In 2015, world leaders committed to achieving the 17 goals of the United National 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). Now it’s time to act. 7 of the goals impact on and are affected by wetlands – ecosystems where water meets land, such as peatlands, marshes, rivers, lakes, deltas, coasts, and mangroves. Wetlands exist from the polar regions to the tropics, and from high altitudes to the drylands of Africa. Wetlands provide a wide range of benefits: they purify and store water, provide food and fish, support abundant biodiversity, drive local economies, protect our shores and are the Earth’s greatest natural carbon stores.
Investing in wetlands is a wise choice for governments, as well as the private sector and financial institutions, to achieve the SDG commitments. Without wetland investments, the SDGs will not be achieved.
Act now for wetlands, act now for the 2030 Agenda.
Policy brief: Act now on wetlands for Agenda 2030:
Interactive infographic showing the links the between the SDGs, wetlands and some innovative approaches Wetlands International works with: