World Wetlands Day: Theme and significance


GUWAHATI: February 2 is celebrated as World Wetlands Day. This day is celebrated to raise global awareness about the vital role played by wetlands for people and our planet.

This year’s theme for World Wetlands Day ‘Wetlands and Water,’ highlights the importance of wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages action to restore them and stop their loss.

This year’s theme for World Wetlands Day is most significant as the UN Decades of Ocean Science and Ecosystem Restoration begins in 2021.

We can find wetlands wherever water bodies meet the land. Wetlands include mangroves and marshes, peatlands, rivers, lakes and other water bodies, deltas, floodplains and swamps in forested areas, paddy-fields and coral reefs. Wetlands are protected places under UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). There are over 2,400 protected wetlands across the world.

Along with rest of the world, Assam environment and forest department has also observed World Wetlands Day at Srimanta Madhabdev Internal Auditorium of Srimanta sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.