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2 Feb 2018 - The World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The Ramsar Convention approved "Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future" as the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2018.

While cities are growing, wetlands are disappering...

More than 64% of the world’s wetlands have been lost since 1900.

But there is hope! Citizens all over the world, especially young people, are taking action to help save wetlands and mangroves from destruction.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development states our resolve “to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources”. In particular, Goals 14 and 15 focus on protecting under water and on land ecosystems, as well as on sustainably using marine and terrestrial resources.

The Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Life Below Water - sets the target of sustainably managing and protecting marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and taking action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans.

Wetlands are extremely rich in biodiversity. They provide a valuable nursery habitat for fish and crustaceans; a food source for monkeys, deer, birds, even kangaroos; and a source of nectar for honeybees. They support complex communities, where thousands of other species interact.

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UNDP Ocean Action Hub
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UNDP Ocean Action Hub
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Marine ecosystems