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DCRM to conduct wetland valuation project presentations

(Press Release) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality-Division of Coastal Resources Management and its consultant, the Wolfs Company, have conducted an economic valuation study of CNMI’s wetlands.

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Illustration developed by 2019 DCRM summer intern Cerijean Mangubat.  DCRM photo

The consultant team was on island in April of this year to engage and gather data from various resource agencies and local experts. The results of the study would be used to inform future management decisions on potential projects concerning wetland conversion, restoration, and mitigation of such critical ecosystems.

DCRM’s consultants will be back on island to conduct two presentations that cover the project results on Sept. 25. The presentations will be developed for different target audiences and the details are as follows:

The first presentation will be for agency representatives and will take place in the BECQ main conference room from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The second presentation will be targeted to the general public and will take place at the American memorial park visitor center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wetlands in CNMI serve various ecological functions to society such as groundwater recharge, water pollutant filtration, stormwater retention, and they serve as buffers against flooding.

In addition, they also provide habitat for some endangered wildlife species and occasionally serve as nurseries for juvenile marine life. Wetlands offer many recreational and educational opportunities for the CNMI. They are regulated and managed by numerous local and federal agencies as wetland systems fall under both state and national jurisdiction. The project results are intended to provide new information regarding the values of CNMI’s extensive wetland ecosystems.

If you have any questions related to the project, contact Rich Salas at 664-8318 or email rsalas@dcrm.gov.mp.