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Life Interlaced Wetlands and People – World Wetlands Day 2024

Image Source: IUCN

We are excited to celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February 2024. This year’s theme is “Wetlands and Human Wellbeing”, highlighting the vital connections between wetlands and our own health and prosperity.

The relationship between wetlands and human well-being is undeniable. Wetlands, including marshes, swamps, bogs and floodplains are more than just picturesque landscapes. They are essential ecosystems that directly and indirectly affect our lives in numerous ways.

First, wetlands such as the Densu Delta and Sakumono Ramsar sites in Accra act as natural water filters, purifying and improving the quality of water sources. They regulate water flow, reduce the risk of flooding and erosion while replenishing groundwater supplies and ensuring water security for domestic, agricultural and industry purposes.

Furthermore, wetlands are biodiversity hotspots that provide habitats for a rich diversity of plant and animal species, including rare and endangered species. Wetlands also serve as carbon sinks, helping mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Beyond ecological benefits, wetlands offer recreational opportunities and promote physical and mental well-being, as people connect with nature. For instance, the Densu Delta offer recreational opportunities such as boating, birdwatching and nature tours. It is an ideal spot for observing migratory birds and connecting with nature. Wetlands also support economic prosperity through activities such as fishing and collection of other products that do not compromise their integrity.

However, wetlands are threatened by urbanization, agriculture, pollution and climate change. It is imperative to raise awareness of their importance and integrate wetland conservation into land-use planning and policies.

Let’s work together to conserve and restore wetlands for a sustainable future. By conserving and protecting these invaluable ecosystems, we can safeguard biodiversity, water security, mitigate climate change, supporting livelihoods and enhance the overall well-being of communities.

Happy World Wetlands Day, 2024!