World Wetlands Day Is Coming Next Month, Will You Be Helping Out?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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