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Wetlands: Ecosystem Services, Restoration and Wise Use

  • Shuqing An
  • Jos T. A.  Verhoeven


  • Offers approaches to efficiently manage and wisely use wetlands to promote their sustainable development.

  • Discusses both academic and practical aspects

  • Presents the highlights of the 10th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference


Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 238)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Wetland Functions and Ecosystem Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Magnus Land, Karin Tonderski, Jos T. A. Verhoeven
      Pages 13-37
    3. Petra Hesslerová, Jan Pokorný, Hanna Huryna, David Harper
      Pages 63-93
  3. Wetland Mechanisms, Threats, Conservation and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Thomas Williams, Devendra Amatya, William Conner, Sudhanshu Panda, Guangjun Xu, Jihai Dong et al.
      Pages 129-158
    3. Nial Moores, Lew Young, Spike Millington, Shaoxia Xia, Liu Yu, Xiubo Yu et al.
      Pages 159-184
  4. Ecological Restoration of Wetlands

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Shuqing An, Xuanbo Zhang, Siyuan Song, Hui Zhao, Nasreen Jeelani
      Pages 187-218
    3. Xiaoyan Zhu, Ming Jiang, Yuxiang Yuan, Jos T. A. Verhoeven
      Pages 219-254
    4. Kimberli J. Ponzio, Todd Z. Osborne, Gillian T. Davies, Ben LePage, Pallaoor V. Sundareshwar, S. J. Miller et al.
      Pages 255-309
    5. Jos T. A. Verhoeven, Shuqing An
      Pages 311-318
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 319-322

About this book


This volume explores major wetland ecosystem services, such as climate cooling and water quality improvement, and discusses the recent wetland conservation and restoration activities in China and neighboring countries. The role of wetlands in either cooling or warming the climate is analyzed as the net balance between carbon sequestration and emissions of methane and nitrous oxide. Wetlands start off having a net warming effect on the climate but in time switch to net cooling. Further, they remove 40% of the N and P from run-off and groundwater flow in agricultural areas, but wetlands need to amount to 10% of the total catchment area to make a difference.

Reflecting on the recent large investment in wetland ecological studies in China and neighboring countries, the book addresses invasive species in coastal wetlands as well as the protection and wise use of tidal flats around the Yellow Sea. It also presents promising regional case studies on wetland restoration. The book is intended for academics, students and practitioners in the field of wetland ecology, management and restoration, as well as consultants and professionals working in conservation, wise use and environmental policy. 



Wetland functions Wetland bioinvasions Wetland conservation Wetland restoration Ecosystem services Freshwater-tidal forested wetlands Wetland degradation Ecological restoration Wetland management Climate change

Editors and affiliations

  • Shuqing An
    • 1
  • Jos T. A.  Verhoeven
    • 2
  1. 1.Nanjing UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

About the editors

Shuqing An

Nanjing University

Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu, PR China


Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Changshu

Changshu 215500, Jiangsu, PR China;


Jos T.A. Verhoeven

Ecology and Biodiversity

Department of Biology

Utrecht University

Padualaan 8

3584 CH Utrecht, The Netherlands

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