Message sinking in

WORLD Wetlands Day was marked on the Tweed on Saturday by a band of enthusiastic walkers who gathered at Pottsville for a council-guided walked through the Tweed Bicentennial Environmental Park.

Tweed Shire Council’s bushland officer Tanya Fountain organised the “Walk in the Wetlands” to celebrate World Wetlands Day, which officially falls tomorrow.

Tweed Landcare spokeswoman Claire Masters said the day was intended to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits and to promote the conservation of wetlands.

This year she said the focus was on “the likely impact of climate change on wetland ecosystems, and importantly, about the role of wetlands in climate change mitigation and adaptation.”

Ms Masters said wetlands were ecologically, socially and economically important.

“They provide many ecosystem functions, services and habitats for a wide range of animals, including many threatened species and ecosystems.

“Wetlands are areas of great natural beauty and many are important to Aboriginal people.”

She said they also provided important benefits for industry.

“For example, they form nurseries for fish and other freshwater and marine life and are critical to Australia’s commercial and recreational fishing industries,” she said.



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