World Wetlands Day

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2025 DateFebruary 2, 2025
2026 DateFebruary 2, 2026

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World Wetlands Day History

World Wetlands Day is dedicated to the conservation and awareness of wetland habitats. The occasion manifests the significance of wetlands to the planet’s biodiversity, highlighting their role in providing water filtration, storm protection, and carbon storage. Additionally, this observance underscores how wetlands serve as home to a rich array of species, many of which are endangered.

Celebrated since 1997, World Wetlands Day has its origins from the convention on Wetlands, also known as the Ramsar Convention of 1971. For Americans, the observance is critically important, emphasizing the preservation and revitalization of wetlands in the country. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, America's wetlands have declined by nearly half since the 1700s, with the threat of further losses looming due to climate change and urban development. Therefore, the day convenes to inspire individuals, communities, and organizations to work collectively to protect these vital ecosystems.

In America, World Wetlands Day is observed through various activities and initiatives that engage communities and individuals. These include educational programs, clean-up drives, nature walks, and other community-involved acts aimed at preserving and appreciating wetlands. Individuals are encouraged to support local, state, and national efforts, contributing time and resources to wetlands restoration and conservation efforts. The World Wetlands Day comes around every year on February 2, invoking the need for ongoing efforts for wetland preservation across America.

Facts about World Wetlands Day

  • The theme for World Wetlands Day in 2024 was Wetlands and Human Wellbeing. The theme in 2023 was Wetland Restoration.
  • The Pantanal which is located in South America, measures over 42 million acres and is the world’s largest tropical wetland.
  • The Atchafalaya Swamp is the largest wetland in the United States. The wetland is located in central Louisiana and stretches for more than 140 miles.
  • According to NEEF, Louisiana makes up about 40% of all coastal wetlands in the U.S, while Florida makes up 20%.

Top things to do in the US for World Wetlands Day

  • Go outdoors and participate in events and activities such as tree planting, bird watching.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using hashtags such as #WorldWetlandsDay or #WetlandsMatter

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