Agriculture – Drainage
Importance of wetlands:
Despite global and national recognition of the importance of Europe’s wetlands, they remain under serious threat from land use and pollution.
Many wetlands border on agricultural land, which is often drained to increase productivity.
Environmental signals 2000 European Environment Agency
Threats to wetlands come from a wide range of pressures, the most important to inland wetlands in Europe is being close to cultivated land (45%).
Waterbirds depend on wetlands and the loss of wintering areas seriously threaten their survival.