The environmental quality objective Thriving Wetlands aims to ensure that:
– wetlands of all types are represented throughout the country within their natural range,
– important ecosystem services of wetlands, such as biological production, carbon storage, water conservation, water purification, and buffering of water flows, are preserved,
– wetlands are re-established, particularly where activities such as drainage and peat production have resulted in losses and fragmentation of wetlands, and species associated with wetlands have the opportunity to spread to new sites within their natural range,
– habitats and naturally occurring species associated with wetlands have a favourable conservation status and sufficient genetic variation within and between populations,
– threatened wetland species have recovered and habitats have been restored,
– alien species and genotypes do not threaten biodiversity,
– genetically modified organisms that can threaten biodiversity are not introduced,
– the natural and cultural heritage values of wetlands in a landscape perspective are preserved and the conditions for continued preservation and development of these values are in place, and
– the value of wetlands for outdoor recreation is safeguarded and maintained, and the impact of noise is minimised.
No. It is not possible to achieve the environmental quality objective by 2020 on the basis of policy instruments already decided on or planned.