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Water JPI Newsletter - February 2016

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The value of wetlands for human health and prosperity is celebrated every year on 2 February. Lakes, lagoons, streams and inland waterways provide freshwater which is essential to ensure food supply, sustain biodiversity, protect land against flooding and enable tourism, transport, industry and employment. The World Wetlands Day is promoted each year by the Ramsar Convention since 1997 to raise awareness about the importance of protecting these vital ecosystems which are endangered by degradation and loss. It is estimated that 64% of the wetlands in the planet have disappeared since 1900. That’ is why the new Sustainable Development Goals underline the need to protect and restore ecosystems such as wetlands to reduce poverty in the world.

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