Wetlands for a sustainable urban future
Half of humanity about 4 billion people live in urban areas today. By 2050 that proportion will reach 66% as people move to cities in search of jobs and a vibrant social life. Cities account for around 80% of global economic output. As cities expand and demand for land increases, the tendency is to encroach on wetlands, they are degraded, filled in and built upon. Yet when left intact or restored, urban wetlands make cities liveable.
This year’s World Wetlands Day 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.