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The UWI's Centre for Marine Sciences and Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory staff members planted 100 mangrove seedlings in the Rock Revetment along the Old Falmouth road as a part of their World Wetlands Day activities. The area has been threatened by erosion and the mangroves with their unique rooting system will hold the rocks in the revetment and produce a more long-lasting solution. Furthermore, the mangrove wetland area will support biodiversity. Wetlands are land areas that are saturated or flooded with water from land or sea; permanently or seasonally. Inland wetlands include marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains, and swamps. Coastal wetlands include saltwater marshes, estuaries, mangroves, coastal lagoons and even coral reefs. 2 February each year is World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands (the Ramsar convention) on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
Published on 03 Feb, 2021