Wetland ecosystem services
Wetland ecosystems are part of our natural wealth. At a worldwide scale they provide us with services worth trillions of US dollars every year – entirely free of charge – making a vital contribution to human health and well-being. With the global population set to increase to nine billion by 2050, increasing pressure on water resources and the threats posed by climate change, the need to maximise these benefits has never been greater or more urgent.
The set of Ramsar Factsheets profiles the ‘ecosystem services’ – the benefits people obtain from ecosystems – provided by wetlands. They illustrate the great diversity of ecosystem services delivered by wetlands and their values. The factsheets do not cover valuation techniques; a few references to further information on such techniques can be found in the data sources document.
Higher-resolution PDFs suitable for printing and photocopying and the design files for translating and customising these sheets are also available on request from the Ramsar Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of this is available in Arabic, French and Spanish as well as English.
For more information, please contact:
CEPA Programme Officer