Climate change resources

Wetlands can play an important role in climate change.

Firstly: they allow us to adapt better to drought and extreme weather events. Wetlands such as tidal mudflats and salt marsh can absorb the energy of sea surges and high tides, serving as a buffer for agricultural and residential areas. Associated riverine wetlands also allow water to be soaked up in rural or agricultural areas, so that downstream human settlements are not flooded.

Secondly: wetlands are a great store for carbon, particularly peatlands, where biomass does not degrade due to waterlogged conditions. Instead, it is stored. If these wetlands are drained, they release their biomass as they oxidise, adding to the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

Finally: wetlands are impacted on by climate change. Drought, storms and rising sea level can all damage wetlands. We need to be making sure our wetlands are robust enough to deal with this.

IPCC website

Get background information on causes and predictions for climate change from the IPCC website.

Flood management guide

WWF’s guide on natural flood management is a useful resource.

Climate change game

Try the STEP game from WWF Hong Kong for a climate change-based game aimed at under 10 year-olds.

World Wetlands Day

Ramsar archives educational materials from previous World Wetlands Days, including 2019's climate change theme.

Water resources

For information on climate change and water resources, go to IUCN’s web pages.

FIELD report

2009 report from FIELD shows the importance of wetlands and forests in climate change.

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