World Wetlands Day

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2023 Date2 February 2023
2024 Date2 February 2024
World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day History

World Wetlands Day seeks to raise awareness about the role wetlands play in our ecosystems. Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil, either all season, or periodically throughout the year. Examples of wetlands are swamps and marshes. Wetlands help our ecosystems by improving water quality, flood protection, and shoreline erosion reduction. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 5% of land in the U.S. are wetlands. World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually on February 2nd.

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World Wetlands Day Facts

  • The theme for World Wetlands Day in 2023 was Wetland Restoration. The theme in 2022 was Wetlands Action for People and Nature.
  • 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.
  • The Pantanal which is located in South America, measures between 60,000-80,000 square miles and is the world’s largest tropical wetland.
  • According to NEEF, Louisiana makes up about 40% of all coastal wetlands in the U.S, while Florida makes up 20%.

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