Human activities are quickly degrading wetlands around the world. Take action to help preserve these valuable ecosystems.
Wetlands provide people with many services, such as food, water and water purification, climate regulation, flood regulation, coastal protection, and recreational opportunities. They also support a great diversity of plant and animal life. The East Kolkata Wetlands, located on the eastern fringes of the city of Kolkata, is a large wetland area spread over 12,500 hectares. It sustains one of the largest and perhaps oldest integrated resource recovery practices—a mix of agriculture and aquaculture that provides livelihoods to a large group of people.
In this multifunctional wetland ecosystem, fisheries, agricultural plots, and other industries are interwoven with undeveloped land that provides important habitat to plants and animals, including the endemic marsh mongoose. Help researchers find out how we can take a more holistic view of wetlands, one that incorporates the needs of humans and nature.