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, Volume 43, Issue 8, pp 996–1005 | Cite as

Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Wetlands

  • Brian Blankespoor
  • Susmita Dasgupta
  • Benoit Laplante
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Abstract

This paper seeks to quantify the impact of a 1-m sea-level rise on coastal wetlands in 86 developing countries and territories. It is found that approximately 68 % of coastal wetlands in these countries are at risk. A large percentage of this estimated loss is found in Europe and Central Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific, as well as in the Middle East and North Africa. A small number of countries will be severely affected. China and Vietnam (in East Asia and the Pacific), Libya and Egypt (in the Middle East and North Africa), and Romania and Ukraine (in Europe and Central Asia) will bear most losses. In economic terms, the loss of coastal wetlands is likely to exceed $703 million per year in 2000 US dollars.

Keywords

Wetlands Valuation Climate change Sea-level rise GIS 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We would like to extend our special thanks to Ms. Polly Means for her help with the composition of graphics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Blankespoor
    • 1
  • Susmita Dasgupta
    • 1
  • Benoit Laplante
    • 2
  1. 1.Development Research GroupWorld BankWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.SookeCanada

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