For thousands of years people have cultivated bogs and marshes, and drained lakes to create land for crop production. During the last century in particular increases in population and industrialisation have resulted in major losses of the world’s wetlands.
Marshes, deltas, swamps, lakes and shallow saltwater areas are among the most species-rich habitats we have. If the wetlands disappear we also lose the plants and animals that live only in these habitats. Wetlands are also important as water reservoirs.
About half of the world’s natural wetlands have been partly or entirely destroyed since the start of the industrial revolution in about 1850. Norway and Jæren are no exception to this sad statistic. Urbanisation and effi cient farming practices have resulted in several of the most productive wetlands becoming threatened with extinction….
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