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.
The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2019 is 'Wetlands and climate change’. Wetlands can be vulnerable to climate change, being impacted by changes in temperature, rainfall, sea level rise and extreme events. Wetlands can also play an important role in our approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation, through capturing and storing carbon to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases, and providing resilience to hazards such as flooding, storm surge and sea level rise.
Banyule Swamp is one part of our own chain of wetland areas along this length of the Yarra River - they are precious environmental assets for all of us.
For more information and stories about wetlands from around the world see https://www.worldwetlandsday.org/en/