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Wetlands are a critical part of our natural environment. They protect our shores from wave action, reduce the impacts of floods, absorb pollutants and improve water quality. They provide habitat for animals and plants and many contain a wide diversity of life, supporting plants and animals that are found nowhere else.
The Australian Government Department of the Environment is the administrative authority within Australia for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. The Australian Government meets its obligations under the Ramsar Convention by providing national wetland policy leadership and direction, working with state and territory governments on implementation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), and through the development of programs to improve the management of wetlands. The Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, a division of the Department of the Environment, is now responsible for the administration of Ramsar Wetlands.
Australian Wetlands Database
World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February