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Guest Blog | Wetlands: The Hidden Resource for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

Wetlands: The Hidden Resource for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
by Chris Perceval (left), Head of Strategy and Partnerships at the Ramsar Convention, and Rob Cadmus (right), Manager, Investing in Natural Infrastructure at the Ramsar Convention

The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The Ramsar Convention and its Contracting Parties commit to work towards the wise use of all the wetlands and water resources in their territory, through national plans, policies and legislation, management actions and public education. In this article the authors discuss the importance and hidden value of wetlands as a resource in both climate mitigation and adaptation.


Wetlands – areas of land that meet water – are among the most productive and valuable ecosystems. They are fundamentally important for supporting sustainable development and combatting climate change. Between now and the end of the year, the world’s governments will meet to discuss the global agendas for both sustainable development and climate change. They would do well to remember the contribution that these critical ecosystems can make. Read More...

#ClimateIsWater - Value of Coastal Watersheds, Living Shorelines, and Blue Carbon

In the sixth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Stefanie Simpson, Blue Carbon Program Coordinator for Restore America's Estuaries ( This episode features Ms. Simpson discussing the value of coastal watersheds, living shorelines, and "blue carbon" in climate adaptation and mitigation. She also spends time discussing some of the problems facing coastal wetlands such as ocean acidification, habitat loss, and carbon emissions due to wetland degradation. Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking on the AGWA Blog and the #ClimateIsWater Vimeo Channel ( for future installments.