The 2nd February marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Iran 1971. All over the country seminars, nature walks, festivals and tours are run to raise public awareness of wetland values, benefits and promote the conservation and wise use of these unique areas. This year, the international theme is ‘Wetlands and climate change’.
Wetlands face enormous pressures from urban development and climate change. Fifty percent of coastal wetlands have been lost from the east coast of Australia and few intact, functional and diverse wetlands remain. Despite this loss we continue to under-value and under-manage them. It’s time to acknowledge, learn and appreciate our overlooked coastal areas.
For more information on wetlands visit www.ourwaterway.com.au