Celebrate World Wetlands Day at the Kookaburra Kiosk today
Thursday February 2nd 2017 is World Wetlands Day.
Come along to the Kookaburra Kiosk Cafe in the Window on the Wetlands Centre (Oxley Highway Warren NSW), and help us to celebrate with a cold drink and refreshments. No need to R.S.VP.
We will be unveiling the new Destination Macquarie Marshes Action Plan – the preparation of which was generously funded by the Murray Darling Basin Energise Enterprise Fund. It provides a ‘blueprint’ for the relevant State government agencies, local governments, RiverSmart and other stakeholders moving forward together to build increased visitor opportunities, promotions etc for the Marshes.
‘Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction’ is the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2017
This theme is selected to raise awareness and to highlight the vital roles of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities, and in helping to build resilience.
World Wetlands Day
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.
World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997. Since then government agencies, non-government organisations and community groups have celebrated World Wetlands Day by undertaking actions to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits and promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands. These activities include seminars, nature walks, festivals, announcement of new Ramsar sites, newspaper articles, radio interviews and wetland rehabilitation.
World Wetlands Day 2017
The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2017 is Wetlands for disaster risk reduction. This theme will be reflected in the February 2017 edition of Wetlands Australia.
Wetlands play an important role in helping to provide communities with resilience to natural hazards such as flooding caused by storms, cyclones, storm surges and tsunamis. Under projected climate change scenarios, extreme climatic events, including floods, droughts and storms are expected to increase in frequency and intensity.
Unfortunately, wetlands are often viewed as wasteland, and more than 64% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1900. World Wetlands Day is an annual opportunity to raise public awareness and promote the value of wetlands.