World Wetlands Day
February 2nd each year is Worlds Wetlands Day. This yearly event exists to raise awareness about the importance of wetland ecosystems for both people and the planet, to raise awareness on how quickly wetlands are are being destroyed, and to promote the conservation and restoration of wetlands worldwide. The day marks the date of the adoption of the "Convention on Wetlands of International Importance" held in 1971 in the Iranian City of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
Through the designation of protected areas, the implementation of effective policies, and the sharing of knowledge, the Convention enables countries to take measures to protect their wetlands and to use them wisely. Adopted in 172 countries, each country joining the Convention must designate at least one wetland to be included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar sites).