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World Wetlands Day
February 2, 2015 @ 08:00 - 17:00
2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. World Wetlands Day was celebrated for the first time in 1997.
By 2012, about 115 000 wetlands, covering over four million ha and comprising close to 4% of the country’s surface area, had been mapped in South Africa.
The Department of Environmental Affairs is responsible for the South African Wetlands Conservation Programme, which ensures that South Africa’s obligations in terms of the Ramsar Convention are met.
South Africa’s Ramsar sites include:
- Blesbokspruit Nylsvley Nature Reserve
- De Hoop Vlei
- De Mond (Heuningnes Estuary)
- Kosi Bay
- Makuleke Wetlands
- Ndumo Game Reserve
- Ntsikeni Nature Reserve
- Nylsvley Nature Reserve
- Orange River Mouth Wetland
- Prince Edward Islands in Antarctica
- St Lucia
- The turtle beaches and coral reefs of Tongaland
- Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
- Verlorenvlei Nature Reserve
- Wilderness Lakes.
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The Department urges all South Africans to get involved in wetland conservation and restoration. Protect this water resource by reducing environmental impact and using water wisely.
Source: South African Government