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, Volume 118, Issue 1–2, pp 3–16 | Cite as

Classification and inventory of wetlands: A global overview

  • D. A. Scott
  • T. A. Jones
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Abstract

Classification of wetlands is extremely problematical, definition of the term wetland being a difficult and controversial starting point. Although considerable effort has gone into the development of national and regional wetland classifications, the only attempt at establishing a global system has been under the auspices of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. In view of the fact that the Ramsar Convention has 70 Contracting Parties world-wide, it is suggested that the Convention's definition and classification system should be adopted generally for international purposes. Much of the world has been covered by preliminary wetland inventories, but there is an urgent need to extend coverage to those areas not yet included. It is essential that all inventory projects give adequate attention to meeting the real information needs of agencies and individuals which have an impact on the conservation and wise use of wetlands. Attention should also be given to providing for wide dissemination and regular updating of information and establishment of procedures for monitoring ecological change at the sites identified.

Key words

Ramsar Convention Wetland classification Wetland inventory 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. A. Scott
    • 1
  • T. A. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research BureauSlimbridgeUK

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