World Wetlands Day 2014: Wetlands and agriculture

2 February each year is World Wetlands Day, the Convention's annual campaign day.

Reports of activities
Adaptations of materials

Available materials:
Poster and sticker; Leaflet; Comic Strip; Game; PowerPoint and Prezi; Vine video competition

Download the poster's low resolution [3.6 MB]
and print-ready [14.5 MB] files
Also available as a sticker [2 MB]

2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming – so the Ramsar Convention chose Wetlands & Agriculture as the World Wetlands Day theme for 2014. And what a great theme for Ramsar, given that wetlands are so often intimately linked with agriculture. Our slogan? Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth, placing a focus on the need for the wetland and agricultural sectors (and the water sector too) to work together for the best shared outcomes.

Wetlands have often been seen as a barrier to agriculture, and they continue to be drained and reclaimed to make farming land available. But the essential role of wetlands in support of agriculture is becoming clearer and clearer, and there are successful agricultural practices which support healthy wetlands.

We hope these materials help you to focus on wetlands and agriculture in your international, national or local situation.

This leaflet looks at different types and scales of agriculture, at the impacts of agriculture on wetlands, and at some of the successful methods used to reduce the negative impacts, sustain wetland health, and restore degraded wetlands in agricultural landscapes.

Download the leaflet's print-ready file [33 MB]
Developed in collaboration with FAO and IWMI

Download the comic strip [5 MB] by SEPPO
Download the version without text [10 MB] to tell your own story

Download the game [3 MB]

Download the PowerPoint [6 MB] and the Prezi presentations
How to use and customize the Prezi presentation

Vine Video Competition

As part of World Wetlands Day 2014, we have organized a video competition on Vine. From 27 January to 9 February 2014 we invited users to share videos showing successful interactions between agriculture and wetlands or showing a glimpse of how World Wetlands Day events and activities raised awareness about wetlands. View the winning videos

Receiving our materials by post. If you did not receive our pack of materials last year and would like to receive them in the future then please write to and ask to be put on the mailing list – and don’t forget to send your full postal address.

Adapting our materials. See here for the adaptations produced. We will again be making the design files for our materials available. If you would like to receive the design files please write to


The Ramsar Secretariat encourages the translation of our materials into national and local languages and the editing of materials to include a national/local perspective.
Please note:

(i) The images in all of our materials cannot be used for any other purpose without the permission of the credited photographers.

(ii) Our materials may only be used for non-commercial purposes.

(iii) WWD is an important  branding opportunity for the Convention on Wetlands as well as your own organization. To make clear the importance of the Ramsar Convention in your work, we ask that you always  retain the Ramsar logo on all your materials. Please remember to put the logo in its current position at the top left.

Thank you for following this guidance.

Since its inception, the production and distribution of materials for World Wetlands Day have been financially supported by the Evian Project funded by the Danone Group.

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