To celebrate, IUCN Asia has produced a photo story to raise awareness about the value of wetlands and highlight why they need to be protected, preserved and restored.
Tonle Sap, Cambodia ©Pheakdey Sorn/IUCN
Wetlands, such as marshes, rivers, mangroves and coral reefs, have many important functions. They support fisheries, provide clean water, store carbon and reduce disaster risk by acting as natural buffers against erosion and the impact of floods, tsunamis and landslides.
In the Indo-Burma region, millions of people rely on wetlands for their survival. The Lower Mekong delta supports the world’s most productive inland fisheries and provides local communities with up to 80% of their protein intake.
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