They provide habitats to an exceptional biodiversity, while providing communities with food resources and protection against threats such as flooding.
France has designated a large Wetland of International Importance covering over 27,000 hectares in the Hauts-de-France region.
Myanmar has extended the boundaries of one of its five Wetlands of International Importance, the Gulf of Mottama, to 161,030 hectares. It now includes a much greater area of this unique estuarine mudflat environment.
Wetlands must be at the heart of national and global biodiversity discussions, decisions and actions in 2020 – and beyond.
Colombia has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance: the first urban High Andean wetland complex in Latin America to be designated; and a complex with a high level of endemism.