Sri Lanka and nations across the globe will commemorate World Wetlands Day today.
The World Wetlands Day is commemorated annually on the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on the 2nd February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran.
The Convention on Wetlands, also called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and judicious use of wetlands and their resources, which are designated as Ramsar Sites.
The World Wetlands Day was first commemorated in 1997.
The theme of this year is ‘Wetlands Action for People and Nature’, highlighting the importance of actions to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands for humans and planetary health.
In view of World Wetlands Day, the Ministry of Environment and the Central Environmental Authority organized a commemorative event adjacent to the Diyawanna River at 9 this morning.
Sri Lanka which is a party to the Ramsar Convention will hold a number of programmes to protect the designated sites this year.
The Department of Wildlife Conservation will also work with the CEA to conduct programmes.