NPWS marks World Wetlands Day

Date Released: Friday, February 2, 2024

Today (February 2nd) is World Wetlands Day. Wetlands are important ecosystems which contribute to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, freshwater availability, the economy and more. Almost 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s.

World Wetlands Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of our wetlands, to help reverse their loss and encourage actions to protect and restore them.

The theme of this year’s World Wetland’s Day is ‘Wetlands and Human Wellbeing’, recognising the link between wetlands and our own health and wellbeing.

A range of NPWS events are taking place around the country to mark the day. These include guided walks, talks and other opportunities to visit and learn about our wetlands. Find out about the bird species and wildlife which our wetlands support – including some rare species and those of international significance. See for yourself how blanket bogs are formed and why they are important for our habitats.

World Wetlands Day occurs annually on February 2nd and this year celebrates  the 51st anniversary of  the first modern day environmental treaty marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands signed in Ramsar, Iran on February 2  in 1971.  

Find an event happening near you on the Irish Wetlands website.

Clara Bog