We will be celebrating World Wetlands Day (WWD) 2019 with wetland restoration and education activities around the country. WWD falls on February 2 and marks the day the international Convention on the Wise Use of Wetlands (known as the Ramsar Convention) was signed in in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. WWD is a day when wetlands are celebrated around the world for the vital benefits they provide:
- Drinking water
- Water for agriculture and aquaculture that produce the food we eat
- A tapestry of biodiversity upon which we all depend
- A multitude of recreation, tourism and cultural opportunities
- Protection against the impacts of climate change, which are increasing in intensity and frequency
The WWD theme this year is Wetlands and Climate Change. Wetlands play a critical role in storing carbon and reducing the impact of extreme weather events associated with climate change. They store floodwater and can protect coastlines from storm surges. Find out more about WWD and the Ramsar Convention on the World Wetlands Day website.
In 2018 CVA hosted 16 events for 300 keen volunteers to celebrate World Wetlands Day. To get involved in 2019 visit our Bookings page and search for Wetland projects in February