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"Wetlands, leisure and tourism – take a breath of fresh air"

An international celebration of the importance for the protection and preservation of wetlands. Today, we consider the important role played by wetlands and the impacts that mankind has on their survival. With their natural beauty and biodiversity wetlands make ideal locations for tourism. The income can be significant and support livelihoods locally and nationally. Wetlands provide other ‘services’ , too, such as water, food, water purification, erosion control ,etc., for the benefit of tourists and tourist accommodation. The income generated by tourism for national and local economies in and around wetlands can be substantial: the Broads in the UK supports the equivalent of 3,000 full-time jobs; over 1.6 million people visit the Great Barrier Reef every year, generating an income of over 1 billion AUS$. But - unsustainable tourism may bring short-term benefits but long-term losses to wetland health, compromising ecosystem services and sometimes local livelihoods.

On February 2, 1971, countries around the world came together and signed the Convention on Wetlands (an Intergovernmental Treaty) - the first ecologically focused convention – Ramsar, Iran. Since then, 160 countries have signed the Treaty, including the U.S., and 1,911 wetland sites have been designated as Wetlands of International Importance.


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