By Edoue Valentine in Buea
As the world accelerates the fight against global warming, more efforts are geared towards conserving wetlands.
Environmental advocates across the globe have continued to echo high needs for the protection, conservation and preservation of wetlands to increase the wellbeing of mankind.
World Wetlands Day, celebrated annually on February 2 is aimed to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and planet.
This year’s celebration is on the theme “Wetlands Action for People and Nature“.
Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil, or is present either at or near the surface of the soil all year or for varying periods of time during the year, including different growing seasons.
Wetlands may support both aquatic and terrestrial species.
Talking about Cameroon’s richness in wetlands, the country boasts of at least 6 wetlands of international importance.
They include the flood plain of Waza Logone, the wetlands of the Bakassi Peninsula, part of the Ntem and Sanaga Rivers, the crater lake of Barombi-Mbo and Lake Chad.
Wetlands are highly productive with biologically diverse systems that enhance water quality, control erosion, maintain stream flows, sequester carbon, and provide a home to at least one third of all threatened and endangered species.
The numerous benefits offered by wetlands to humanity are of great importance; reasons for celebration.
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