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World Wetlands Day 2016: "Providing more than a billion livelihoods"

 

Excerpt from Ramsar Convention site/World Wetland Day resources document

 

Wetland: land area that is saturated or flooded with water either permanently or seasonally

Inland wetlands: Lakes, rivers

Coastal wetlands: estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs

Man-made wetlands: fishponds, rice paddies, and salt pans

 

 

 

The Convention on Wetlands - The Ramsar Convention

Ramsar, Iran (1971-02-02)

(at the shores of the Caspian sea)

 

http://www.ramsar.org/

 

Number of Contracting Parties: 169

Number of Ramsar Sites: 2,227

Total surface of designated sites: 214,875,598 ha

 

Static image from Ramsar video

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Wetlands Day 2016

 

http://www.ramsar.org/activity/world-wetlands-day

 

 

www.worldwetlandsday.org/en/

 

Excerpt:

MORE THAN A BILLION PEOPLE MAKE A LIVING FROM WETLANDS

Livelihoods from fishing, rice farming, travel, tourism, and water provision all depend on wetlands.  And wetlands are vital to us in many other ways.  They host a huge variety of life, protect our coastlines, provide natural sponges against river flooding, and store carbon dioxide to regulate climate change.

 

Material

http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/en/documents

 

Excerpt from document

Wetlands: Providing more than a billion livelihoods

 

More than a billion people depend on wetlands for a living ! Just stop and think about that number – and about what a wetland actually is. The Ramsar Convention defines a wetland as any land area that is saturated or flooded with water, either permanently or seasonally, along with all beaches and shallow coastal areas. This definition covers all inland wetlands such as marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains, and swamps... as well as the whole range of coastal wetlands which include saltwater marshes, estuaries, mangroves, lagoons and coral reefs. Then we should add in all manmade wetlands such as fishponds, rice paddies, and salt pans. 

 

 

2016-02-02

45 years ago the Convention on #wetlands was signed in Iran.@AniaGrobicki1 returns 4 #WorldWetlandsDay celebrations.

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 Wetlands Convention Retweeted

Today is the #WorldWetlandsDay and the start of the @RamsarConv Photo Contest. #StarAlliance http://bit.ly/1KHaNUU 

 

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#wetlands Inspirational, rich in life & essential for #water & #food security & #flood control #WorldWetlandsDay

 

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#LIFE_programme protects #wetlands - our allies in fighting #climatechange #WorldWetlandsDay http://bit.ly/LIFE_mitigation 

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Retweeted by State Department:

Today is #WorldWetlandsDay! 2,224 sites are Wetlands of International Importance, protecting 529,612,162 acres! pic.twitter.com/vwK3y2PeLk

 

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Some 1 billion people worldwide make their living directly from wetlands #WorldWetlandsDay http://bit.ly/1WZJqfV 

 

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