Every year, on the 2nd of February, is the World Wetlands Day. This year’s celebrations have focused on responsible wetland tourism.
Responsible tourism and wetland conservation are two interconnected elements: tourism can benefit local communities in and around wetlands contributing to economic development but, if poorly managed, it can have negative impacts on wetland biodiversity and local livelihoods.
The discussion on wetlands tourism will continue at the 11th Meeting of the Ramsar Convention in July 2012, in Romania, under the theme Wetlands, Tourism and Recreation. On the occasion of the conference, a Resolution on wetlands and tourism will be discussed. Mr. Anada Tiéga, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention, underlined that “the adoption of this Resolution will provide a formal framework for governments, NGOs and civil society for achieving sustainability in wetland tourism.”