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World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is annually held on February 2 to celebrate how wetlands, which are lands saturated by water, help maintain biodiversity on Earth.

Wetlands play an important role in maintaining the ecosystem.
Wetlands play an important role in maintaining the ecosystem.
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Celebrate World Wetlands Day

Governments, community groups, and individuals around the world celebrate World Wetlands Day with special campaigns to promote the important value that the wetlands play in our lives. The day is promoted via social media, radio and TV broadcasts, and newspapers.

Public Life

World Wetlands Day is not an official holiday so businesses, schools and government offices are open.

About World Wetlands Day

Wetlands are found near the sea or inland and can be seasonal – they are water logged only during parts of the year, or perennial. They play a crucial role in the ecosystem by:

  • Preventing flooding by absorbing water.
  • Ensuring that the soil provides a unique breeding ground for vegetation that feed fish.
  • Giving shelter to animals.
  • Purifying water by removing sediment.

World Wetlands Day has been observed since February 2, 1997. The day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. The convention is a treaty on the preservation and sustainable use of wetlands.

World Wetlands Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
TueFeb 22010World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 
WedFeb 22011World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 
ThuFeb 22012World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 
SatFeb 22013World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 
SunFeb 22014World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 
MonFeb 22015World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 
TueFeb 22016World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 
ThuFeb 22017World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 
FriFeb 22018World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 
SatFeb 22019World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 
SunFeb 22020World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance 

Quick Facts

World Wetlands Day raises awareness about the important role that the wetlands play in the environment and in our lives.

World Wetlands Day 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

World Wetlands Day 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
World Wetlands DayEnglish
Día Mundial de los HumedalesSpanish
יום הביצות הבינלאומיHebrew
اليوم العالمي للأراضي الرطبةArabic
세계 습지의 날Korean
Verdensdag for våtmarkNorwegian
Welttag der FeuchtgebieteGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holidays on February 2, 2017

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