Tomorrow is World Wetlands Day! Each year this day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971. The Convention was signed by Ramsar, Iran on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
The convention seeks to stem the loss of wetland loss of wetland habitats now and in the future, whilst recognising the fundamental ecological importance of wetlands as well as their economic, cultural, scientific and recreational value.
Since 1977 the Ramsar Secretariat has offered a new selection of posters, stickers and information packs on the value of wetlands.
The theme for 2013 is ‘Wetlands take care of water’, focusing on the interdependence between water and wetlands, and promoting the crucial role that wetlands play in Eco-Environments. The leaflet explains in more detail the importance of Wetland in taking care of water.
The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance includes approximately 2,065 sites (or Ramsar Sites) covering a staggering 197,347,539 hectares/. The United Kingdom has more sites than any other country in the world – 168 individual locations, and 7 specifically in Wales.
The nearest Ramsar Site to the Llynfi Valley is the Crmlyn Bog near to Swansea. Although there are not designated Ramsar Sites within the Llynfi Valley, the Maesteg Rivercare Group is looking to establish a small wetland habitat as part of their river care of the Llynfi River. The group works to promote the importance and benefit of a clean river environment, whilst striving to encourage residents to change their attitudes and behaviour to the River. As part of this, the Group run projects to plants shrubs, flowers and wild plants along accessible stretches of banks, enhancing the River environment for the public and development of species.
We wish you all a very happy World Wetlands Day! For more information about World Wetlands Day visit: http://www.ramsar.org/WWD