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Did you know that one in eight people on the planet lack access to safe #water? #conservation

The Niger delta hosts about 20% of Mali’s population and generates on average 90,000 tonnes of fish catch per year. Wetlands and their wildlife are a key part of the global tourism experience. Expenditure by tourists visiting wetlands is estimated at around US$ 925 billion each year. Asia’s lower Mekong delta supports the world's most productive inland fisheries, providing 56 million people with up to 80% of their animal protein intake and valued at around US$ 3 billion per year. Thirty three of the world’s 105 largest cities derive their drinking water from catchments within forest protected areas such as national parks and reserves. In Sri Lanka the Muthurajawella protected area provides flood protection valued at over US$5 million/year. Management of the Australian city of Melbourne’s forested catchments (almost half of which are protected areas) is being adapted in the...

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