World Wetlands Day; Wetlands and Water

Every year, 2nd February is celebrated as World Wetlands day, which dates back to 1971. World Wetlands Day on celebrations this year, in 2021, the theme is set as “Wetlands and Water”.

What are Wetlands? 

Wetlands, as the name indicates are bodies of water that are flooded with water either seasonally or permanently. Wetlands are very important due to their unique fauna and flora. It is the place present side by side with large water bodies like rivers and lakes.

Largest Wetland

Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland, which spreads to three countries of South America namely, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay. It covers about 42 million acres of area.

Benefits of Wetlands

Wetlands support millions of humans across the world. Humans capture fish, and other such species and use them in markets as well as in their daily food. Other benefits of wetlands include…

  1. Reduce impacts of floods.
  2. Absorb pollutants.
  3. Restores water quality.
  4. Provide habitats for millions of plants and animal species.
  5. Shoreline erosion control,… and many more.

Why World Wetland Day?

From the above discussion, it is clear as the sunny day that animals, as well as plants, depend on wetlands for most of their benefits. In this pace of population increase, it is the need of the day to recover wetlands from the harms of evils created by humans. Humans depend for their food and cash on wetlands, therefore, it is needed to take care of the species as well as the structure of wetlands.

Let us rise hands for an environment that is friendly as well as productive not only for mankind but also for other organisms of the world.

Nature is for all.

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