Wetland why it is important to protect them
Wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally.
The primary factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation of aquatic plants, adapted to a unique hydric soil.
Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life.
Here at Richmond beach we count with the only extension of wetland in the whole island, that area was partially devastated by the flood in 2013.
That happened because it vegetation was consume by cutlery feeding and the area was polluted with a lot of waste so when the flood came the soil wasn´t enough protected to resist such a big Impact.
The flood together with the fact of sea level rise is compromising this area and this part of the island with is, that is why a restoration started in 2015 in order to prevent further erosion.
This restoration of the wetland was carried out by Richmond vale academy together with the ministry of tourism.
Many actions as tree planting and cleanings up have take place in the last years. Since the area is partially salty due to the proximity to the see the kind of vegetation we can say is unique.
The tree planting action consisted in Fat pork, Seagrapes, Neem, Mangroves, coco nut and “penguin” trees and plants that have been fix in this area.
This initiative have shown a huge impact not just for the area which is being restore but also in the local who realized after the flooding how important it is to protect it, so we can say this action have been an educational inspiration for those Saint Vincent who take care and thus help to preserve the welfare of it.