Should I buy a wetland?

How wetlands are formed

We buy a lot of land in Florida, and we can tell you that they should not let flood zones or other water issues scare them away from buying land there. It’s the same as buying land anywhere else, they just have to research the lot prior to purchase.

Each state has natural complications that need to be treated with caution. If you are in the northeast in areas like New York, Vermont or Maine and decide to buy a secluded lot; you will not be able to access the land during the winter months due to snowfall.

At Compass Land USA we perform due diligence on all properties prior to purchase. Should you attempt to purchase the property yourself, you should begin the research and due diligence process with the 15 questions we will present below (you can find more information on the questions and why they are important in this article):

If you have already gone through these 15 questions for potential ownership, you are on the right track. However, as we mentioned above, there are state-specific aspects to keep in mind. When buying land in Florida, it is important to be aware of flood zones, wetlands and waterways.

Types of wetlands

In Ricaurte converge charming spaces that distinguish the municipality and give it a special charm. It is not only the favorable climate that this space offers but also the activities that allow you to take a break and reconnect with nature, one of the sites we want to highlight today is the wetland El Yulo. It is an ecosystem with special characteristics and in which species such as the bichofue inhabit or in which you can find flora such as the popular mataratón.

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This is one of the few tropical dry forest wetlands in Colombia. It is located in the Bogotá River basin in the Limoncitos district at an altitude of 284 meters above sea level and has an average temperature of 27°C (77°F).    Since 2006, the Corporación Autónoma de Cundinamarca, as the territorial entity that protects and watches over the protection of the region’s natural resources, declared it a water reserve. Through this decree, its zones were delimited and the area was surrounded to initiate a safeguarding effort to reduce the human activities that have affected its conservation.

Wetland Biodiversity

In our experience knowing, documenting and touring the capital’s wetlands, we have gathered information and experiences that allow us to draw conclusions about which are the most serious threats and problems that currently affect and may even disappear some of these valuable ecosystems. This is the top of threats and problems of the Bogotanos wetlands.

First, it affects and almost destroys the Capellanía wetland, since the ALO would cross it from south to north along its entire length and from east to west on its southern side.  The result would be a terrible ecological impact since the wetland would have to be dried and filled in all these sectors to adapt it for the passage of a high-speed highway and heavy traffic, connecting traffic circles would be needed, lighting for high-speed traffic and abundant noise would be produced in the area during construction and in its normal operation.

A new road, with the technical specifications of the ALO, implies a loss of area of approximately 26% of the current area (approximately 7 hectares).  (1) This panorama does not offer many possibilities of subsistence of the wetland (Capellania) in the medium term, with this another concern arises in the local social and environmental actors, in addition to the ecological, is the issue related to the threat by average flooding in the western edge, events that were cushioned by the wetland, as one of its natural functions.  (1)

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Human benefits of wetlands

The benefits of wetlands are undeniable. In addition to replenishing the subway aquifers that provide drinking water for nearly two billion people in Asia and 380 million in Europe, these bodies of water are indispensable for the planet because of the countless “ecosystem services” they provide to humankind:

CO2 sinks.  Peatlands cover approximately 3% of the planet’s land surface but contain 30% of all the carbon stored on earth. This is twice the amount stored in the world’s forests. However, when they are burned or drained for agriculture, they change from being carbon sinks to carbon sources. CO2 emissions from fires, drainage and exploitation of peatlands are equivalent to 10% of all annual fossil fuel emissions.

They maintain biodiversity.  Wetlands are home to more than 100,000 known freshwater species, and this number is steadily increasing. Between 1999 and 2009, some 257 new species of freshwater fish were discovered in the Amazon. In addition, wetlands are essential for many amphibians and reptiles, as well as for bird breeding and migration.

Should I buy a wetland?
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