Natural wetlands in Hawaii provide a range of ecological, economic, and societal benefits. Some of the benefits of preserving natural wetlands in Hawaii include:
- Habitat for wildlife: Wetlands provide habitat for a diverse range of plant and animal species, including many that are endangered or threatened.
- Water quality improvement: Wetlands can filter pollutants from the water, improving its quality and helping to protect downstream water bodies.
- Flood control: Wetlands can absorb and store excess water, helping to reduce flood risk and protect against erosion.
- Carbon sequestration: Wetlands can absorb and store carbon dioxide, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.
- Recreational opportunities: Wetlands can provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and tourism, bringing economic benefits to the local community.
Here is some further information on the benefits of preserving natural wetlands in Hawaii: Wetlands Brochure