2 Feb 2015

The Future of humanity depends on wetlands

Wetlands are crucial to life on earth (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
By Martin Fowlie

February 2 marks World Wetlands Day, the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea (the so-called Ramsar Convention) Wetlands purify and replenish our water, and provide the fish and rice that feed billions. Wetlands act as a natural sponge against flooding and drought, and protect our coastlines. They burst with biodiversity, and are a vital means of storing carbon

Unfortunately, these benefits are not widely known. Often viewed as wasteland, 64% of our wetlands have disappeared since 1900.

Help turn the tide on the loss and degradation of our wetlands. Join us for World Wetlands Day 2015 – and beyond, using #WorldWetlandsDay #WetlandsForOurFuture.

Read the statement from Dr Christopher Briggs, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on the occasion of World Wetlands Day.

The Ramsar Convention has become one of the most important global mechanisms for BirdLife Partners in their national work with many Partners having contributed to the designation of IBAs as "Wetlands of International Importance" in their countries. 

Read our spotlight on wetlands from State of the World's Birds