Photo: Leadership forum empowers BC wetland champions

Credit: Noa Neuman Spivak

By Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

To kick off summer 2012, the David Suzuki Foundation brought together advocates, scientists and decision-makers from throughout British Columbia's Lower Mainland to celebrate the wonders of wetlands and craft plans for protecting these vitally important and increasingly threatened ecosystems.

Generously supported by the Vancity Visa enviroFund, the first ever David Suzuki Foundation Wetlands Leadership Forum took place on June 28th and 29th at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Attendees included more than a dozen leading wetland conservation groups, key officials from local and provincial government agencies, ecological economists and academics.

Over the two-day forum, delegates discussed challenges and opportunities in protecting wetlands, and worked to build a stronger, unified voice for wetland conservation in the Lower Mainland. Participants looked for ways to work together, share expertise and collaborate on new conservation strategies.

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The David Suzuki Foundation also shared new research highlighting the essential ecological services wetlands play, such as filtering water, storing greenhouse gas emissions, and providing protection from floods and storms

We hope that the Wetlands Leadership Forum marks the beginning of a new era in wetland conservation in the Lower Mainland, leading the way to ensuring the permanent protection of these essential natural assets so our communities can continue to grow and prosper.

Credit: Eoghan Moriarty,

July 19, 2012

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