It’s World Wetlands Day!
We celebrate World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the essential role of wetlands for humanity and our planet. World Wetlands Day has been celebrated since February 2, 1971. Since the 1700s, almost 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded. British Columbia is no exception to losing wetlands. Over the course of the last few centuries 60% to 98% of the original wetlands in southern British Columbia have been drained and filled, with certain regions in the province experiencing even heavier losses.
This Year’s Theme
2022’s theme is “Wetlands Action for People and Nature”. The actions we take today are important to ensure that wetlands are used sustainably and protected for the future. This year asks us all to look to these beautiful and valuable areas and take action to conserve and support our world’s wetlands.
Ways to Take Action
The BC Government is asking for feedback to help develop options for the Watershed Security Strategy and Fund.
“Protecting our watersheds is one of the most important things we can do as a province to create a healthier and more resilient future for all living things. The Watershed Security Strategy and Fund will build on efforts inside and outside of government to ensure our water and watersheds are respected and valued for all they provide. Government’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples will be foundational to this work.”
Share your thoughts by completing the online feedback form before March 18, 2022 at 4 PM.
Help support the Wetlands Education Program’s mission to restore, enhance, and conserve wetlands across our beautiful province. The WEP team offers courses in communities all across BC to provide the knowledge and tools for participants to be wetland stewards in their own backyard, and conduct wetland maintenance and restoration projects.
Under “Designation”, please select “Wetlands Education & Restoration” to ensure your donation will go towards the Wetlands Programming.
Interested in learning more about wetlands and how to protect them? Join our mailing list and get information on upcoming wetland workshops, opportunities to participate in conservation movements, and more!