World Wetlands Day is observed annually on 2 February to raise awareness of the importance of wetlands for both the environment and people.
Wetlands provide essential habitat for wildlife, improve the quality of the water, reduce the risk of flooding, and provide a host of other ecological, monetary, and social benefits.
History of World Wetlands Day
On 2 February 1971, the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in Ramsar, Iran. This date is remembered with World Wetlands Day.
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The Convention on Wetlands is a global agreement that aims to conserve and prudently use wetlands and their resources. The Convention establishes a framework for international cooperation protect and sustainably utilise wetlands and their resources, including lakes, rivers, marshes, swamps, peatlands, and coastal areas.
This is done through international cooperation, the exchange of knowledge, and the promotion of best practices on wetlands. There are more 170 Parties to the Convention.
The occasion of World Wetlands Day offers a chance to spread awareness of the problems facing wetlands, including habitat loss, pollution, and climate change, as well as their preservation and responsible use.
Activities for World Wetlands Day in Singapore
This year, the activities for World Wetlands Day in Singapore are taking place at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 4 February 2023.
Wetland Family Adventure
Learn about wetlands in this Parent-Child bonding activity which brings you for a guided tour of the wetlands of Sungei Buloh, ending with hands-on activity at our new “Junior Wetland”, designed for young children!
Limited to 15 parent-child pairs (30 participants). This activity is suitable for children between 5 to 12 years old.
World Wetlands Day Craft and Booth Activities
Enjoy a range of activities to learn about wetlands through crafts!
Registration is not required. All are welcomed.
Date: 4 February 2023 (Saturday)
Time: 9am to 1pm
Venue: Visitor Center, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 60 Kranji Way, S 739453
Nature Photography Workshop
Curious how to capture images of nature in our city-state? Join Daryl Yeo and the Nature Photographic Society, Singapore (NPSS) as they explain the techniques of nature photography in Singapore. This session includes a talk and also a field workshop at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Register here.
What’s in my Water (Fully booked)
Go for an interesting morning walk getting to know the creatures and plants that lives in and around the water edges of Sungei Buloh. Register here.
Wander Watch (Fully booked)
Celebrate the return of the migratory shorebirds! After enduring a long and harsh journey of almost ten thousand kilometres over mountains and seas, the migratory shorebirds have arrived in Singapore from far-flung locations like the Siberian and Tibetan plateaus.
‘Wader Watch’ is one of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s signature workshops, where you can learn how to identify our feathered friends! This workshop will cover an introduction to these birds, followed by a birdwatching session around the Reserve where you can hone your newly acquired skills. Register here.