World Wetlands Day falls on 2nd February, and celebrates the signing of the international Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar on 2nd February 1971.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) celebrated World Wetlands Day 2017 by launching the REVIVE OUR WETLANDS program. REVIVE OUR WETLANDS is a national initiative that will expand CVA’s role engaging communities to conserve wetlands and their catchments for nature and people.
REVIVE OUR WETLANDS will focus on three key targets for wetland conservation and restoration:
Healthy Wetlands: achieve restoration of significant wetlands and associated plant communities for water quality, flood resilience and nature conservation
Shorebird Conservation: engage volunteers to protect and restore critical sites on the East Asian – Australasian Flyway for migratory shorebirds
Rural Floodplains: restoration and re-instatement of riparian buffers and floodplain vegetation for farm productivity, water quality, flood resilience and habitat\
REVIVE OUR WETLANDS activities include wetland assessment and planning, on-ground conservation activities delivered by volunteers, citizen science, community engagement and training. Conservation Volunteers Australia is Australia’s leading organisation for practical conservation, completing more than 2000 conservation projects across Australia every year.
Wetlands play a vital role in the water cycle, providing water for drinking, farming, industrial use and recreation. They store floodwater and filter pollutants from storm-water. Wetlands store carbon, helping mitigate climate change, and are biodiversity “hotspots”, providing highly productive habitats for plants and wildlife. Over 50% of Australia’s wetlands have been lost since European settlement. Conservation Volunteers is committed to addressing wetland loss and restoring wetland values through the REVIVE OUR WETLANDS initiative.
Feature photo: Mike Fuller Morning Beauty