The Turks & Caicos Celebrate World Wetlands Day On February 2nd

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Turks & Caicos Government Press Release

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. This year World Wetlands Day is canopied under the theme ‘Wetlands and Climate Change’! The DECR would like to invite you to celebrate the 6th annual Turks & Caicos Islands, World Wetlands Day clean-up initiatives, in your community!

Join the DECR on Saturday, 2 February, from 07:30 – 09:00am at the following locations across TCI:

• Wheeland Pond, Blue Hills, Providenciales
• North Creek (meeting point: west side of the mouth) in Grand Turk
• Sandy Point Road at the Cottage Pond Nature Reserve entrance, North Caicos
• The creek, Salt Cay (meet at the kayaks);
• West side of South Caicos (look for the School for Field Studies)

Wetlands are often an undervalued natural resource; however, they are important buffers against the impacts of climate change for a number of reasons:

1. Wetlands ease flooding and safeguard against drought;
2. Wetlands reduce the impacts of erosion;
3. Wetlands ensure fresh water and replenish ground water;
4. Wetlands purify and filter harmful toxins;
5. Wetlands are a breeding ground for many commercially important fish species;
6. Wetlands provide vital habitats for migratory birds; and
7. Wetlands provide sustainable livelihoods.

Minister Ralph Higgs stated; ”Wetlands are and will continue to play an important role in our Country’s natural wealth; with climate change on the rise, my Ministry remains unrelenting in our efforts to conserve our wetland. We are committed to continue educational and environmental outreach through initiatives such as this, I would like to encourage residents throughout the Islands to participate as much as possible in the upcoming clean-ups.”

The Turks and Caicos Islands boasts the North, Middle and East Caicos Nature Reserve, declared an international Ramsar site. This wetland, of international importance contains a variety of habitat types noteworthy of the region, namely excellent mangrove swamp, and a rich array of fauna and flora. For this reason, it is fit that the Turks and Caicos Islands annually recognise and participate in World Wetlands Day celebrations!

Please take this opportunity to get involved in your local community, to learn about the importance of wetlands and what we can do to protect them in the fight against climate change!

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