This year, World Wetlands Day shines a spotlight on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages us to protect and restore them.
We are facing a growing freshwater crisis that threatens people and our planet. We use more freshwater than nature can replenish, and we are destroying the ecosystem that life depends on most – wetlands. Nearly 90% of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed and those remaining are disappearing three times faster than forests.
Fresh and saltwater wetlands are invaluable ecosystems that provide critical services: