Expertise in Wetlands Research and Management: The Need and Some Priorities for North-South Transfer

  • Patrick J. Dugan


For many years now wetlands conservation has been a high priority for a wide range of conservation groups in the more developed world. However, while in recent years the international attention of these same groups has focused upon the dramatic loss of the world’s tropical forests, remarkably little attention has been directed to the alarming rate of wetland loss in the developing world. Yet ironically it is there, and especially in the tropical regions where human societies depend most closely and most heavily on wetlands, that a rapid and substantial increase in the wetlands conservation effort is urgently required.


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© Donal D. Hook 1988

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