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Wetlands for the Future – World celebrates wetland day (Feb. 2nd)

HAPPY WORLD WETLANDS DAY to all our SCS members and friends

???????????????????????????????World Wetlands Day 2015 is being celebrated across the world and here in our region, and it marks the birthday of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted this day back in 1971 in the city of Ramsar in Iran.

The Pacific countries of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea and Samoa are parties to the Ramsar Convention. These countries are taking steps to ensure the conservation and wise use of their wetlands.

Wetlands include our lakes, marshes, swamps, rivers, mangroves, seagrass beds, lagoons and coral reefs – all aquatic influenced habitats that form the ridge to the reef.

Wetlands provide significant ecosystem services that sustain our island economies and community livelihoods. Let’s think about how we can all incorporate wetlands into our work.

For more information about wetlands and the Ramsar Convention please visit:

(article prepared by Seiuli Vainuupo Jungblut – Pacific Wetlands Regional Oceania Officer)