World Wetlands Day 2019
November 12, 2019
November 12, 2019
This Saturday is World Wetlands Day, which is celebrated every year on 2 February to mark the adoption of the Ramsar Convention in 1971
By Ruth Wakefield
This year’s theme is “Wetlands and climate change” which aims to provide a spotlight on how wetlands contribute to reducing the effect of climate change, as well as providing multiple other benefits such as providing an amenity, supporting a diverse range of biodiversity, providing a source of drinking water and enabling agricultural operations.
The Ramsar Convention defines wetlands as land areas flooded or saturated with water, either seasonally or permanently. It may surprise you that this not only includes inland features, such as aquifers, lakes, rivers, marshes, peatlands, floodplains and swamps, but also coastal features, such as coastlines, mangroves, saltmarshes, estuaries, lagoons, seagrass meadows and coral reefs.
There are several ways that Stantec aims to improve wetland environments:
We have been involved in several projects incorporating new, and enhancing existing, wetlands including river and lake restoration, and natural floodplain management projects across the UK, such as Green Park Station, Christchurch Meadows footbridge, Dunsbury Park, Brockwell Park lakes and Kinness Burn. If you would like to find out more about any of this work, please contact Robert Riddington.
A number of organised events are being held across the country to celebrate World Wetlands Day, at sites including Norfolk marshland, Arundel wetland centre, West Yorkshire, Barnes Common and Caerlaverock Castle. To view the full list of events across the UK visit the World Wetlands Day website.
We would also encourage you to visit and support your local wetland centres throughout the year:
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Limited (WWT)
The Wildlife Trusts - Wetlands
Originally published by PBA, now Stantec.