Let’s celebrate World Wetlands Day!
Today the world celebrates World Wetlands Day! Hurray!
– But wait, what is it?
2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.Each year since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat has provided materials to help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. (source www.worldwetlandsday.org) But what are they exactly? Puddles of water? Ocean? Mud?
What is a wetland?
A wet land is: *drumroll* a wet land. It’s not rocket science. The Wetlands don’t have to be under water all the time, just long enough for the plants and animals to get used to it and adapt. These are all wetlands: lakes, lagoons, estuaries, rivers, floodplains, swamps, bogs, billabongs, marshes, coral reefs, seagrass beds.
But why are they so important?
Well first of all wetlands help reduce the impacts from storm damage and flooding. They also maintain good water quality in rivers, recharge groundwater, store carbon, help stabilise climatic conditions and control pests. But that’s not all! Wetlands also are important for primary products such as pastures, timber and fish and support recreational and tourist activities. All in all we can’t do whithout the wetlands. We love the wetlands! Happy Wetlandsday!
Quiztime! Who is hiding in these wetlands in Mexico?