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EXTENSION OF WETLANDS WOULD BOOST FENLAND ECONOMY, SAYS REPORT

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A plan to revitalise Cambridgeshire's wetlands could also be a boost for the Fenland economy according to a report ...
A plan to revitalise Cambridgeshire's wetlands could also be a boost for the Fenland economy according to a report out today, reports BBC Cambridgeshire.

'Wet Fens for the Future' is published to coincide with a conference promoting the value of fen wetlands for people and wildlife.

Over the past four centuries 97% of wetlands have disappeared from the Fens. The few that remain make significant social and economic contributions to the area and are an important part of its heritage.

The Wet Fens for the Future plan has been supported by the Countryside Commission, Cambridgeshire CC, the Environment Agency, English Nature and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The wetlands cover 5,000 square kilometres in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. It involves some of the most productive farmland in the UK. But the Fens has a low population density and low average incomes, so the project argues it is the most suitable area in the country for the creation of new wetlands.
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