World Wetlands Day 2014

Yesterday was World Wetlands Day. Celebrated on 2 February, World Wetlands Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands, which took place in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

Doctor's Swamp wetland, near Murchison, Victoria

Doctor’s Swamp wetland, near Murchison, Victoria. Photographer: Keith Ward

The convention, also known as the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that commits the signing countries to maintaining the ecological character of Wetlands of International Importance and to planning for the wise or sustainable use of all of the wetlands in their territories.

This year’s theme is Wetlands and Agriculture, focusing on the need for the wetland, agricultural and water sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.

To celebrate, WetlandCare Australia ran a photography contest (something they have done for the last seven years). The categories were “Wetland Fauna”, “Wetland Flora”, “Changing Landscapes” and “Our Wetlands”. This year, we sponsored the “Our Wetlands” category.

The winners were announced at a special awards presentation event in Townsville yesterday.

The winning photographs are on display at the Townsville Cultural Centre. If you can’t make it to Townsville, you can see all the great entries right now on WetlandCare Australia’s website and Facebook page. They’re also running a People’s Choice prize. If you have a Facebook account, head over to the WetlandCare Australia Facebook page by 31 March and like the photo you, well, like the most.

Still hankering for more wetlands-related fun? Why not download and print out a copy of the Ramsar World Wetlands Day board game?

You can also find a trove of information about wetlands and World Wetlands Day on the Ramsar website.

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2 comments to World Wetlands Day 2014

  1. Am I the only one who thinks its ironic that the world agreement to protect wetlands was signed in Iran … I always pictured it as a dry place. Love the wetlands! Todd

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    I love the pictures! Being a digital photographer I am aware it is usually hard to find the right ones although
    they are great. I use some Lightroom presets to help keep some uniformity throughout
    my own.

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