Wetlands of Life

Wetlands of Life

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Wetlands are vital to human survival. They are one of the most productive environments in the world, and are cradles of biological diversity and sources of water and primary productivity on which countless plant and animal species depend for their subsistence.

Wetlands are indispensable because of the myriad benefits or “ecosystem services” they provide to humanity, from the supply of fresh water, food and building materials, and biodiversity, to flood control, groundwater recharge and climate change mitigation.

However, study after study shows that the surface and quality of wetlands continue to decline in most regions of the world. As a result, the ecosystem services that wetlands provide to people are at risk.

Managing wetlands is a global challenge and the Convention currently has more than 160 Contracting Parties, which is a recognition of the value of having an international treaty dedicated to a single ecosystem.

The Convention applies a broad definition of wetlands, encompassing all lakes and rivers, underground aquifers, swamps and marshes, wet grasslands, peatlands, oases, estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, mangroves and other coastal areas, coral reefs, and artificial sites such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoirs, and salt flats.

"Humedales de vida" is a Nature Documentary about the aquatic birds that inhabit the few and small estuaries and mouths of rivers and estuaries in the semi-arid north of Chile. The protagonist is the yellow-fronted tagua (fulica armillata), one of the few birds that remains in the wetlands throughout the year, where it finds abundant food and a safe territory to nest.

Video: 25 ta Life - WETLANDS 121596 AF REUNION Full Set (June 2022).