2 FEBRUARY 2021
We are facing a growing freshwater crisis that threatens people and our planet. We use more freshwater than nature can replenish, and we are destroying the ecosystems that water and all life depend on most – Wetlands.
As every year, we are also reminded of the vital importance of wetlands to the migratory shorebirds who cover vast distances to arrive in Moreton Bay and winter on our wetlands and intertidal zones.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2 February each year to raise global awareness of the role of wetlands. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971 (The RAMSAR CONVENTION) www.ramsar.org, in the Iranian city of that name on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
More Info: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
Ramsar wetlands are vital bird breeding and feeding sites in Australia and include the Coorong in South Australia, Eighty Mile Beach in Broome, and Moreton Bay (including Toondah Harbour and Pumicestone Passage) in Queensland.
With wetlands globally under increasing pressure from development, climate change, and other threats, it is more important than ever to recognise the value of these unique ecosystems, big and small.
BIEPA and World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2021,
50th Anniversary of the signing of The RAMSAR Convention
The BIEPA Water Monitoring and Marine Debris Collection Team and others gathered at the 2nd Toorbul Boat Ramp on Ningi Creek. Ningi Creek Catchment is one of the sites where the Team carries out water testing and rubbish collection and we will share our data results with you.
It was a very wet day indeed when a few BIEPA members braved the weather
to meet at Toorbul and mark World Wetlands Day.
After spending some time at the Boat Ramp on Ningi Creek, it was decided to seek shelter at a waterside BBQ area in Toorbul township. There, the leaders of the Water Monitoring and Marine Debris Collection Projects gave an illustrated talk on their recent activities and how the data on water quality and debris collected was collated and transmitted to the relevant authorities.
Another BIEPA Member, who specialises in water issues provided information on the importance of Mangrove forests in nurturing juvenile marine life, gave an analysis of the Ningi Creek Catchment, and led a discussion on the possible effects the surrounding agricultural, industrial, and residential activities could have on the water quality of Ningi Creek.
In further recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, including Moreton Bay, BIEPA has set up a display in the Bribie Library for the month of February.