Policy considerations for managing wetlands under a changing climate

C. M. Finlayson*, S. J. Capon, D. Rissik, J. Pittock, G. Fisk, N. C. Davidson, K. A. Bodmin, P. Papas, H. A. Robertson, M. Schallenberg, N. Saintilan, K. Edyvane, G. Bino

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    Abstract

    Drawing on the experience and lessons of wetland researchers and managers in Australia and New Zealand, we examined the implications of climate change for wetland policy and management, and identified potential adaptation responses and the information needed to support these. First, we considered wetland vulnerability to climate change, focusing on wetland exposure and sensitivity. We then outlined the existing policy context for dealing with climate change, with an emphasis on the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. We then considered how the objectives and targets for wetland management can be set in the face of climate change, how management can be adapted to climate change given the uncertainties involved, and how we can monitor and evaluate wetland condition in the face of climate change. We concluded with a set of principles to guide adaptation of wetland conservation and management policy to climate change.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1803-1815
    Number of pages13
    JournalMarine and Freshwater Research
    Volume68
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    Keywords

    • adaptation
    • inland wetland ecosystems
    • Ramsar Convention
    • vulnerability

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