Conserving freshwater habitats
Working with the Ramsar Convention, national governments, international river basin organizations and other institutions, our work to protect freshwater habitats includes:
- Supporting implementation of international agreements and treaties on biodiversity and wetlands
- Mainstreaming wetlands conservation into national laws and polices
- Promoting payments for environmental services (PES) for financing freshwater ecosystem services
- Assessing and increasing the representativeness of freshwater habitats in protected area networks
- Establishing freshwater conservation networks
- Restoring critical freshwater habitats
- Linking freshwater enhancements to protection of downstream estuaries and marine environments such as coral reefs
However, freshwater habitats in many of WWF’s priority places are either still under immediate threat or underrepresented in current protected area networks.
In most cases, existing freshwater protected areas are fragmented and disconnected from one another, and not sufficiently large or robust enough to safeguard species and freshwater ecosystem services in the face of climate change.
100 million ha of new protected wetlands
Ramsar sites not only recognize the world's most important wetlands, but are also an effective tool to help countries further their sustainable development goals, balance conservation needs, and address poverty alleviation.
Public recognition of the value of Ramsar sites and their protection status under this international agreement have been important aids to wetlands conservation.
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