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Lack of awareness about the value of wetlands is also a threat. In the tropics for example, wetlands are often viewed as ...
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Teaching About the Value of Wetlands
Correspondent: Welcome back to our program about the world’s wetlands. If the natural filtration system is to work the most fundamental step is to ensure wetlands have an adequate water supply. Within any national water conservation strategy it’s up to the local authorities to make demand for water is managed.
Kadir Asmal: (World Commission on Dams)- What we’ve done here is develop the motion of demand manage now this is a big protection for wetlands because what happens is like in this – the rain falls wrong season in the winter and the rainwater is leaving most in summer and so there’s a need for a dam here and there’s no doubt about it then it will have to be built but the notion demand management means that the city council of – local authorities proved to be that they’re taking enough measures to save that to ensure that unaccounted and that this averts the need for a dam for 5 to 6 or 10 years which means they can take original measures for the wetlands.
Correspondent: Lack of awareness about the value of wetlands is another threat. On an increasingly urbanized planet two few people realize that the water from their taps depends on natures distill rate and within the tropics particularly wetlands are too often viewed as wastelands, swamps and breeding rounds for disease spreading insects.
Male: But still there are many people in all sort of levels of society from the common people up to the leader such as already had the skill when you say wetlands say what, what are those what are they good for why you a watered— we’re concerned about wetlands so with why you should care about that and I think that is a challenge to change that perception.
Correspondent: And changing perceptions can only come through public education that’s what’s happening here in Florida where visitors and residents alike are the target of the drive to increase awareness about the threats to the everglade swamp and its’ the most threatened resident than manatee. In basins school children from fishing families are shown how older fishing and deforestation has caused the calamities decline in the fish catch.
Male: An educational campaign is of two parts one is that we’re discovering of course how important wetlands are for hatcheries for all sorts of creatures that people like and recognize but don’t recognize that they are indeed a central part of the lifecycle of all the species. That has to be a lesson the other part has to be clarified also is the enormous part that they play into the recharge in the hydrology system that enables the entire water system to function. Surely we can say to people and recognize the importance of the wetlands and start thinking in terms of conserving them and adjust for their intensive beauty but also for they contribute in a functional sense to water system and to the life cycles of so many creatures.
Marcelo Croza: (WWF)-Our project is helping the community in the research studies of the flood plain as well as resource management programs we’ve balanced the commercial and domestic means of the fishermen.
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