World Wetlands Day

Celebrate World Wetlands Day, today

Project 90 by 2030

Sunday the 2nd February is World Wetlands Day which commemorates the signing of a world-wide convention to protect wetlands. The Ramsar Convention was signed in 1971, in Iran, on the shores of the Caspian Sea. This day aims to raise awareness on the importance of wetlands.

Wetlands are one of the most biological diverse ecosystems but are also one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world.

There are a number of wetlands in and around Cape Town, however urban development has changed many of them. Many small wetlands have been drained or filled in, while others have become permanent lakes because they receive large volumes of water from storm-water drains, e.g. Zeekoevlei and Princessvlei. Wetlands are threatened by nearby developments, pollution, fertilisers, sewerage, stormwater run off and livestock manure. Read more.

Why are wetlands important?
• Wetlands improve the quality of water – they act like a natural…

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