February 2nd each year is World Wetlands Day to mark the date of the signing of the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. World Wetlands Day was celebrated for the first time in 1997. World Wetlands Day 2006 is guided by the theme 'Wetlands as a tool in poverty alleviation'.
Botswana is marking the day in Maun on February 4th, with a public event on the banks of the Thamalakane River, a boundary of the world's largest RAMSAR wetland, the Okavango Delta. HOORC researcher and outreach representative, Olekae Thakadu, will be there, and meanwhile, in the HOORC Library's Peter Smith Collection, you can find the RAMSAR Handbooks for the Wise Use of Wetlands.