Wetlands contribute to biodiversity and offer important ecosystem services for individuals, communities and society. They form a habitat for many wetland species and recreational areas, for example, for bird-watchers and hunters.
Man-made and restored wetlands work as natural filters: they curb floods and stop nutrients and sediments in runoff waters from travelling further. A network of wetlands offers water birds the brood-rearing habitats they need. Restored rural wetlands are often also important for the landscape.