This Earth Report explores the vital role that wetlands play in sustaining human life. The rivers, marshes and lakes of the world help us by purifying and storing fresh water. Two thirds of all fish catches depend on wetland areas – without them the world’s fisheries would collapse, causing unimaginable hardship for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Without wetland areas to absorb seasonal rains, flooding would occur in far greater severity, threatening lives and costing millions of dollars worth of damage. Still Waters highlights the true worth of our wetlands and explains why it is imperative that we protect them.