The Importance of Wetlands

Mangroves Wetlands are the most diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life.

Wetlands and the importance of Protecting Them

By Vanessa from Spain.

The wetland is a land area full of water, either permanently or seasonally. The primary factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation of aquatic plants, adapting to a unique soil.

Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment principally water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability.

Wetlands are the most diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life.

Here at Richmond Vale, we count with the only extension of wetland in the whole island, this area is in devastation by the flood in 2013. That happen because the vegetation was burned down and turned around contaminated with a large amount of waste.

Flooding along with the fact of sea level rise, has compromised the area and part of the island. That is why the restoration of the zone started in 2015. In order to prevent the erosion from continuing, Richmond Vale Academy with the Ministry of Tourism has been working.

Many actions as tree planting and cleaning ups.

 

The area is partially salty due to the type of vegetation. The action consisted of planting various trees like, neem, mangroves, coconut trees the "penguin" and plants that have been mounting in this area.

This initiative has shown a huge impact not just on the area which is restoring but also among the community who realized after the flooding how important it is to protect it. So we can say this action have been an educational inspiration for those Vincentians, who take care and thus help to preserve the welfare of it.

Cleanup Day at Petitbordel Beach
Children Visiting Summer Camp RVA.

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