Wetland values, status and trends

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Globally, wetlands are valued for many reasons: as a source of water, grazing for livestock, fisheries, nurturing birdlife and habitat for biodiversity, source of construction and craft materials, protecting coastlines, moderating climate, for recreation and enjoyment, storing carbon, counteracting pollution, and more. By monitoring the status of wetlands and their species, we ensure that these values are safeguarded and restored – for humans and nature alike.