Wetlands

After commencing with a summary of the current status, importance and productivity of natural wetlands, the chapter reviews the contribution of wetland ecological functions to sustaining vital ecosystem services. Wetlands are vulnerable to a range of anthropogenic pressures, notably land use change, disruption to regional hydrological regimes as a result of abstraction and impoundment, pollution and excessive nutrient loading, the introduction of invasive species and overexploitation of biomass, plants and animals.


Citation:

Finlayson, M., Bunting, S.W., Beveridge, M., Tharme, R.E., Nguyen-Khoa, S. (2013)
p. 82-103. In: Boelee, E. (ed.) Managing water and agroecosystems for food security. CABI
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