Minister Humphreys promotes environmental awareness among young on World Wetlands Day

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is encouraging young people to become more environmentally aware on World Wetlands Day, a global initiative aimed at raising awareness about the importance of protecting wetlands.
A month-long Global Photo Contest open to 15-24 year olds started this Monday and is aimed at encouraging young people to visit their local wetland.
Shirley Clerkin, Chair of the Irish Ramsar Wetland Committee, who is also Monaghan Co. Council’s Heritage Officer, said: “We must work to secure the future of our wetlands in Ireland, as we cannot achieve a sustainable environment for all without healthy wetlands.
“An ecosystem services evaluation for Co Monaghan wetlands has found that these wetlands are worth between €500 per year for a small lake site and €135,500 per year for the blanket bog on Sliabh Beagh. These case study site valuations include flood control, water quality and quantity, recreation, aesthetics, biodiversity and carbon sequestration services. The replacement cost of wetlands is simply enormous. It makes economic and ecological sense to preserve them.”