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It is time to get your toes wet. Every February 2nd is World Wetlands Day, an international celebration that aims to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and the planet. It also commemorates the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar (known now as The Ramsar convention.)

Wetlands, among other ecological features, are known for their capacity to store vast amounts of carbon, hence the importance of the role of these ecosystems in mitigating climate change.

Currently, wetlands—especially forested wetlands—are undergoing very high deforestation rates around the globe. Not only does this put their carbon storage potential under threat, but it jeopardizes the vital ecosystem services they provide, including water regulation, habitats for wildlife, food and even disaster protection. Learn more about their importance by taking the World Wetlands Day quiz.

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