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Wetlands play vital role in reducing impact of extreme events: UNESCO
On the occasion of World Wetlands Day (WWD), February 2, UNESCO stressed the need to highlight the vital role of healthy wetlands in reducing the impact of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities, and in helping to build resilience.
The theme for WWD-2017 "Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction" and UNESCO informs that as an important category of wetlands, mangrove forests grow along tropical coastlines and in salt water environments, which need to be conserve.

"Mangroves also serve as excellent buffer zones between open ocean and coastal lands, reducing the impacts of storms, and keeping coastal erosion under control. Mangrove forests were also shown to have reduced the impact of the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami. These rich ecosystems are threatened mostly by conversion into aquaculture (shrimp farms) and agriculture, urban and resort development and rising sea levels," stated UNESCO.

Several World Heritage sites have been inscribed by UNESCO as mangrove ecosystems such as Sundarbans National Park in India, and the neighbouring Sundarbans in Bangladesh together account for the largest area of protected mangroves in the world.

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