Today (February 2) is World Wetlands Day. For Jamaica (and everywhere) this should be an important date on the calendar. It marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. The “official” celebration will be at the Mason River Protected Area in northern Clarendon on Friday, February 7. It is the island’s only inland wetland (a peat bog), designated as Jamaica’s fourth Ramsar Site of International Importance in 2011. The other three are the Portland Bight Protected Area, the Palisadoes/Port Royal Protected Area, and the Black River Lower Morass in St. Elizabeth.