Wetlands the powerhouses in climate change crisis war

Wetland

A wetland at Marura in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County on May 15, 2021. 

Photo credit: Jared Nyataya | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Studies show 35 to 80 per cent of wetlands have been wiped out.
  • Wetlands store over a third of the world’s carbon, as much as five times terrestrial forests.

Wetlands — swamps, rivers, floodplains, lakes, salt marshes, peatlands — are highly productive ecosystems covering six per cent of the world’s surface today. They deliver a wide range of services that contribute to human well-being — such as nutrition, water purification and supply, coastal protection, habitat for biodiversity and climate and flood regulation. Their role cannot be overstated.

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