TEEB Report for Water and Wetlands released

Wetlands are a fundamental part of local and global water cycles and provide numerous ecosystem services. Nevertheless, wetlands continue to be degraded or lost and, in many cases, policies and decisions do not sufficiently take into account these interconnections and interdependencies. However, the full value of water and wetlands needs to be recognized and integrated into decision-making in order to meet our future social, economic and environmental needs.

Geneva, Switzerland | 1 February 2013 - The report, The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Water and Wetlands, was launched on the occasion of World Wetlands Day. It presents insights on critical water-related ecosystem services in order to encourage additional policy momentum, business commitment, and investment in the conservation, restoration, and wise use of wetlands.
 
For example, improved water management practices allowed the restoration of Lake Ichkeul in Tunisia, resulting in the doubling of the number of tourists since 2005. The promotion of the lake as a tourist destination helped to raise awareness of the value of the lake ecosystems and the importance of a sustainable use. It also brings new sources of income for the Park management and conservation and allowed establishment of basic training and credit schemes to increase the involvement of local communities in tourism activities. "It is poor people who suffer the most when biodiversity is lost, because their survival depends on the wealth of nature. When we destroy wetlands, we disrupt nature's water cycle and its ability to provide water for households and farms, so inadvertently we add to the suffering of the poor. This report reinforces the message that restoration and protection of wetlands is vital to address today’s most pressing challenges of water and food security, climate change, and poverty. "TEEB Water and Wetlands" calls on development policy-makers to recognize these ecosystem values and put in place policy responses that promote the conservation and restoration of wetlands" says TEEB Study Leader and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Pavan Sukhdev, currently Chair of the TEEB Advisory Board.
 
You can download the report here.
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