February 2nd is World Wetlands Day! This day is for remembering the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on 2 February, 1971. This year, the theme is Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future.
Urban wetlands are land areas that are flooded with water, either seasonally or permanently. Urban wetlands are found in and around cities or their suburbs. They include rivers and their flood plains, lakes, and swamps as well as coastal variants such as salt marshes, mangroves and coral reefs.
When left intact or restored, urban wetlands make cities liveable by:
- – Reducing flooding
- – Replenishing drinking water
- – Filtering waste and improving water quality
- – Improving urban air quality
- – Promoting human well-being
- – Enabling livelihoods