A compilation of most of the seminars presented during a symposium held in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The introduction treats not only the Netherlands as wetland in a larger landscape but also the various wetland types within the country itself. The subsequent case studies concern representative wetland types. Both introduction and case studies give an historical, hydrological, physicochemical and biotic characterization of the wetland concerned, as well as a description of management measures in the past and in the present; summarize the threats to the systems; and indicate prospects for the ecosystems, given the present environmental conditions and expectations for short- and long-term changes. In the introduction, special attention is paid to the border-crossing biotic elements, such as birds. These sections are followed by a summary of the ecology of the Netherlands' wetlands and indications for future ecological research. Finally, the environmental policy and its consequences for management on a national, regional and local scale are discussed.
'Overall, I feel that this book makes a useful contribution to wetlands science, by bringing together, in one volume, a good set of comparative information covering the full range of Dutch wetland ecosystems. ... and I recommend it to anyone working on wetland ecology.' Journal of Natural History, 1995, 29
Introduction: Netherlands Wetlands; W.J. Wolff. Case Studies. Coastal Systems: Nutrient cycling and foodwebs in Dutch estuaries; P.H. Nienhuis. The Dutch Wadden Sea: a changed ecosystem; V.N. de Jonge, K. Essink, R. Boddeke. Salt marshes along the coast of the Netherlands; J.P. Bakker, J. de Leeuw, K.S. Dijkema, P.C. Leendertse, H.H.T. Prins, J. Rozema. Large River Systems: The rivers Rhine and Meuse in the Netherlands: present state and signs of ecological recovery; W. Admiraal, G. van der Velde, H. Smit, W.G. Cazemier. Base-Rich Freshwater Systems: An ecosystems approach to base-rich freshwater wetlands, with special reference to fenlands: G. van Wirdum. Structure and function of fen lakes in relation to watertable management in the Netherlands; H. de Haan, L. van Liere, Sj.P. Klapwijk, B. van Donk. Wetlands of recent Dutch embankments; W. Joenje, B. Verhoeven. Nutrient-Poor Freshwater Systems: Nutrient-poor freshwater wetlands; L.W.G. Higler. The Bourtanger moor: endurance and vulnerability of a raised bog system; W.A. Casparie. Hydrological differences between bogs and bog-relicts and consequences for bog restoration; J.M. Schouwenaars. Ecology and management of moorland pools: balancing acidification and eutrophication; H. van Dam, R.F.M. Buskens. Stream valleys as wetlands; L.W.G. Higler, P.F.M. Verdonschot. Wet dune slacks: decline and new opportunities; H.W.J. van Dijk, A.P. Grootjans. Ecology, Conservation, Management, Research and Policy: The ecology of the Netherlands wetlands: characteristics, threats, prospects and perspectives for ecological research; E.P.H. Best, J.T.A. Verhoeven, W.J. Wolff. Wetlands policy of the Dutch government: failure or success?. F. Colijn, R. Uyterlinde, H.W. Kroes.
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