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World Wetlands Day

2 February 2011 is the World Wetlands Day of the Ramsar Convention, this year having its 40th anniversary.  2011 is also the UN International Year of Forests, so the theme of World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Forests' this year.  Six of the 1912 wetlands designated as 'of International Importance' are in New Zealand, covering 55 500 hectares: Firth of Thames, Kopuatai Peat Dome, Manawatu River mouth and estuary and Whangamarino peat bog and swamp in North island; Awarua and Farewell Spit in South Island.  We also have a National Wetland Policy (1986). The Department of Conservation is marking the Ramsar 40th Anniversary with a 'Target 40' calendar of activities related to wetlands.
Source: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-activities-wwds-wwd2011index/main/ramsar/1-63-78%5E24770_4000_0__
http://www.doc.govt.nz/features-archive/world-wetlands-day-2010/