In celebration of World Wetlands Day, Overstrand Municipality’s Environmental Department and partners will be hosting various wetland education programmes to raise awareness of wetland values and benefits.
World Wetlands Day is held every year on 2 February and marks the signing of the International Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar Convention) on 2 February 1971.
Wetlands are areas where surface water surrounded by land plays a central part in controlling the local habitat of the plant and animal life living there. Wetlands occur mostly around catchment areas – and include estuaries, lagoons, marshes, rivers and ponds.
No matter the shape or size, wetlands provide numerous important services for people, fish and wildlife such as protecting and improving water quality, providing habitats for fish and wildlife, storing floodwaters, maintaining surface water flow during dry periods, and reducing soil erosion.