Gauteng and NW Province

Wetlands: A source of life

Interesting facts about wetlands:

– Newest sites listed are protected under Ramsar: Romania has recently increased its number of Ramsar Sites to 8, Estonia has also increased its number of Ramsar sites to 16, while Indonesia has listed its sixth Ramsar site.

– The largest wetlands in the world by area are those of the West Siberian Lowlands (780,000 – 1,000,000 km2) and the Amazon River (800,000 km2).

– The United Nations Environments Programme (UNEP)-World Conservation Monitoring Centre has suggested an estimate of about 5.7 million km2 – roughly 6% of the Earth’s land surface – of which 2% are lakes, 30% bogs, 26^ fens, 20% swamps, and 15% floodplains.

– The world’s largest Ramsar site: Okovango Wetland System, Botswana, 6,864,000 hectares. This is nearly 10% of the total area of the world’s Ramsar sites and almost 50% of the area designated in Africa.

– Under Ramsar, 1,976 sites are designated for the list of wetlands of international importance.

– Some wetlands, especially peatlands, mangroves and saltmarshes, are big stores of carbon. Protecting them from damage or destruction can prevent the release of even more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Did you know ?
– 1 Acre of wetland can store as much as 1.5 million gallons of water.

– Many migratory birds find rest in wetlands.

Please conserve water – it is the right thing to do.

Do not litter!

All litter eventually ends up in waterways and wetlands, clogging systems and affecting plants, wildlife and risking our health.

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