Wetland conservation is a key component to mitigating the impacts of climate change and building resilience in our communities.
From sequestering and trapping carbon to regulating water quality and quantity, we need wetlands now more than ever. Unfortunately, up to 70 per cent of wetlands have been lost in developed areas across Canada and more are disappearing every day. The good news is, it is not too late and taking action benefits our economy.
We believe in a partnership approach to protecting the things that matter to us. We are working with companies and government at all levels to build nature-based solutions like natural infrastructure into development plans. We support Indigenous-led conservation and are contributing innovative scientific approaches to projects guided by traditional knowledge. We are using technology to map and index Canada’s wetlands and sharing this knowledge across the scientific community. We are partnering with the agricultural community to develop programs that support sustainable farming practices.
At DUC, we see a future where our collective conservation efforts result in clean water, resilient communities, abundant wildlife, and natural spaces for recreation.
Our scientists answer your questions
DUC scientists answer some of the most searched climate change questions
Pascal Badiou and Dave Howerter, scientists with our Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research, answer some of the most frequently-Googled questions about climate change.
Climate change and rising tides along the Pacific coast pose a critical threat to families, business and the ecosystem. We are helping to address the impacts of sea-level rise through collaboration, partnership and critical conservation work.
Conserving boreal wetlands is critical. These natural areas, which include peatlands, accumulate and store vast amounts of carbon. As much as 27.9 billion tonnes of carbon is estimated to be stored in Manitoba’s boreal peatlands – an amount equivalent to more than a century of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions. DUC works with governments, Indigenous peoples, scientists, industry and other like-minded organizations to take a balanced approach to conserve the boreal forest.
Extreme weather events like droughts and floods are quickly becoming a way of life in Canada. The Pothole Prairie Region is home to 777,000-square-kilometres of critical habitat, which provides carbon storage, water supply and purification, recreational opportunities and agricultural opportunities. We are working to secure what is left of the original prairies for restoration projects to bring lost wetlands and grasslands back to life.
Invasive species overwhelm habitat, choking out native wildlife and vegetation. They spread aggressively and hold their ground stubbornly. Climate change can hasten the introduction and spread of invasive species. We are working with partners to monitor and control the spread of invasive species in the region.
As waves crash into Canada’s shorelines, our coastlines are changing, washing away and revealing new stretches of beach that were once solid earth. Salt marsh restoration is one tool among many to combat coastal erosion and beat back climate change. As DUC looks to manage coastal infrastructure and conserve wetlands, often the best solutions are to return sites to their natural states.
Climate change is occurring more rapidly in the Arctic than elsewhere. Melting sea ice and industrialization are largely human-induced contributors to the rise of contaminants like mercury in Arctic ecosystems. DUC and the Inuit of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region Joint Secretariat and Oceans North Canada are researching breeding and migratory waterfowl populations as they represent an important source of information to track the response of waterfowl populations to these changes.
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We have packaged up activities to help students learn how wetlands play a role in fighting climate change, how to work through emotions associated with climate change, and how we can take action together.
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