Highlights/wetlands

Environment

World is losing wetlands, critical benefits, say conservationists

The world has lost 64 per cent of its wetlands and the benefits they provide, says Dan Kraus, a senior biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a national land conservation non-profit. A Government of Canada website on wetlands says:» 

Environment

Wilderness corridor created close to Montreal

Two conservation groups have acquired property in the province of Quebec that will enjoin a network of existing protected areas and increase connectivity for wildlife species there. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Conservation Manitou have acquired the Barbara» 

Environment

Wetland acquisition will help protect threatened species

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has expanded an important conservation area in the heart of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Canada. The conservation group has purchased 25 hectares of wetland to add to its 330 hectares already protected on» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Putting a dollar value on wetlands

Scientists and environmentalists have long known that wetlands (marshes, bogs) mitigate climate extremes. They absorb water  when there’s excess rain, and retain and release water when there’s drought.  Wetlands are something like a weather “shock absorber”. Knowing that however hasn’t» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics

Recommendation of boreal forest for World Heritage status

An area larger than Belgium. Two distinctly different areas in Canada have joined 15 other sites around the world as recommended for World Heritage status for 2016. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Commission on» 

Environment, Society

Art contest raises money for wetland conservation

Ducks Unlimited Canada has chosen Trevor Tennant as the artist of the year for his painting of moose called “Shoreline Retreat.” Tennant is from Bobcaygeon, Ontario. He has designed commemorative coins for the conservation group as well as several coins» 

Economy, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Understanding the importance of wetlands

Where once wetlands were felt to be “wasted” land, or a nuisance, we are now beginning to realize the extremely beneficial role they play in the environment Philippe Van Capellen is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental»