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February 2 is World Wetlands Day

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.

Wetlands: Actions for Natura and People

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.  

Please share awareness of this important day by liking and/or sharing our social media posts, sharing our emails with friends and colleagues, or supporting us through your time or resources.


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.

 

water supply

Wetlands help water return to underground aquifers and reservoirs, which are often tapped for human use.

Resources on Wetlands and Flooding

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.

Go to www.worldwetlandsday.org for more information. 

January Message: 2021 Goals

January is a time to set resolutions and goals for the new year.  For the Carolina Wetlands Association, we are ready to move beyond what we can not do last year and focus this new year on what we can do. 

  • Support local communities.  We are provided local communities and private property owners with assistance on how to protect and restore their wetland resources.  We are submitting three applications for grants this month .
  • Create wetland monitoring program. We are also planning to kick-off our volunteer wetland monitoring program this spring at three of our Wetland Treasures of the Caroline sites.  If this pilot program is a success, we will expand it to other sites in future years.
  • Educate decision makers. We are providing education resources and supporting efforts to inform state and local officials on the impact from the Waters of the US rewrite last year on the loss of protection to wetland resources in the Carolinas.    

Lastly, February 2 is World Wetlands Day. World Wetlands Day was created to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971. We are fortunate to have two wetlands of international importance in South Carolina, Congaree National Park and Francis Beidler Forest. Our goal for 2021 is to have Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge add to the list.

Our goals are not possible without the dedication of our volunteers and supporters like you.  Thank you for turning our goals into actions.

Click here to read the entre January Newsletter!