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HAPPY 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.

Wetlands are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. Not only are they critical habitat for baby commercially important fish and crustaceans, they support incredibly important vegetation for carbon sequestration. Seagrass, saltmarsh and mangroves have become know as Blue Carbon because of their super powers in sequestering carbon, more so than standard vegetation.

Sadly many people see these areas as stinky, unattractive wastelands which have become rapidly bulldozed, infilled and swallowed up as part of coastal development. We need these areas to buffer against severe weather as well as increase fish productivity.

As part of World Wetlands Day we encourage you to get outside and if you have one check out your nearest wetland, take a photo and enter the Wetlands Youth Photo Contest.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

1. Take a photo of any wetland that helps us cope with extreme weather events.

2. Upload to www.worldwetlandsday.org for a chance to win a FREE flight courtesy of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections to visit a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site).

3. Open to anyone aged 18 - 25.

Go to www.worldwetlandsday.org for more information on wetlands and events near you.


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