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Restored wetlands are 25% less productive than natural wetlands

Restored wetlands may never fully recover, calling into question a common belief that it is possible to recreate destroyed wetlands.

Data from 621 restored wetlands around the world was analysed and compared to natural wetlands. Scientists found that restored wetlands contain about 23% less carbon than than untouched wetlands and the variety of plants is 26% lower even 50 to 100 years after restoration.

Scientists say that once the carbon in the soil is lost, it can take decades to recover.

Read more at University of California, Berkeley

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