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World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day February 2nd, 2018

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.

Many wetland centres are found in towns and cities, and provide an excellent opportunity for urban populations to get in touch

El salado arial view

El salado arial view

with wetlands and their wildlife.  The London Wetland Centre, opened in 2000, offers 45 ha of wetland in West London, and runs education and visitor programmes to give people an immersive and hands-on experience of wetlands.  Sungei Buloh, situated on the densely populated island of Singapore, provides escape from the city, and is skilled in managing high visitation and the issues it involves.   The Estero El Salado, Mexico, is situated in the city of Puerto Vallarta, and runs a range of activities allowing visitors to get up close and person with wildlife (particularly crocodiles, the most popular activity!)

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.

Please take a look at this link to find out what our WLI colleagues did for the World Wetlands Day 2016World Wetlands Day 2015, and World Wetlands Day 2014


The WLI network is endorsed by the Ramsar Convention on wetlands and coordinated by WWT.

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