Wetlands Ecology and Management

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 397–401

Detecting, measuring and reversing changes to wetlands

  • M.J. O'Connell

DOI: 10.1023/B:WETL.0000007191.77103.53

Cite this article as:
O'Connell, M. Wetlands Ecology and Management (2003) 11: 397. doi:10.1023/B:WETL.0000007191.77103.53


Wetlands around the globe have beenaltered, degraded or lost through a widerange of human activities. A variety ofconservation action have been undertaken inresponse to these changes, and much of thiswork aims to ensure: (a) the wise andsustainable use of wetland resources, (b)the maintenance of ecological character atwetland sites, and (c) that there is`no-net-loss' of wetlands at local,national and international scales. Theseaims have a number of underlyingassumptions about information available tounderpin associated conservation action.This paper reviews a number of theseassumptions and the associated researchneeds.

conservationecological changeRamsarwetlands

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M.J. O'Connell
    • 1
  1. 1.Research DepartmentWildfowl & Wetlands Trust, SlimbridgeGLOSU.K.