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Rehabilitating Nature: A Comparative Review of Legal Mechanisms that Encourage Wetland Restoration Efforts


Royal C. Gardner


Stetson University College of Law

2003

Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 52, p. 573, 2003

Abstract:     
This article reviews the current legal mechanisms throughout the world that are designed to encourage wetland restoration activities. Part I examines international law that calls for wetland restoration. Part II explores non-regulatory programs that offer financial incentives for wetland restoration. In particular, direct payments to landowners and indirect payments through tax deductions and credits are noted. Part III explores domestic, non-cash incentives that are outside of traditional, permit-based regulatory programs. Such incentives include the generation of good will or favorable publicity for corporations (or their desire to avoid unfavorable publicity), governmental permission to conduct harvesting activities that would otherwise be limited or prohibited, and governmental assurances not to impose stricter land-use controls if the restoration project results in environmental improvements. Part IV reviews several domestic regulatory programs and indentifes incentives for wetland restoration, including mitigation banking.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: wetlands, wetland restoration, economic incentives, international law, Ramsar Convention, Wetlands Reserve Program, Clean Water Act, mitigation banking

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Date posted: May 7, 2008 ; Last revised: November 8, 2009

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Gardner, Royal C., Rehabilitating Nature: A Comparative Review of Legal Mechanisms that Encourage Wetland Restoration Efforts (2003). Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 52, p. 573, 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1129993

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Royal C. Gardner (Contact Author)
Stetson University College of Law ( email )
1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

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