In the past, wetlands have often been regarded as damp, smelly, buggy places of unproductive land. Over time, many wetlands have been drained for farmland and housing developments…but things are changing.
More recently, people are starting to recognize wetlands as the special and complex ecosystems they really are. These damp places are ecological treasures, packed with biodiversity and the important, functional role of purifying water and helping to reduce flooding.
Check out the new interactive coastal wetlands feature and find out about Canterbury’s unique coastal wetlands, the animals and plants that make wetlands their home, and how wetlands purify water and help reduce flooding.
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