Wetlands Day


World Wetlands Day is observed on February 2nd each year to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and promote their conservation. Wetlands are vital ecosystems that play a crucial role in maintaining biodiversity, providing habitat for various plant and animal species, and offering numerous ecosystem services.

Wetlands encompass a variety of habitats, including marshes, swamps, bogs, and mangroves, among others. They act as natural filters, purifying water, and help in flood control by absorbing excess water during heavy rainfall. Additionally, wetlands serve as carbon sinks, storing large amounts of carbon and contributing to climate change mitigation.

Despite their ecological significance, wetlands face various threats such as urbanization, agriculture, pollution, and climate change. World Wetlands Day aims to highlight the importance of preserving these ecosystems, promoting sustainable management practices, and ensuring their continued role in supporting life on Earth. The day often involves activities such as educational programs, community events, and conservation initiatives to foster a greater understanding of wetlands and their conservation needs.



02 February 2024

Speaker: Prof. (Dr.) A. Biju Kumar

Topic: Wetlands, Biodiversity, and Human Well-being 

Prof.A.Biju Kumar

Dean, Faculty of Science and Professor and Head of the Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala

About the speaker

Currently serves as Dean, Faculty of Science and Professor and Head of the Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala. Former Director of Research, University of Kerala. Served as Scientific Officer of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, and Principal Scientific Officer and Member Secretary of Kerala State Biodiversity Board.  Dr Biju is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC). Works on biodiversity, taxonomy, and ecology of marine and inland systems. Published more than 200 research papers, 25 books, and over 300 popular articles. Described 8 new genera and about 50 new species of aquatic organisms and three species are named after Biju Kumar. He is a well-known Environmental educator and popular science writer.

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