2 February 2012 - The theme for World Wetlands
Day 2012 being celebrated around the world today is "Wetland
Tourism: A Great Experience."
World Wetlands Day 2012 draws attention to the world's
wetlands as popular tourist destinations and is an opportunity
for governments, NGOs and civil society to raise awareness
on the wise use of wetlands and sustainable tourism.
Wetland tourism, when developed and managed in a sustainable
way, can support wetland conservation and can be beneficial
to both the wildlife and the human communities found living
in and around wetlands. At the same time the uncontrolled
and unsustainable use of wetlands for tourism can also have
a grave negative impact upon wetlands, their wildlife and
the people which depend on them.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated around the world on 2
February each year. The global event marks the date of the
adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian
city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. This year,
the Ramsar Convention has joined forces with the UN World
Tourism Organization to try to focus attention on the issues
and to address the challenge of achieving sustainable tourism
in and around wetlands.
* Ramsar / UN WTO Press Release: [English]
Wetlands Day 2012 Website