Gains in soil quality contribute to a more stable climate, diminished flooding, and cleaner waterways, says study leader Dr Stephanie Tomscha.
Wetland restoration in the Wairarapa provides significant benefits to people and ecosystems, including contributing to a more stable climate, diminished flooding, and cleaner waterways, a Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington study has found.
Speaking on the eve of World Wetlands Day on Tuesday 2 February, study leader Dr Stephanie Tomscha, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, says the Wairarapa was chosen because of its growing need for wetland restoration.
The region’s area of wetlands has declined by 98.7 percent from its pre-colonial extent, more than the global average loss of 71 percent and the New Zealand average loss of 90 percent.
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