In addition, wetlands
prevent flooding and provide important habitat for fish and wildlife species including endangered salmon species, migratory and resident birds, and small mammals.
Following its restoration, the wetlands
have become one of the most inhabited wetlands
on these migratory routes with over one million birds spending the winter, passing through, or making the wetlands
home because of its unique location, friendly eco environs and abundant food supplies.
constitute lakes, marshes, peatlands, wet grasslands, streams and rivers.
Underscoring significance of the wetlands
, the federal minister said, "The wetlands
not only purify and replenish our water and provide the fish that feed hundreds of millions of people".
Systemic, long-running problems plague the state wetlands
According to Wetlands
International, a global non-profit dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands
around the world, wetlands
are on the "front-line" as development pressures increase everywhere.
Calculating the economic value or importance provided by a single wetland
is difficult It is, however, possible to evaluate the range of services provided by all wetlands
that have direct impacts on the local economy.
In addition, beavers build wetlands
by damming streams, creating small riverine marshes that attract wildlife, especially waterfowl (van der Valk 2006; Mitch & Gosselink 2007).
water resources management in order to optimise wetland
in the water cycle, pollution, allocation of water and irrigation, hydroelectric energy);
Poorly integrated planning and inadequate sectoral cooperation is also a major challenge to the conservation of wetlands
cover a considerable part of the globe's surface and comprise different ecosystems that are permanently or periodically wet, such as mangroves, tidal marshes, peat bogs, swamps, river floodplains, riparian zones etc.
Little information is available for the state's small (< 25 acres [< 10 hectares]), inland, palustrine emergent persistent (PEM1) wetlands
(Cowardin et al.