Limerick City and County Council (LCCC) will host an event about the link between wetlands and human well-being to mark World Wetlands Day.

The event will take place at Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel in Adare on Thursday, February 1, the eve of World Wetlands Day.

The 2024 theme of Wetlands and Human Well-being aims to spotlight how all aspects of human well-being – physical, mental and environmental – are tied to the health of the world’s wetlands.

Wetlands hold and provide most of our freshwater. They naturally filter pollutants, leaving water we can safely drink.

You can discover why we need to preserve and restore these richly biodiverse ecosystems that underpin human well-being with speakers from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Limerick Branch of Birdwatch Ireland and the South East Region of the Regional Local Authorities Waters Programme.

“All are invited to join us in this meaningful exploration of wetlands and their impact on human lives,” a spokesperson for LCCC said.

This event will also double up as an annual Tidy Towns seminar giving groups a chance to network with speakers and interested parties.

Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

World Wetlands Day is an opportunity for nations and people to come together to spur awareness, appreciation and action for wetlands.

It has been a United Nations International Day since 2022, celebrated every February 2 since 1997 by parties to the Convention on Wetlands of which Ireland is one.

Nuala Madigan, chief executive of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council

From the Limerick Leader

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