World Wetlands Day is celebrated this 2nd of February. The RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands suggested the theme for World Wetlands Day 2008: Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People.
With this theme the aim is to emphasize the strong relationship between healthy functioning wetland ecosystems and human health, and underline the importance of management strategies that support both the health of wetland ecosystems and the health of humans.
The testimony of Maria Cagua, shell-fish catcher woman from the region of Muisne, province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, that opens this release, is very eloquent. She addresses the tight relation between the life of the mangrove ecosystem and that of the traditional and indigenous communities.