A strange thing to celebrate perhaps, but wetlands are incredible spaces for wildlife. Today 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. Each year since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat has provided materials so that government agencies, non-governmental organizations, conservation organizations, and groups of citizens can help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.
Sadly however, wetland wildlife is under threat. Of those species that depend on inland wetlands, 30% of amphibians, freshwater reptiles and mammals, and 15% of birds are globally threatened with extinction.
If you’d like to find out more about wetlands and their immeasurable value for our world’s wildlife populations, or if you’d like to donate towards wetland and wildlife conservation in the UK, visit http://www.wwt.org.uk/
For a full list of global animal events taking place throughout the year please visit our Calendar.
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