We are not powerless about climate change
World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.
Wetlands and Climate change is this year’s theme; under the message “Stop draining wetlands – we are not powerless about climate change”, Ramsar aims to draw attention to the actions we can take to prevent and fight climate change.
As stated by Martha Rojas-Urrego (Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands) on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, “We can all contribute to reversing the loss of wetlands, so that we continue to benefit from the critical services they provide to nature and people. We have the solutions. We just need the will and action. We are not powerless against climate change.”.
Wetlands, the most effective carbon sinks in our planet, are crucial in addressing climate change. Yet, despite all the critical services they provide, 64% of the world’s wetlands have been lost in the last century. The urban environment is particularly vulnerable to wetland habitat loss due to population growth and urbanisation; preserving wetlands, as well as retrofitting them into the environment, is crucial to maintain the benefits these incredibly valuable ecosystems provide to wildlife and people.
As an example, the use of nature-based solutions (such as Sustainable Drainage Systems – SuDS), provide obvious opportunities for climate change adaptation including flood attenuation, groundwater recharge, wetland habitat creation and local climate regulation through evaporation. In line with this, WWT Consulting has worked on the design and construction of numerous sustainable drainage systems, which mimic natural processes to manage rainfall, surface runoff and remove pollutants – just as nature would.
No, we are definitely not powerless against climate change.
Happy World Wetlands Day!