Global Wetland Outlook: State of the World’s Wetlands and Their Services to People

Ramsar Convention Secretariat, 2018

Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2020-5

89 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2020 Last revised: 23 Oct 2020

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Royal C. Gardner

Stetson University - Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy

C. Finlayson

Charles Sturt University

Date Written: October 5, 2018

Abstract

Conservation and wise use of wetlands are vital for human livelihoods. The wide range of ecosystem services wetlands provide means that they lie at the heart of sustainable development. Yet policy and decision-makers often underestimate the value of their benefits to nature and humankind. Understanding these values and what is happening to wetlands is critical to ensuring their conservation and wise use.

The Global Wetland Outlook, the flagship publication of the Ramsar Convention, provides a current overview of wetlands: their extent, trends, drivers of change and the responses needed to reverse the historical decline in wetland area and quality.

Keywords: Wetlands, Ramsar Convention, Sustainable Development, Wise Use

JEL Classification: K32, K33, N50, O13, O19, Q25, Q28, R14

Suggested Citation

Gardner, Royal C. and Finlayson, C., Global Wetland Outlook: State of the World’s Wetlands and Their Services to People (October 5, 2018). Ramsar Convention Secretariat, 2018, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2020-5, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3261606

Royal C. Gardner (Contact Author)

Stetson University - Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707-3299
United States

C. Finlayson

Charles Sturt University ( email )

NSW
Australia

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