CCAECI Statement on World Wetlands Day Call to Action February 2nd, 2024
On this World Wetlands Day, we, the members of the Clean Climate And Environment Campaign Initiative (CCAECI), unite in recognition of the critical importance of wetlands for the interconnected health of our planet and human well-being. The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands’ call to action serves as a public cry to address the threats facing wetlands. The following are some of the facts why to protect these and such ecosystems:
- Wetlands and rivers are vulnerable to degradation and loss due to factors such as urbanization, agriculture, drainage, infrastructure, and pollution. When wetlands are drained, filled, or otherwise altered, their ability to regulate water quality and quantity is diminished, leading to negative impacts on surrounding ecosystems and communities.
- Only ⅓ of the world’s rivers longer than 1,000 km remain free-flowing as a result of dam development and other infrastructure. Fragmentation disrupts the flow of water and nutrient-rich sediments, impedes the migration and reproduction of aquatic and riparian species, and can have far-reaching consequences on both freshwater and marine environments.
- In just 40 years 83% of the world’s freshwater mammal, bird, fish, reptile, and amphibian populations have declined while 76% of migratory freshwater fish have been lost.
The CCAECI, in pursuit of its mission to advance global free-flowing river conservation policies, recognizes the urgent need to address the challenges faced by wetlands. The detrimental impact of unsustainable agricultural practices, urban expansion, pollution, and plastic waste cannot be overstated. As we work towards protecting and restoring riverine connectivity, biodiversity, and associated ecosystem services, we recognize the interconnectedness of wetlands and free-flowing rivers. For World Wetlands Day 2024, we echo the call to action and invite our members and people worldwide to engage in the following ways:
- Consciously stop polluting, draining, and diverting rivers and wetlands
- Conserve and sustainably manage rivers and wetlands
- Participate in river and wetland restoration efforts locally
- Incentivize a just transition to local, sustainable agriculture and industries in areas surrounding wetlands
With just six years remaining to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and meet the 30X30 Targets in 2030, we recognize the demanding need to act now to safeguard our shared environment. By signing this statement, we affirm our dedication to the CCAECI mission and the protection of wetlands around the world.
Mr. Clifford Erhiyodavwe Edevbie
CEO/Founder Clean Climate And Environment Campaign Initiative,
Mr. Alexander E. Edevbie
Country Director, Clean Climate And Environment Campaign Initiative, Ghana