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A wetland is an area of land on which water covers the soil, or is near the surface of the soil, at all times of the year or at various periods during the year. There are several ways in which to categorise wetlands, for example:
In the UK wetlands are covered by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) as a result of the UK Biodiversity Partnership which aims to protect threatened habitats and species and co-ordinate action that should be taken forward at a UK level.
Further information on and links to organisations and projects that focus on wetlands can be found on the Foundation for Water Research website.
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