Join the Carolina Wetlands Association and other wetland lovers across the globe in celebrating World Wetlands Day. This year’s theme is Wetlands: Action for People and Nature. At our recent meeting, we asked our Board of Directors to describe how wetlands benefit us living in North and South Carolina. The following image is the result of their responses.
As you can see, there are many benefits that wetlands provide people and nature. Did you know that North Carolina and South Carolina are ranked in the top 5 states in the USA with the greatest amount of wetlands. These wetlands are important to our way of life throughout the Carolinas.
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Wetlands can help reduce impacts from flooding
Wetlands help prevent floods by giving floodwater a place to go and releasing it slowly.
Worldwide, they also moderate global climatic conditions by storing large amounts of carbon and water.
Wetlands help water return to underground aquifers and reservoirs, which are often tapped for human use.
Resources on Wetlands and Flooding
- Climate Cost Project in Horry County, SC examines household financial impacts of flooding and repeat flooding.
- NC Policy Collaboratory’s report on Improving North Carolina’s Resilience to Coastal Riverine Flooding.
- North Carolina Coastal Federation released the Action Plan for Nature-Based Stormwater Strategies
What is World Wetlands Day?
World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on 2 February to raise awareness about wetlands. This day also marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted as an international treaty in 1971.
Why World Wetlands Day?
Nearly 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s, and we are losing wetlands three times faster than forests. Yet, wetlands are critically important ecosystems that contribute to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, freshwater availability, world economies and more.
It is urgent that we raise national and global awareness about wetlands in order to reverse their rapid loss and encourage actions to conserve and restore them.
World Wetlands Day is the ideal time to increase people’s understanding of these critically important ecosystems.
Theme World Wetlands Day 2022
Wetlands Action for People and Nature is the theme in 2022 highlighting the importance of actions to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands for humans and planetary health.