World Wetlands Day 2017 Theme and Why Celebrated

World Wetlands Day 2017 Wetland Day In India


The 2 February each year is World Wetlands Day, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971.

Established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet, WWD was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and has grown remarkably since then. Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.

World Wetlands Day 2017
World Wetlands Day 2017


World Wetlands Day 2017


The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2017 is Wetlands for disaster risk reduction. This theme will be reflected in the February 2017 edition of Wetlands Australia.

Wetlands play an important role in helping to provide communities with resilience to natural hazards such as flooding caused by storms, cyclones, storm surges and tsunamis. Under projected climate change scenarios, extreme climatic events, including floods, droughts and storms are expected to increase in frequency and intensity.

Unfortunately, wetlands are often viewed as wasteland, and more than 64% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1900. World Wetlands Day is an annual opportunity to raise public awareness and promote the value of wetlands.



How World Wetlands Day is Celebrated

It is celebrated by gathering together with common people, government agencies, NGOs, non-government organizations and people of all the community to enhance the public awareness towards the significance of wetland. To celebrate this event, variety of programs like seminars, lectures, nature walks, sampan race, poster exhibitions, video films screening, slide shows based on the wetland, art and quiz competitions, painting competition, photography exhibition, community cleanup, interviews on radio and television and etc takes place at the national level at many places. Various other new wetland policies and new Ramsar sites gets launch at this day.

World Wetlands Day 2017
World Wetlands Day 2017 

Why World Wetlands Day is Celebrated

The Ramsar Convention offers an international structure in order to globally support the conservation and sustainable management of the wetlands. It is celebrated to make aware the public, discus the value of wetlands, its beneficial aspects as well as to promote its conservation and use for enhancing the overall level of the human health, growth and development. The event celebration plays a great role in making the healthy wetlands in order to deliver the worth ecosystem service to benefit the common people. The demands of water required for growing crops, energy supply and various needs of the industry are also focused during the celebration. It is celebrated to promote the proper use of wetlands and their resources.



World Wetlands Day Theme

The themes of the world wetlands day celebrations from 1997 to 2016 are listed below


The theme for the world wetland day 1997 was “Benefits of Wetlands to the Human Population”.

The theme for the world wetland day 1998 was “Conserving wetlands to ensure availability of clean water for all”.

The theme for the world wetland day 1999 was “People and Wetlands: the Vital Link”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2000 was “Celebrating Our Wetlands of International Importance”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2001 was “Wetland world – A world to discover!”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2002 was “Wetlands: Water, Life, and Culture”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2003 was “No wetlands – no water”.



The theme for the world wetland day 2004 was “From Mountains to the Sea – Wetlands at Work for Us”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2005 was “Cultural and biological diversity in wetlands” and slogan was “There’s wealth in wetland diversity – don’t lose it”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2006 was “Wetlands as a tool in poverty alleviation”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2007 was “Fish for tomorrow?”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2008 was “Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2009 was “Upstream-Downstream: Wetlands connect us all”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2010 was “Wetlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2011 was “wetlands and forests – forests for water and wetlands”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2012 was “Wetlands and Tourism”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2013 was “Wetlands take care of water”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2014 was “Wetlands and Agriculture”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2015 was “Wetlands for Our Future”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2016 would be “Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods”.

The theme for the world wetland day 2017 is “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”.



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