd of February. WLI works with Ramsar to deliver some of the CEPA activities related to wise use of wetlands. WLI and its members also use the Ramsar themes and materials every year to support their wetland conservation aims.