29 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

THE vital importance of preserving wetlands including turf bogs in order to prevent flooding, keep water sources clean, mitigate climate change — among a host of other reasons — was repeatedly and forcefully underlined at a major conference held in Ballybay last Thursday under the theme, ‘Wise Use of Wetlands’.

The keynote presentation at the event organised by Monaghan’s Heritage Office was Dr Christopher Briggs, Secretary General of the International Ramsar Convention, who warned of the massive worldwide loss of over 60% of wetland areas over the last 100 years and of the serious environmental consequences if this trend is not stopped and reversed.

Dr Briggs was backed by other contributors in calling on Ireland to play its part in preserving wetland areas, and he pointed to out rich tracts of raised bog, which was a vital holder of carbon that simply had to be “kept in the ground”.

The opening address at Thursday’s conference in Ballybay’s Wetlands Centre was given by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, who said her Department’s objective was to repair and maintain wetlands and while striking a balance what would allow for sustainable….


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