Between 300 million and 400 million people live close to and depend on wetlands.
Wetlands support the cultivation of rice, provide flood control, clean water, shoreline and storm protection, materials, medicines, and vital habitat.
Today, there are more than 2,400 wetlands, covering 630,000,000 acres, designated as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.
Wetlands play important roles in nature conservation through water purification, flood protection, shoreline stabilization, groundwater recharge and stream flow maintenance. They also function as habitat for a number of animals and plants.
Did you know? Wetlands can store up to fifty times more carbon compared to rain forests.
Wetlands are being degraded as they are being drained, destroyed and replaced with agricultural fields, commercial and residential urban developments.