World Wetlands Day Today
World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971. Celebrations on this day take many forms, including talks, photo and art exhibitions, nature walks, festivals, announcement of new Ramsar sites, media stories and wetland working bees.
The Bega Valley is rich in wetlands, with more than 100 floodplain wetlands linked to the Bega and Brogo Rivers, upland swamps, extensive coastal wetlands including swamp forests, salt marsh and mangroves. Some of our best known wetlands include Panboola, Penuca Swamp, Wallagoot Lake, Bondi Lake, Kisses Lagoon and the salt marsh wetlands of Bermagui. Many of our less well known wetlands are on private land along our rivers or upland swamps higher in the catchment.
So much good work is happening in the Bega Valley to look after and restore our wetland assets. Here are some of the projects taking place, as well as the chance to get involved locally....
Photo: CMN workshop at a Bega Cheese wetland prior to successful revegetation of this and other wetlands in its care..