World Wetlands Day 1998 in Australia

27/02/1998

WWD posterWhat is World Wetlands Day? At the 19th meeting of the Standing Committee, in late October 1996, World Wetlands Day was officially designated for 2 February of every year, the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971, as an opportunity for governments, organizations, and citizens to undertake big and small actions intended to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.

This page is part of a series of reports on activities held on and about WWD '98 in various countries of the world, as reported to the Bureau.  If you should know of any other activities not mentioned on these pages, send us a note (ramsar@hq.iucn.org) and we'll add it to this list.

See also our earlier list of activities reported as planned for WWD '98, a repository of inspiring ideas in itself.


Australia

Brigitta Wimmer of Wetlands International - Oceania, based in the offices of the Wetlands, Waterways and Waterbirds Unit, Environment Australia - Biodiversity Group, gave us a general update report . . . . .

Looking at your Web site where you mention individual countries, we can now confirm that all the planned activities went ahead, and a couple have come to light after the event, see below!

Conservation Council of Western Australia - launched a document which reviews the performance of government on wetland protection in Western Australia since the 1980s. This paper was prepared as a contribution to the publication "Wetlands in a Dry Land. Understanding for Management" which is being prepared for Environment Australia and the Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation.

Queensland Conservation Council - Press release calling on Queensland Government to halt the planning of the Dawson Dam which would flood up to half of the Boggomosses. These mound spring wetlands are fed by leakages from the Great Artesian Basin and formed by the accumulation of peat over many years. The importance of these perennially moist habitats in a region where rainfall limits plants growth is recognised by the interim listing of two Boggomoss areas on the Register of the National Estate.

Other articles in newspapers/ magazines and radio interviews.

Regards, Brigitta.   Oh, we all loved your [WWD in the Bureau] pictures!

Brigitta M Wimmer, Wetlands International - Oceania, GPO Box 636, Canberra ACT 2601 (Tel: +61-2-6250 0256, Fax: +61-2-6250 0799, Email: brigitta.wimmer@ea.gov.au).


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