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Update: The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to March 31, 2017.

A new Climate and Green Plan is under development and the government is gathering public input through an online survey on energy, land use and conservation measures. Completing this survey takes just a few minutes and is an easy way to impact policy development for Manitoba’s lakes.

Here at LWF, we have spent the past four years working with the provincial government to improve protection of Manitoba’s threatened wetlands though strong regulation and strict enforcement. Specifically, we have been calling for new...

Photo courtesy of Ducks Unlimited Canada

Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day, celebrated in honour of the United Nations’ 1971 adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which provides an international framework for wetland conservation and use. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and take action to protect these special areas.

This year’s theme is “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction,” selected to highlight the vital role healthy wetlands play in reducing the impacts of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts.

Certainly, this is something to which...

Tuesday, Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the 1971 adoption of the United Nations’ intergovernmental Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Every year on Feb. 2, people around the world raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and take action in their own communities to protect these special areas.

A wetland is any area that holds water – either temporarily or permanently. They may more commonly be known as sloughs, swamps, ponds or marshes.

We here at LWF love wetlands: for their biodiversity, for their ability to mitigate the effects of flooding and...

Since 1997, Feb. 2 has been observed as World Wetlands Day. Throughout the world, people are encouraged to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and take action in their own communities to protect these special areas.

How are you planning to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2016? Click here for some ideas!

Wetlands

On Feb. 2, 1971, an intergovernmental treaty called the Ramsar Convention was adopted. Named for the Iranian city in which its adoption occurred, the convention came into force in 1975 to provide a framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. (You can learn more about the Ramsar Convention here.)

Today, almost 90 per cent of UN member states – including Canada – are considered “contracting parties.” Contracting parties implement the Ramsar Convention and collaborate on shared projects. More than 2,000 wetlands across the globe (37 in Canada) are currently...

Cattails

A new publication is celebrating the multitude of benefits offered by Manitoba’s wetlands!

Nature’s Wealth is a joint release from LWF, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

The four-page feature delves into the ecological and economic value of wetland areas – everything from water purification, flood protection, wildlife habitat, biofuels, recreational opportunities and even food!

It also highlights some of the conservation, policy and research initiatives currently underway across the province; readers get to meet research...

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LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes information on our emerging community-based monitoring network, details about groundbreaking microplastics research made possible through our grants program, and helpful tips on how you can speak up for water by reaching out to decision makers.