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Ocean Caraibes has over 25 years experience mediating conflicts between developers & regulatory agencies. We help discover and then pursue the best course of action for all parties.

 

 

FACTS ...

The total economic value of 63 million hectares of wetland around the world is estimated to be US$ 3.4 billion per year.

 
Planting and protecting nearly 12,000 hectares of mangroves in Vietnam cost US$ 1.1 million but saved annual expenditures on dyke maintenance of US$ 7.3 million.

 
Contribution of insect pollinators to global agricultural output is US$ 190 billion/year.

 

Wetlands, producers of life.  

 


What are wetlands?

 

In the past, most people were content to speak of marshes and swamps without truly understanding their differences.  A marsh is a wet place with herbaceous vegetation.  A swamp is a wet place dominated by shrubs and trees. And since there are so many different kinds of each, it behooved some unsung wordsmith to come up a handle that would define both as one.

 

The word "wetland," equally accommodates both
marsh and swamp environments.

 

Wetlands are producers of life.  Some can be equally to tropical rain forest in regard to cleansing the environment.  Wetlands lock up large amounts of carbon, generally in the form of peat, thereby preventing it (carbon) from entering the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, the principal culprit in global warming.  Similarly, wetlands absorb and filter pollutants that would otherwise degrade lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aquifers.

 

Wetlands provide feeding, spawning and nursery grounds for a large percentage of saltwater and freshwater fish alike.  Plus, wetlands provide habitat for many resident and migratory bird species.

 

Wetlands protect people and property from too much water. They help control flooding. Coastal wetlands buffer the impact of storm tides on populated uplands while inland marshes sponge up runoff and reduce flood crests downstream. Wetlands stabilize shorelines and river banks. They are the glue that holds the land together.

 


 

Unfortunately, over the past several decades, developers’ attempts at “improving” and or simply removing wetlands have caused numerous problems, even catastrophes throughout the world, including the Caribbean. What once were active and vibrant ecological sanctuaries and natural environmental tools have become nothing more than mud puddles, messes and worse.

 

Too often nowadays, a tidal marsh or inland swamp is the focal point some kind of municipal conflict… a landowner or developer wants to put a piece of his wetlands to a drier use, and a regulatory agency trying to prevent the action.

 

Ocean Caraibes has over 25 years experience mediating conflicts between developer and regulatory agency. We help discover and then pursue the best course of action for all involved parties.

 

                                                          Also See Water Resource Management