We can’t ignore it. Man’s impact on our planet is starting to affect our lives. Climate change, pollution and energy crises will affect our children’s and grandchildren’s lives. We’re finding ways to work with nature, rather than against it, to help our natural environment to support life in the future.
Wetlands supply life-giving water and a host of other benefits like flood management. They can even help to reduce pollution and regulate the air temperature.
As the world wakes up to the benefits wetlands can bring, governments and business are looking for advice and expertise to help them build wetlands that will benefit people and even save money.
These solutions often involve commercial work outside the remit of a charity. So WWT Consulting exists as a subsidiary of WWT to take on these challenges, with any profits going straight back into WWT’s conservation work.
WWT Consulting advises governments and business on building wetland solutions to problems like
pollution and flooding that make the world a better place for people and wildlife. If you’re going to build a wetland, make it somewhere fantastic that will become a valued part of people’s communities!
The work focuses on ecological surveys and assessments, habitat design and management; visitor centre planning and design; and wetland treatment and sustainable drainage systems.
One estimate suggested wetlands provide the world with $15 trillion in services every year – for free. Services like cleaning our drinking water, producing fish stocks and providing buffers that protect us from flooding. So if we build more wetlands, we can get more services for free!
Some of the great projects they’ve been involved with include:
- Sri Lanka – The capital suffers from flash floods and pollution. Instead of destroying damaged wetland in the middle of the city, WWT Consulting is advising on developing a wetland that will filter pollution, store floodwater, help to regulate temperature in the city and become a communal focus and wildlife haven that will attract tourists and locals alike.
- East Midlands – A lot of human waste is – er – exactly that. It’s poo. And zoos don’t just have a lot of people, they have a lot of animals who also produce a lot of poo. At one zoo, WWT Consulting designed a wetland as part of the landscape, which treats waste water for reuse within the exhibits. We also created a larger 1.6 hectare wetland next door to treat visitor effluent. And for good measure we also designed it to protect the zoo from flooding in the event of unusually heavy rain. Both wetlands are great for wildlife too!
- Uruguay – Maldonado lies on the coast, east of the capital Montevideo. It’s a large tourist resort but development threatens to damage the local scenery. If the nearby wetlands are destroyed, this could destroy local livelihoods and cause pollution and flooding problems. WWT Consulting is advising on turning an 800 hectare section of the salt marsh into a wildlife-rich attraction for ‘green’ tourism, to ensure its protection for the future.