Celebrating World Wetlands Day 2016

ARRC is celebrating World Wetlands Day 2016, and we would love you to join us!

Wetlands play an incredibly important role in our environment. They provide countless benefits; a freshwater supply, biodiversity, flood control and groundwater recharge. Wetlands are also incredibly valuable in sequestering carbon. Furthermore, more than a billion people make a living from wetlands as livelihoods such as fishing, rice farming and tourism all depend on wetlands. The importance of wetlands to humanity is reflected in this year’s theme for World Wetlands Day: Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livlihoods.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated on the 2nd of February each year. This year, the ARRC is going to join in the celebrations at Jerrabomberra Wetlands’ World Wetlands Open Day on Sunday 7th of February, 10-3pm (see flyer for details). Activities will include wetland discovery walks, live music, children’s activities, food and a ‘cycle cafe’ along the bike path for those riding to the event. We are excited to have a stand at this fun, family-friendly event, and we hope to see some of you there!!

World Wetlands Day is an initiative supported by the Ramsar Secretariat in order to provide outreach materials and help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. Another key initiative of the Ramsar Secretariat is the naming of wetlands of international importance – also known as Ramsar Sites. There are over 2000 Ramsar Sites worldwide, 65 of which are in Australia. Both of these initiatives really emphasise the importance of wetlands – and we are looking forward to supporting them through World Wetlands Day helpful resources.

Article reproduced from Ramsar and Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Feature image from Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

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