This article was originally published on Daily Observer.

“Liberia’s wetlands, especially those lying around coastal urban areas, are threatened by growing population pressure and human activity.

Urban wetlands are essential to making cities livable and also contribute to improving water quality and green spaces in cities, John K. Jallah, Jr., Environmental Protection Agency assistant manager in the Environmental Research and Standards Department, has said.

…“Wetlands help with flood control, buffers against storm surges and tsunamis; the green vegetation acts as a filter for domestic and industrial waste. Wetlands have immense amounts of ecological value encompassing their ecosystem services (functions), range of biodiversity they possess, and endangered species that are threatened with extinction,” he said…”

Read on at: Daily Observer.