Raising Awareness of the Wetlands of the World
Our Mission – Saving the Wetlands
There are thousands of wetlands around the world, and over 2,200 of them have been classified as internationally important by the Ramsar Convention – an intergovernmental treaty that aims to conserve the wetlands of the world. Whether on the Ramsar list or not, all wetlands are unique ecosystems of environmental significant. Due to their hydric soil and the natural conditions they provide, wetlands are home to a variety of animal and plant species, some of which are endangered. Unfortunately, most, if not all of these delicate habitats are under threat. The good news is that there are many people and organizations out there who care about the wetlands and are fighting to save them.
What We Do
There are almost as many restoration projects as there are wetlands, and every project uses different tools to combat different environmental threats and deal with specific local challenges. While experienced environmental activists are focusing on saving the wetlands closest to their hearts, we aim to connect between them. Saving the world’s wetlands requires knowledge sharing and collaboration. We wish to build an international network of ‘wetland savers’, to document their amazing work and publish their fascinating discoveries. ‘Saving Wetlands’ strives to raise awareness, boost the global support these projects are receiving and increase their effectiveness. They need every ounce of support they can get.
What You Can Do
You don’t have to be a marine biologist to understand the environmental significance of wetlands. You don’t need to hike into the rain forests of the Amazon or invest your whole life savings in conserving the Naples wetlands in Florida, Beeliar Wetlands in Australia or Limpopo Wetlands in South Africa. All you need to do is get informed and get involved. Find a restoration project that means something to you and show your support in whatever way you see fit. Here are some ideas:
Get Your Hands Dirty
You could volunteer. Help save the wetlands in your country, or combine your environmental activism with a trip abroad. Find opportunities on websites like volunteermatch.org, or have a look at some of these worthy projects:
Support a Wetland
Environmental conservation initiatives cannot exist without financial partners. Sustainable results require research, long term commitment, legislation, planning, careful implementation and close monitoring. Support can come in the form of a private donation, as it did in Naples; government funding, in the case of South African Wetlands; or even crowd funding campaigns, like the one created for the Beeliar Wetlands.
Make a Stand!
If you are near wetlands that are being developed, if you have witnessed them being exploited or devastated, if you find yourself overwhelmed or angered by this environmentally irresponsible behavior, stand up for the wetland! Join a protest, sign a petition, become a member of a wetland conservation community. Your voice matters, here’s some proof:
- Bayswater Residents Protest Wetland Development in Perth
- The Activists Fighting to Preserve
the Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil
- A Petition to Save Hong Kong Wetlands
Spread the Word
Help us raise awareness of the ecological importance of wetlands, and the need to protect and rehabilitate them. Participate in our effort to share inspiring preservation stories, and engage the public in supporting the work that still has to be done. It’s simple: tell your friends, write a post, put up a sign, share this link: http://www.savingwetlands.com/. Together we can and will save the wetlands!