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Wetland Law and Policy: Overview

  • C. Max Finlayson
  • Royal C. Gardner
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Abstract

The term “wetland law and policy” refers to the legally related rules developed by governments that pertain to activities that affect wetlands. When used in a general sense, wetland law and policy encompasses a broad range of instruments, including “…legislation, such as statutes, acts, decrees, and ordinances; regulations and other rules promulgated by agencies that have the force of law; and policies, which depending on the jurisdiction may also have the force of the law or may merely provide principles or rules that guide a decision-making process.” It can also include judicial decisions that apply or interpret the legislation, regulations, and policies. Wetland law and policy may govern activities that have the potential to harm wetlands as well as activities that may benefit wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide.

Keywords

Wetland law Wetland policy Legislation Policies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Land, Water and SocietyCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  2. 2.UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water EducationDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Institute for Biodiversity Law and PolicyStetson University College of LawGulfportUSA

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