More than 1000 events have been organized around the world to celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February under the umbrella theme for 2017 “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”. In the countires within the NorBalWet 12 different events are organized http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/map.
The frequency of natural hazards worldwide has more than doubled in just 35 years and their frequency is set to increase due to climate change. Furthermore according to Un-Water an estimated 90% of natural hazards are water related. See a video Wetlands are Nature's Shock Absorbers.
Healthy and well managed wetlands function as ‘natural infrastructure’ defending us from the catastrophic effects of natural hazards. Coastal wetlands such as mangroves, coral reefs, sea grass and tidal marshes protect us against flooding and storm surges. Inland wetlands such as floodplains, lakes and peatlands act as a ‘natural sponge’, storing excess rainfall and reducing flooding, then releasing stored water during the dry season to delay the onset of droughts.
Read more here. Happy World Wetlands Day!