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Sustaining the World's Wetlands: Setting Policy and Resolving Conflicts

By: RC Smardon

326 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Jul 2009 | #167143 | ISBN-13: 9780387494289
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Written both as a textbook and as a professional reference book, "Sustaining the World's Wetlands: Setting Policy and Resolving Conflicts" contains detailed case studies of wetland management worldwide.

Examinations of international wetland policy in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America generate a discussion of the differences between wetland management issues in developed and developing countries, and culminate in suggested strategies for the future of wetland management. Key themes addressed in the case studies include the tradeoffs between sustainable use of wetlands for food, fuel, and fiber vs. the protection of ecosystem diversity and stability, and the respective roles of big international NGO's, national and regional government, and local community-based organizations when faced with wetland management issues.

With its global scope and its emphasis on policy and management analysis, "Sustaining the World's Wetlands" is a unique and valuable tool both for students and for practitioners.

From the reviews: "This ten-chapter book focuses on establishing policies and resolving issues related to sensitive wetland ecosystems. ! Each chapter contains a comprehensive reference list, an index for all chapters completes the book. This work is suitable for those with a background in ecology, botany, soil ecology, and environmental law, land managers involved with restoration, regulation, and policy, and educators. It will also be useful for students to help them understand the complexities of natural resource policy making. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (S. G. Shetron, Choice, Vol. 47 (5), January, 2010)


International Wetland Policy and Management Issues.- Wadden Sea Wetlands Management: Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.- Axios River Delta Wetlands, Thessaloniki, Greece.- The Kafue Flats of Zambia: Reverie Ecosystems vs. Hydro Development.- East Calcutta Lagoon System for Water Treatment.- Tram Trim Nature Reserve in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam.- Great Lakes Wetlands: Bi-national Management.- Rio Lagartos and Celestun Estuaries of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.- The Mankote Mangrove in St. Vincent.- Management Plans Issues, Conflicts and Innovations.- Worldwide Wetland Policy Action Agenda.

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Richard C. Smardon is professor of Environmental Studies at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. He has held titles there as Chair of the Faculty and Director of the Graduate Program, and is also the former director of the Randolph G. Pack Environmental Institute.

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