Why are wetlands important?

Nature’s sieves: Wetlands like lakes and ponds retain pollutants and keep them from running into rivers and streams, acting as a natural sieve!

Carbon sponges: Wetlands absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and hold them in solid and liquid form – this helps maintain a balance in the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

Built-in sinks: Wetlands are nature’s sinks – collecting rain and recharging groundwater, making sure we have enough water in our taps.

Nature’s flood squad: Wetlands absorb excess rain-water to prevent flooding. They also reduce the speed at which flood water flows - trapping nutrients suspended in the water and making the floodplains highly fertile.

More than watering holes: Wetlands support innumerable species of plants and animals, and are important breeding spots for wildlife. Aquatic plants, fish, amphibians, phytoplankton, mollusks and birds are all species dependant on wetlands!

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