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Main Ponds area in the Piccaninnie Ponds Wetlands.
Main Ponds area in the Piccaninnie Ponds Karst Wetlands, South Australia
Cobourg Peninsula.
Coastal view of Black Point North on the Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory.
Nourlangie Rock and Anbangbang billabong, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
The Ord River.
The Ord River, near Kununurra, Western Australia
Jocks Lagoon.
Jocks Lagoon, Tasmania
Moulting Lagoon, Tasmania.
Moulting Lagoon, between the townships of Swansea and Bicheno, Tasmania

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.

Australia currently has 65 Ramsar wetlands and more than 900 nationally important wetlands.

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.

World Wetlands Day

Pick Pond in the Piccaninnie Ponds Wetlands

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February

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The 862 hectare Piccaninnie Ponds Karst Wetlands are an outstanding example of globally rare fen and karst wetland types.