World Wetlands Day occurs annually on February 2nd, marking the…
Celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February 2024 with events around Ireland and educational videos
World Wetlands Day is an annual event promoting the wonder of wetlands and helping highlight global, national and local efforts to raise awareness about wetlands.
Nearly 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s, and globally we are losing wetlands three times faster than forests. Yet, wetlands are critically important ecosystems that contribute to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, freshwater availability, world economies and more. World Wetlands Day is the ideal time to increase people’s understanding of these critically important ecosystems.
World Wetlands Day is an urgent call to act. It is an appeal to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing altogether — and to restore those we have already lost.
The theme of World Wetland’s Day in 2024 is “Wetlands and Human Wellbeing” and educational resources are freely available at www.worldwetlandsday.org
Events around Ireland
Some events to celebrate World Wetlands Day are being held around the country and you can find details here: www.irishwetlands.ie/events/
The Blue Dots of Connemara
To mark World Wetlands Day in February 2024, Galway County Council and LAWPRO will be launching our new bi-lingual booklets on the Blue Dots of Connemara with the Cathaoirleach Liam Carroll on the 2nd February at Scoil na bhForbacha.
RTÉ’s Home School Hub’s Múinteoir John Sharpson will be delivering a special lesson to the students of the school highlighting why the waterbodies and wetlands of Connemara’s Blue Dot’s are so special and what the students can do to protect them.
Copies of the booklets are available online here Connemara-Blue-Dots-ENG.pdf (streamscapes.ie and in Irish here Connemara-Blue-Dots-IRE.pdf (streamscapes.ie) and have also been distributed to the local Galway Public Library branches in Connemara for World Wetlands Day.
For more information contact or to order your free copy of the Connemara Blue Dot booklet, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To see Connemara’s beautiful Blue Dots and learn more about them, watch this specially commissioned video made by LAWPRO and Galway County Council.
The Irish Wetlands Video Series
To celebrate World Wetlands Day 2021 and 50 years since the signing of the Ramsar Convention to protect wetlands globally, the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee (IRWC) launched a series videos showing the wonder of wetlands. These videos were produced by the IRWC with support from the OPW, the EPA and NPWS.