248 pages, 100 illus
Lakes and coastal wetlands are transitional areas between dry terrestrial and permanent aquatic ecosystems and are recognized as highly productive, playing a vital role in the global ecosystems. Their importance has been recognized in the maintenance of biodiversity, ecology, hydrology and recreation. However, rapid development and population growth in coastal areas as well as environmental degradation and over exploitation erode the biodiversity and undermine the productivity of these unique ecosystems.
Over 200 rivers and lakes in the world are shared by two or more countries, a testament of their international importance. Various efforts are currently underway to develop technologies and systems for successful management of lakes and coastal wetlands both at national and international levels. However, conflicting interests in the use of their resources have led to further worsening of the problems facing lakes and coastal wetlands. Therefore, an earnest attempt has been made in this book to find ways for restoration, conservation and management of lakes and coastal wetlands.
This book would be very useful to the AGU community, including students, as it offers a fresh perspective on lake and coastal environment issues that tend to be unique in many aspects due to differences in biophysical and socioeconomic settings. Solutions to problems related to these issues can therefore be novel and informative to those working on lakes in different settings. Eric Odada, EOS Newletter, 20 January 2009
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