World Wetlands Day

Each year on February 2, people from all around the world stop to celebrate the internationally recognised World Wetlands Day.

This date marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands, which took place in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971.

The purpose of World Wetlands Day is to raise global awareness about the vital role that wetlands play for the health of our planet and its people.

The theme for World Wetlands Day in 2018 was “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future” which highlights the importance of wetlands in the rapid urbanisation of the Earth.

In a belated, but still important celebration of World Wetlands Day, the team at NACC hosted a ‘boat and bus tour’ event on the Moore River at Guilderton.

During the event, participants learnt more about the importance of wetlands, and Australia’s wetland-dependent animals and plants, while also joining in on some important water quality monitoring at the Moore River Estuary.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Vanessa McGuiness – one of the organisers behind the tour – said wetlands were very important ecosystems, not only in our region but across the world, and providing habitat for migratory shorebirds and an array of local fauna and flora.

“Healthy wetlands not only improve our water quality by filtering out pollutants, but also contain a wide diversity of unique and threatened wildlife,” she said.

“For these reasons it’s important to conserve these ecosystems, and show people why we need to protect them.”

While World Wetlands Day might be over for another year, you can still do your part to keep our estuaries, wetlands, and waterways clean and pristine.

NACC has two beach clean-up events coming up in the next few weeks – read here to find out about our Love Your Beach day and here to sign up for Clean Up Australia Day.

Make sure you read next week’s NACC Notes for more on this year’s World Wetlands Day event.

Touring the Moore River.
Touring the Moore River.

 

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