World Wetlands Day in Croatia


The World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 02.02.2023 in the Visitor Centre in Kopački rit Nature Park.

The LIFE WILDisland project was presented during the event, attended by 33 people.

JUPPKR celebrated together with Public Institution for Nature Protection of Osijek-Baranja County, Elementary School Bilje, Croatian Society for the Protection of Birds and Nature Osijek, Green Legal Clinic PRAVOS, Zoo Osijek and the Public Institution for the Management of Protected Natural Values of the Vukovar-Srijem County.

World Wetlands Day, celebrated annually on 2 February, aims to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Nearly 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s, and we are losing wetlands three times faster than forests. Yet, wetlands are critically important ecosystems that contribute to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, freshwater availability, world economies, and more. It is urgent that we raise national and global awareness about wetlands in order to reverse their rapid loss and encourage actions to conserve and restore them. World Wetlands Day is the ideal time to increase people’s understanding of these critically important ecosystems.

This year's theme is “It's Time for Wetlands Restoration,” which highlights the urgent need to prioritize wetland restoration and matches really well the main goals of the WILDisland project.

For more information, please contact:
Vlatko Rožac, Kopački rit Nature Park,