As the world continues to grapple with the effects of climate change, Vincentians are being encouraged to recognize the importance of wetlands in maintaining the natural environment.
Superintendent of Marine and Terrestrial Parks at the National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority, Andrew Lockhart, spoke of the importance these valuable ecosystems during NBC’s Face to Face programme this week.
Wetlands, which include swamps and marshes, vary widely because of differences in soils, topography, climate, hydrology, water chemistry, vegetation, and other factors.
Mr. Lockhart said wetlands and their resources hold significant benefits for people and biodiversity.
Mr. Lockhart said wetlands also protect the shorelines from storm and sea surges during times of natural disasters.
Superintendent of Marine and Terrestrial Parks at the National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority, Andrew Lockhart.