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World Wetlands Day seeks to raise awareness about the immense value and significance of wetland ecosystems. A hallmark of environmental conservation, this observance focuses on mitigating the threats and deleterious activities that endanger these vital habitats. Essential aspects acknowledged include the role of wetlands in maintaining global biodiversity, moderating the effects of climate change through carbon sequestration, and providing critical resources such as water, food, and fibre, as well as cultural and recreational services.
The establishment of World Wetlands Day can be traced back to 1971, with the adoption of the Ramsar Convention in Iran, aimed at preserving wetlands of international significance. For the European Union, this occasion underpins policy frameworks and environmental legislation that support wetland conservation and sustainable management. The continent is home to more than 329 Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, underscoring the observation's relevance. EU citizens are encouraged to understand and advocate the wise use of wetlands, recognising their contribution to mitigating climate change effects, enhancing biodiversity, and promoting human well-being.
In the European Union, World Wetlands Day is marked by numerous organised activities and initiatives. Nature walks, birdwatching trips, and photography competitions cater to public engagement. Educational seminars and workshops in schools, universities and community centres foster an understanding of the biodiversity of these ecosystems and human responsibility towards their conservation. Policy dialogues and media campaigns amplify the advocacy for sustainable wetland management. World Wetlands Day is observed annually on the 2nd of February, lending an opportunity each year for the countries in the European Union to underscore their commitment to wetland conservation and sustainable use.
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