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World Wetlands Day: Wetlands and Climate Change

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands and Climate Change

Dyer Island Conservation Trust

The Theme for World Wetlands Day 2019 was, “Wetlands and Climate Change”.

The destruction of wetlands is a concern because they are some of the most productive habitats on the planet. Wetlands support a complex set of birdlife, animals, insects and reptiles, and serve as nurseries for many of these species. Sadly, 50% of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed through pollution, expansion of agriculture and misuse of the water resource. Without suitable wetland habitat, many species could soon face a serious challenge. The restoration of wetlands can help to buffer against weather extremes.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT OUR WETLANDS?

  • Be mindful of waste disposal. Pick up all litter and dispose in appropriate trash containers. Pollution from the stormwater drains is clogging our wetlands.
  • Stop the draining of wetlands for agricultural purposes. 
  • Save water.
  • Develop and promote sustainable land use.
  • Educate others about the importance of wetlands.

See the blog post here.

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands and Climate Change

Dyer Island Conservation Trust

Dyer Island Conservation Trust in Gansbaai delivers unique conservation and research programmes in the fragile Dyer Island marine ecosystem at the Southern tip of Africa. The trust aims to protect the long-term future of the species that live in the ecosystem by promoting evidence-based conservation...

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