Wetlands International global site 中文版 · English   
     
Home About US IWRB-News Wetlands News Projects Information Wetlands Knowledge Wetlands Photos Publications Contact US
IWRB-News
 
IWRB-News Home > IWRB-News > IWRB-News
ecosystems are the hidden hand behind many disasters.”
Editor:WI  Time:2014-9-26

Wetlands have the greatest value of services for human well-being, yet they have suffered the greatest habitat losses over the past century. Wetlands International CEO Jane Madgwick pointed to the recent floods in India and the Balkans as a case in point, saying “to a large extent the impacts of these floods were predictable and preventable. Investing in wetlands as water stores in the landscape helps save human lives and livelihoods and makes economic sense.

 

The recent devastation in Kashmir, India is driven by wetland conversion and degradation in Kashmir valley. The largest freshwater lake, Wular Lake formerly functioned as a large sponge that buffered against flooding and low river flows. Now, the lake is silted up and the marshes have been drained and converted for as agriculture and willow plantations. 90% of the absorptive capacity of the lake has gone and flash floods result. The management plan for restoring the lake, prepared for the Indian government by Wetlands International has only been partly implemented. It offers a cost effective solution to reduce flood risk.

 
 
 MORE >>
中文版| English | Links | Site Map | Contact Us
国际湿地 版权所有 
Tel:+8610-62377031 E-mail: iwrb@wetwonder.org 
京ICP备05054685号  Design by:zhanduoduo