The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust recently launched its Wetland Manifesto at a reception at the Houses of Parliament.
MPs, peers and business leaders heard how protecting our remaining wetlands can help our health, the economy and the public purse.
Wetlands provide around £7.5bn to our economy each year, according to a Government report from 2011.
That’s the combined value of benefits including protection from floods and pollution, or simply being somewhere relaxing to be which is good for our health and well-being. All of us rely on wetlands for drinking water, food and shelter is the message of the Trust.
The Manifesto is a 10 point plan to look after the UK’s remaining wetlands. It outlines steps we need to take including tackling invasive species, supporting landowners to install reed beds to filter pollution, and making outdoor education available for all children.
The Manifesto was given to all parliamentary candidates in the 2015 general election, so that everyone standing can really appreciate how important the natural environment is for families, homes and jobs.