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EVENTS - 2011

World Wetlands Day, 2 February

World Wetlands Day is an annual event that commemorates the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian City of Ramsar. Each year, the celebration focuses on a different theme to highlight different challenges affecting wellbeing of the environment. The theme for 2011 is "Wetlands, Forests and Climate Change". World Wetlands Day 2011 celebration is organised in partnership by the departments of Environmental Affairs, Water Affairs, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Water Research Commission, South African National Biodiversity Institute (Working for Wetlands) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

The purpose of this day is to recognise the values and benefits the public and the economy derive from wetlands. This year’s focus will be on the inter-linkages between wetlands and forests and the government’s role in the mitigation of climate change. This will also heighten public awareness towards ensuring collective efforts in the protection of forests and wetlands in the fight against climate change.