Thursday,December 22, 2022

2023 Major Events

2023 Asian Waterbird Census (AWC)

The AWC is an annual event and takes place once a year, during the second and third weeks of January. The census was initiated in 1987 in the Indian subcontinent, and has grown rapidly to cover 26 countries of South Asia, East Asia, South East Asia, Pacific, as well as Russia Far East. The Wetlands International coordinates the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC). The AWC runs parallel to other international census of waterbirds in Africa, Europe and Neotropics under the International Waterbird Census (IWC) umbrella.

January 7 to 22, 2023


World Wetlands Day 2023

World Wetlands Day is observed every year on February 2. It is celebrated to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971, (Ramsar Convention)  in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.   “It’s time for wetland restoration” is the this year’s theme for World Wetlands Day to call for actions and efforts to restore and revive our wetlands. Other campaign materials related to the celebration can be downloaded here

The Philippines currently have 7 RAMSAR sites

February 2, 2023


World Wildlife Day 2023

United Nations General Assembly Resolution16.1 designating 3 March as World Wildlife Day, in order to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, and recognized the important role of CITES in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the survival of species. YouTube video of this years celebration campaign can be watched here.

This World Wildlife Day 2023 falls on the 50th Anniversary of CITES coming into being. Since its inception, CITES has stood at the junction of trade and conservation. It has sought to build partnerships and reconcile differences between the groups that are guided and governed by its regulations. This year’s theme “Partnerships for wildlife conservation“, focused on honoring the people and groups who are making a difference in raising awareness of endangered species.

March 3, 2023