Source: Australia Government Ministerial Statements
Minister for the Environment
Celebrating Australia’s wetlands
2 February 2019
Australia has some of the most breathtaking wetlands in the world – extraordinary sites that make a significant contribution to our tourism and recreation industries.
World Wetlands Day is a time to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of wetlands to current and future generations, and to take action for the conservation and restoration of these important environmental assets.
Each of our wetlands support Australia’s rich biodiversity: providing habitat for native species, and nurseries for fish and other marine life. They improve our water quality, protect our shores from destructive waves, and reduce the impact of floods.
This year’s theme recognises that wetlands play an important role in our approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation. They help capture and store carbon to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases, and build resilience to hazards such as flooding and storm surges.
The Morrison Government is investing $49.7 million in projects that will work towards restoring and managing identified threats to our 24 globally-recognised Ramsar wetlands. These projects will be delivered through the $450 million Regional Land Partnerships component of the second phase of the Government’s National Landcare Program.
I encourage all Australians to take part in World Wetlands Day and reflect on the need to conserve our natural environment.
For more information, visit www.environment.gov.au/water/wetlands/world-wetlands-day