Wetlands and Biodiversity - World Wetlands Day theme in 2020

World Wetlands Day - February 2, 2020
 
Each year, February 2nd is World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
 
The campaign's theme for 2020 World Wetlands Day is "Wetlands and Biodiversity."
 
Wetlands are rich with biodiversity and are a habitat for a dense variety of plant and animal species. Latest estimates show a global decline of biodiversity, while wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests. This year's theme is a unique opportunity to highlight wetland biodiversity, its status, why it matters and promote actions to reverse its loss.
 
Ramsari Sites in Hungary
 
Hungary joined the Convention in 1979 and currently it has 29 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 260,668 hectares.
 
More information on the topic can be found on the following websites:   Ramsar Convention      Hungarian Ramsar Sites
 
More information on the World Wetlands Day campaign can be found on the World Wetlands Day homepage.
 
On the occasion of  World Wetlands Day, we recommend the following books from our library shelves. Book cover images lead to the online catalogue.