WORLD WETLANDS DAY 2015

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The Philippines’ basic food is rice.  Other Asian countries also share this passion for eating boiled rice in the same manner as Americans and Europeans eat bread.  Rice may be fried, baked or used for rolls.  Aside from being the staple food of most Asian countries, it also is the main ingredient in making native delicacies and dessert.

When is the World Wetlands Day?

The World Wetlands Day is on February 2, 2015, a Sunday.

The World Wetlands Day is always observed on the second day of February each year.

The Origin and Purpose of the World Wetlands Day:

Participated by more than ninety countries worldwide, the World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the convention on Wetlands in February 2, 1971 in Ramsar City, Iran.  It aims to create awareness globally of the values and benefits of the Wetlands.

The Convention on Wetlands, called Ramsar Convention, spearheads the annual Wetlands campaign with the participation of government and non-government institutions.  The information dissemination centers on the salient role of wetlands in providing ecosystem services.  These include water purification, recycling of nutrients, land erosion deterrent, recharging groundwater aquifers, recreational opportunities and habitat for wildlife.

The World Wetlands Day celebration theme 2014:  

Each year, the Ramsar Convention picks a theme for the year’s celebration.  For 2014, the theme is “Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth.” This is in line with the United Nations International Year of Family Farming.

Activities are varied which may include tree planting, symposiums, giving and soliciting of donations for the cause, and school lessons focussed on water, land, animals and plants.  Farm visits, water-based activities, and designing a wetland challenge may also be undertaken.  Organizing Wetland events are also welcomed.

When is the 2016 World Wetlands Day?

The World Wetlands Day is on February 2, 2016, a Tuesday.

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