World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2nd February annually to mark the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2nd 1971. It is celebrated to raise awareness among all sections of the society about values and functions of wetlands, utilization of their resources and their environmental importance. Each year, a global theme is adopted to focus attention and help raise public awareness about the value of wetlands.
The theme for 2022 is Wetlands Action for People and Nature – A call to take action for wetlands
is the focus of this years’ campaign. It’s an appeal to
invest financial, human and political capital to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing and to restore those we have
This year’s celebration of World Wetlands Day in 2022 is especially significant, as on 30th August 2021 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 75/317 that established it as a UN event henceforth. WWD is open to everyone, from international organizations, governments, wetland practitioners, to children, youth, media, community groups, decision-makers, to all individuals, as these ecosystems are important for us all.
Past celebrations :
In 2021, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) celebrated the World Wetland Day (Vishwa Ardra Bhoomi Diwas) virtually. That year’s theme was ‘Wetlands and Water’. The event was streamed live on the official YouTube Channel
Ministry celebrations of the World Wetlands Day in recent years:
- WWD 2021 celebrated at Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, New Delhi and virtually
- WWD 2020 celebrated at Keetham Wetland, Uttar Pradesh
- WWD 2019 celebrated at Bhitarkanika, Odisha
- WWD 2018 celebrated at Deepor Beel, Assam