Photo: Ron Mader, Clark County Wetlands Park
The theme for 2017 “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction” emphasizes the importance of the wetland ecosystem as a natural, effective and less costly solution than other hard measures taken to reduce disaster risk and the effects of climate change.
Wetlands are are areas where water covers the soil, or is present either at or near the surface of the soil all year or for varying periods of time during the year.
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat carries out the day-to-day coordination of the Convention’s activities. The offices are co-located with IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature) in Gland, Switzerland, which provides some supporting services to the Convention and Secretariat staff are legally considered to be employees of IUCN.