World Wetlands Day

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Every year, on the second day of February, World Wetlands Day is celebrated to mark the signing of the Ramsar Convention on this day in 1971.

The convention, signed in Ramsar, Iran is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value.

Ramsar wetlands of international importance are defined by the convention for having international significance in terms of ecology, botany, zoology, limnology or hydrology. There are over 20 Ramsar wetlands of International Importance in the Caribbean including; the Caroni swamp and Nariva swamp in Trinidad, Codrington Lagoon in Barbuda, Graeme Hall Swamp in Barbados, and the Black River in Jamaica.


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