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Some 35 % of the change in wetland areas between 2000 and 2006 was due to conversion to agriculture and 49 % to forest creation and afforestation.
Of the wetland area converted to other land uses between 1990 and 2000, 2 % were artificialised (e.g. urban areas), 7 % became agricultural, 12 % water bodies, and 79 % forest and semi-natural areas (EEA, 2009).
Some 97.5% of water on the Earth is salt water, leaving only 2.5% as fresh water. Of this over two thirds is frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps. The remaining unfrozen fresh water is found mainly as groundwater, with only a small fraction present in rivers, lakes or in the air. Water is a precious resource, use it responsibly and don’t waste it!
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