World Wetlands Day was held yesterday with the launch of a new stamp in the Game Bird Habitat Collection Series.
The day is celebrated internationally on February 2 every year to mark the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands, which recognises the value of wetland sites across the world.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith said the new 2014 stamp, featuring a pukeko and background of Para Wetland in Marlborough, was launched to mark World Wetlands Day.
"The Game Bird Habitat Stamp programme is aimed at raising funds to protect and enhance the habitat of our game birds. It's a simple and inexpensive way to enable New Zealander's to give direct support to a great cause."
The international theme was Wetlands & Agriculture: Partners for Growth.
Fish and Game NZ marked the day with a reminder to the rural sector it is keen to partner with more farmers to help in the preservation and creation of wetlands.
Southland Fish and Game operations manager Zane Moss said it did not hold an event to mark the day because there was already good recognition of the value of wetlands in Southland.
The organisation worked with farmers on the development and protection of wetlands, he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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