Protecting and restoring wetlands is vital to conserving biodiversity and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Over 20 percent of the province’s species at risk are directly dependent on wetland habitats. At the same time, wetlands play an important role in storing carbon and controlling water, critical during storms and periods of drought.
Yet less than 30 percent of our original wetlands remain in southern Ontario. In the Niagara and Greater Toronto Area, that number drops to 10 percent.
Help protect wetlands
The Government of Ontario has initiated public consultation on a new Ontario Wetland Conservation Strategy. This is a great opportunity to participate in an important policy development.
Together, we can encourage the government to develop and implement a robust strategy that will protect and recover wetlands and their many benefits for years to come. If you would like to know more about Ontario Nature’s position, contact Joshua Wise, Greenway Program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ontario Nature began documenting the decline of wetlands in 1937. We launched our Wetlands Campaign in 1979 to advocate for greater protection, which successfully led to the Ontario Wetlands Policy in 1992. We continue to advocate for stronger wetland policy, educating the public about the many functions wetlands serve, publishing reports and running workshops to bring together researchers, private landowners, planners, industry leaders and other stakeholders.