2021 - the 50th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on the second day of February every year, though it was not originally celebrated until 1997.
It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.
Since 1997, World Wetlands Day has been used to:
- raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits
- promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
Each year a theme is selected to focus attention and help raise public awareness about the value of wetlands.
The 2021 theme is ‘Wetlands and Water’. This highlights the role wetlands play in:
- clean water
- water supply
- ecosystem resilience
- sustainable livelihoods and jobs
- biodiversity conservation
- storm protection
- carbon storage
- climate change adaptation
- health and well-being
- tourism and recreation.
The Kis-Balaton has been legally protected since 1951. It has been part of the Balaton-felvidéki National Park since 1997. It has been under the protection of the Ramsar Convention since 1979. Almost the whole area of the Kis-Balaton was designated according to the Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive.
Further information: https://rsis.ramsar.org/ris/185