Wetlands of the World

  • G. Randy Milton
  • R. Crawford Prentice
  • C. Max Finlayson
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Abstract

The Wetland Book is a first “port-of-call” reference work on the description, distribution and conservation issues for wetlands globally. The contributions in the work summarize key concepts, orient the reader to major issues, and aid in further research on issues by multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams. Here we introduce the book which includes articles broadly covering Ramsar defined inland and coastal wetlands structured in sections on diversity of wetland types, natural and anthropogenic drivers of wetland change, and regional compilations of individual or wetland complexes. Overview articles typically describe the diversity within the wetland type, its distribution, extent, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and threats and future challenges. Regional contributions adhere to a general format describing the basic ecology of the system; uniqueness; distribution; biodiversity and species adaptations; ecosystem services with an emphasis on importance to dependent peoples where appropriate; conservation status and management; and threats and future challenges. A general conclusion that can be drawn from all articles is that wetlands are still under significant threat to loss and degradation from human impacts including climate change and concerted action is required among all levels of society in the management and conservation of these dynamic ecosystems.

Keywords

Wetland diversity Anthropogenic effects Natural effects Drivers of change Ramsar Management Multidisciplinary Transdisciplinary 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Randy Milton
    • 1
  • R. Crawford Prentice
    • 2
  • C. Max Finlayson
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Nova Scotia Department of Natural ResourcesKentvilleCanada
  2. 2.Nature Management ServicesHiston, CambridgeUK
  3. 3.Institute for Land, Water and SocietyCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  4. 4.UNESCO-IHE, The Institute for Water EducationDelftThe Netherlands

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