Celebrating the protection of Wetlands around the world

To celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February, we’re encouraging everyone to visit and enjoy the wetlands near them.

This year is an extra special year for our Wetlands because it marks 50 years since the Ramsar Convention was adopted to protect wetlands around the world. 

Victoria has 12 Ramsar-listed wetlands that have been valued and used by Traditional Owners and Aboriginal people over many tens of thousands of years.

Our state has more than 37,000 Wetlands that support almost 500 of Victoria’s threatened native species.

The Victorian Government works closely with Catchment Management Authorities and Melbourne Water to help protect and manage our Wetlands.

Strategies and management actions delivered by our partners support improvements to the health of Victoria’s Wetlands, which act as sediment traps and filter nutrients from catchments, helping to protect water quality in rivers, estuaries and marine areas.

Visit Wetlands near you on World Wetlands Day 

There will also be a webinar this year on World Wetlands Day to discuss the role of Ramsar in conserving wetlands. Run by the Sydney Wetland Institute, you can register via Role of Ramsar in conserving wetlands

Find more details about our Ramsar wetlands and don’t forget to use the hashtag #WorldWetlandsDay on social media if you share your Wetlands experience. 

Reviewed 01 February 2021

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