‘Wetlands and Climate Change’ is the theme of this year’s World Wetlands day, celebrated on Saturday 2 February.
The theme draws attention to the vital role of wetlands as a natural solution to cope with climate change.
Wetlands are the world’s most valuable ecosystems. They play a pivotal role in reaching global policies on climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction.
Wetland reserves efficiently reduce the effects of climate change by absorbing and storing carbon, reducing flood effects, and providing relief from droughts and reduction of storm surges.
Wetlands support native species by providing excellent habitation for living and breeding, which leads to a range of positive environmental effects.
Alongside the monumental environmental benefits that wetlands provide, they also play an important role in tourism and the cultural and spiritual well-being of people.
At Winton Wetlands, our team of staff and volunteers and the Friends of Winton Wetlands are leading one of the world’s most significant renewal projects.
The Winton Wetlands project aims to:
- restore the ecology of the swamps and ancient dunes
- enable traditional owners to connect or reconnect with the site
- attract tourists and help reconnect and immerse people with the natural world
- demonstrate how primary production and ecological restoration can work together
- provide an invaluable education resource and study site.
The higher the level of restoration of Winton Wetlands, the larger contribution the wetlands can return to the environment and the regional population.
Through the restoration and conservation of ecosystems like Winton Wetlands we provide a brighter future to the people of today and those to come after us.
Find out more about World Wetlands Day at WorldWetlandsDay.org