World Wetlands Day 2020

  • January 31, 2020

EMBLAS-Plus joins in celebrating the World Wetlands Day 2020!

Wetlands are very important for the Black Sea and not only

Black Sea and Azov Sea brackish lagoons, delta and shallow bays act as:


• Buffer zones for climate changes mitigation


• “Kindergartens” for juvenile fish of the Black Sea


• Reactors of growing of living matter


• Natural traps for organic matter, protecting marine waters from “algae bloom”

See the infographic:

From the Ramsar Secretariat Website:

 
2020 marks a watershed for action on biodiversity.
Our past efforts have not been enough. Decisions taken this year on a global road map for biodiversity must be the impetus for new thinking and unprecedented action.



But we cannot wait. Transformation can begin today, World Wetlands Day.
There must be no further loss of our wetlands – the most biodiverse and valuable ecosystem we have. And we must restore those we’ve lost.
Wetlands range from rivers, lakes, marshes and peatlands to saltwater mangroves, coral reefs and estuaries. It’s why 40% of the world’s species live or breed in wetlands.


The source of our clean water, the rice that feeds 3.5 billion people daily and much of our fish, wetlands provide one in seven people with a living.
Peatlands and mangroves are effective carbon sinks and therefore pivotal to tackling a climate emergency that is fueling biodiversity decline.
Wetland services are priceless and irreplaceable.
Yet, astonishingly, wetlands are vanishing faster than any other ecosystem today.


More than 35% have been lost in under 50 years.
25% of wetland-dependent species, in inland wetlands, and 23% in coastal and marine wetlands are globally threatened.
It’s not too late to avert a mass extinction. And secure our future well-being.


But wetlands must be at the heart of national and global biodiversity discussions, decisions and actions in 2020 – and beyond.
Crucially, it is time to acknowledge wetlands’ critical role for biodiversity - and the solutions they provide on climate change and sustainable development.


It is time to fulfil commitments to stop the loss of the world’s wetlands.
We can determine a positive future for life on earth.
We have only one path before us.


Let’s take it!