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Multifunctional Wetlands

Pollution Abatement and Other Ecological Services from Natural and Constructed Wetlands

  • Nidhi Nagabhatla
  • Christopher D. Metcalfe


  • The chapters in the book collectively provide a comprehensive synthesis of both the opportunities and the challenges associated with using natural and constructed wetlands for pollution abatement, while preserving the other ecological functions of these complex ecosystems

  • The geographic and thematic scope of the book covers coastal mangrove forests in tropical ecosystems to tundra wetlands in the Canadian arctic, and the various book chapters describe the multi-functional dimensions of both natural and constructed wetlands in urban, rural and remote regions of the world

  • This book illustrates the multi-functionality of wetland ecosystems for flood control, disaster risk reduction, habitat restoration, biodiversity conservation and recreation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Chris D. Metcalfe, Nidhi Nagabhatla, Shona K. Fitzgerald
    Pages 1-14
  3. Rachael G. Hunter, John W. Day, Robert R. Lane, Gary P. Shaffer, Jason N. Day, William H. Conner et al.
    Pages 15-81
  4. Gordon Balch, Jennifer Hayward, Rob Jamieson, Brent Wootton, Colin N. Yates
    Pages 83-120
  5. Rachel J. Strickman, Carl P. J. Mitchell
    Pages 207-240
  6. Kenneth Yongabi, Nidhi Nagabhatla, Paula Cecilia Soto Rios
    Pages 253-273
  7. Kakoli Banerjee, Shankhadeep Chakraborty, Rakesh Paul, Abhijit Mitra
    Pages 275-300
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 301-308

About this book


This book describes how natural or constructed wetlands can be used to reduce pollution of freshwater and coastal ecosystems, while still preserving their biodiversity and ecological functions. Through a series of case histories described in 10 chapters in the monograph, the readers will gain an understanding of the opportunities, as well as the challenges associated with reducing point and non-point source pollution using natural, restored or constructed wetlands.  The target audience will be water practitioners involved in projects utilizing integrated watershed management approaches to pollution abatement, as well as researchers who are designing projects focused on this topic.


non-point source pollution wetland degradation wetland systems natural resource management water quality

Editors and affiliations

  • Nidhi Nagabhatla
    • 1
  • Christopher D. Metcalfe
    • 2
  1. 1.United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and HealthHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and HealthHamiltonCanada

About the editors

Nidhi Nagabhatla is a Programme Officer with the UN University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health.  She is a natural systems science specialist and a geospatial analyst and she has led, coordinated and implemented transdisciplinary projects and worked with multi-disciplinary research teams in various geographical regions and in varied thematic domains related to water and ecosystems, particularly in Asia, South Africa and West European regions. She has worked for more than 15 years with multiple international organizations (IWMI, World Fish Centre and IUCN), leading research and capacity development initiatives related to the themes of water and wetlands.

Chris Metcalfe is a Professor in the School of the Environment at Trent University in Canada and he is also a Senior Research Fellow with the UN University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health.  At Trent University, he is the Director of the Institute for Watershed Science, which coord
inates research and capacity building projects involving both academic and government researchers. His area of expertise is the environmental fate and toxic effects of contaminants in the environment, including research on the removal of contaminants in constructed and natural wetland systems.

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