Cities around the world will be celebrating World Wetlands Day (WWD) on Saturday, Feb. 2, and Ducks Unlimited (DU) is adding its voice to raise awareness of this important day.
Since 1937, DU has conserved more than 14 million acres of wetlands and associated habitats across North America. On average, DU and its many partners help conserve more than 250,000 acres per year.
WWD marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on Feb. 2, 1971, in Ramsar, Iran. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits and the Ramsar Convention.
The theme for this year’s World Wetlands Day is Wetlands: The key to coping with climate change.
“Ducks Unlimited conserves wetlands to support abundant waterfowl populations, but healthy wetlands are critically important to our daily lives in so many ways,” said Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Nick Wiley. “Wetlands filter and clean our water supplies, reduce flooding by storing water, buffer coastlines from extreme weather, absorb and store carbon and much more.”
DU’s conservation projects provide habitat for more than 900 species of wildlife. People also benefit from healthy wetlands and grasslands, which provide flood absorption, community resilience, clean water, recreational opportunities and fisheries resources. And while people across the globe rely on wetlands to help provide clean water, in the last 50 years the United States alone has lost more than 17 million acres of wetlands.
“World Wetlands Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the threats wetlands face and how wetlands are important. Every day, however, is wetlands day at Ducks Unlimited and without the support of our great, conservation-minded partners, our work would certainly be limited,” Wiley said.
For more information about World Wetlands Day, visit www.worldwetlandsday.org.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world‘s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.