World Wetlands Day is observed every year on 2 February. The day is observed to create awareness among people about the importance of wetlands and various ways to restore their rapid loss and degradation. The day aims to highlight the important role wetlands play in maintaining biodiversity and supporting human well-being.
The theme of the year in 2023 is ‘It’s Time for Wetlands Restoration.
The Convention on Wetlands was ratified as an international treaty on 2 February 1971 at Ramsar, Iran. On 30 August 2021, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 75/317 for World Wetlands Day. World Wetlands Day originated in 1997 when the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands began educating the general public about the importance of protecting wetlands. Posters, factsheets, documents and other outreach materials were distributed among the public about the conservation of wetlands.