Together with its companion volume Wetlands and Natural Resource Management, this volume gives a broad and well-integrated overview of recent major scientific results in wetland science and their applications in natural resource management issues.
After an introduction into the field, 12 chapters contributed by internationally known experts summarize the state of the art on a particular subject. They are divided into the following three sections:
*Functioning of Plants and Animals in Wetlands
*Conservation and Management of Wetlands
*Wetland Restoration and Creation
The volume is of interest to wetland scientists, natural resource managers, as well as policy makers.
Introduction: Wetland Functioning in Relation to Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration.- Plant Survival in Wet Environments: Resilience and Escape Mediated by Shoot Systems.- Center Stage: The Crucial Role of Macrophytes in Regulating Trophic Interactions in Shallow Lake Wetlands.- Biological Invasions: Concepts to Understand and Predict a Global Threat.- Wetland Conservation and Management: Questions for Science and Society in Applying the Ecosystem Approach.- Wetlands in the Tidal Freshwater Zone.- Biodiversity in European Shallow Lakes: a Multilevel-Multifactorial Field Study.- River Basin Management to Conserve Wetlands and Water Resources.- Aspects of Adaptive Management of Coastal Wetlands.- Contrasting Approaches to the Restoration of Diverse Vegetation in Herbaceous Wetlands.- Fen Management and Research Perspectives.- Social Learning in Wetland Development.- Eco-Hydrological Functioning of the Biebrza Wetlands: Lessons for the Conservation and Restoration of Deteriorated Wetlands
From the reviews: "The comprehensive book represents a successful mixture of contributions valuable for scientists as well as for decision makers dealing with wetland conservation and restoration. ! the book is qualified for both, readers interested in getting a general survey of a specific topic and experts interested in picking up new detailed information. ! All in all I recommend this book particularly because ! chapters are reviews containing a lot of valuable information. The price is adequate." (Joachim Schrautzer, Phytocoenologia, Vol. 38 (1-2), August, 2008)