World Wetland Day 2011 Celebrated

World Wetland Day was celebrated on 2 February 2011 with Wetlands and Forests as its theme.

Feb 3, 2011 14:56 IST
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2 February: World Wetland Day

The World Wetland day was celebrated on 2 February 2011. The observation of World Wetland Day on 2nd February marks the date of adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar which is located on the shores of the Capsian Sea. On 2 February 2011 the 40th anniversary of Ramsar convention was celebrated. Wetlands and Forests was the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011 particularly because 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests. Forests for Water and Wetlands was the slogan for 2011 World Wetland Day. The slogan was chosen to highlight the role forested wetlands play and the special benefits they bring in our lives. The Environment Ministry of the government of India organised a function on this occasion at Bharatpur Sanctuary, Rajasthan.

Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens used the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.