Organization explains the science behind carbon capture to educate and inform Canadians
on a key environmental issue
Stonewall, Oct. 18, 2019 - Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) today released a special
edition of its podcast, In the Reeds, focusing on the science of carbon and its
relationship with the 6.4 million acres of wetlands, grasslands, and coastal areas
under the organization's care.
"It's common to hear about carbon in a political context, especially during an election,"
says Nigel Simms, national director of communications and marketing, DUC. "Given
that we are a habitat conservation organization that leads with science, we felt
we had a responsibility to help Canadians understand what carbon is, what it does,
and how our wetland conservation work intersects with carbon in the ground."
Established wetlands, forests, and grasslands store large amounts of carbon through
the sequestration of CO2 to organic carbon in the soil. Peatlands are also effective
carbon sinks because of the large amount of organic soil found within them. Canada's
boreal forest, where DUC has been working for more than 20 years, is one of the
largest and most significant carbon stores in the world.
Wetlands and other natural areas contribute to many ecosystem services, or environmental
benefits, to society. In Canada, there are 6.4 million acres of habitat under DUC's
care. The total monetary value of the ecosystem services in this habitat is $4.9
billion. Of this, 31 per cent ($1.5 billion) comes from carbon sequestration and
"The intersection between conservation and carbon sequestration is another example
that the work we do for ducks also has a tremendous benefit to us all," says Simms.
In The Reeds is Canada's Conservation Podcast and the official podcast of Ducks
Unlimited Canada. It's available for download on iTunes and Google Play or streamed
About Ducks Unlimited Canada: Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland
conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit
organizations, and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl,
wildlife, and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.