Over the past 40 years, freshwater species populations have declined by 81% – more than double the rates seen in species both on land and in the oceans.

Freshwater ecosystems are essential for human life, health and livelihoods – as they provide our water for drinking, food, industry and energy. In addition to their productive uses, freshwater bodies are also essential habitats for biodiversity: although freshwater makes up only 0.01 per cent of the world’s water it supports almost 6 per cent of all of its described species.

In this UN Environment article, you may learn more about the protection of these unique ecosystems.


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