World Wetlands Day Is Coming Next Month, Will You Be Helping Out?

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On the 2nd of February each year World Wetlands Day is celebrated. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar. The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), together with the Turks & Caicos National Trust (TCNT), will be hosting Wetland Clean-ups to commemorate this day, as well as to take the opportunity to teach the community at large, about the importance of conserving wetlands in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Join the DECR on Saturday, 3 February, from 07:30 – 09:00am at Wheeland Pond, Blue Hills, Providenciales or at North Creek (meeting point: west side of the mouth) in Grand Turk in an attempt to conserve our wetlands for a sustainable urban future!

Wetlands are often an undervalued natural resource and are important to the TCI for the following reasons:

1.Wetlands ensure fresh water and replenish ground water; 

2.Wetlands purify and filter harmful toxins; 

3.Wetlands are a breeding ground for many commercially important fish species; 

4.Wetlands provide vital habitats for migratory birds; 

5.Wetlands ease flooding and safeguard against drought;

6.Wetlands reduce the impacts of erosion; and 

7.Wetlands provide sustainable livelihoods.

Please take this opportunity to get involved in your local community and to ensure wetlands for a sustainable urban future!

For more details, please contact Amy Avenant (DECR Environmental Outreach Coordinator) at 338-4176 or avenant.amy@gmail.com

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