Celebrating 25 Years of World Wetlands Day
Smardon, Richard (editor)
The purpose of this Special Issue is to celebrate 25 years of “World Wetlands Day”. There is no other ecosystem that has its very own Ramsar Convention or such a challenge impacting ecosystem sustainability. Papers for this Special Issue provide an overview of wetland status and function within different regions of the world. The papers in this Special Issue of Land consist of three review papers, ten research articles and one perspective paper. Edward Maltby’s review paper provides us with an overview of the paradigm shift of how we value and assess wetlands over time. Ballut-Dajud et al. provide us with a worldwide perspective on factors affecting wetland loss. Finally, Jan Vymazal provides us with a historical overview of the development of water quality treatment wetlands in Europe and North America. The research papers can be grouped into four groups: 1) use of remote sensing to analyze stability and dynamic factors affecting wetlands; 2) factors affecting the wetlands’ ability to store carbon; 3) assessment of wetlands effect on water quality; and 4) understanding historical use and value of wetlands, farmer’s attitudes about wetland management, and how we can value wetland ecosystem services. Finally, Bryzek et al. remind us that, as wetland researchers and managers, we should minimize damage to wetlands even through field monitoring work.
Keywordscyanobacteria; phosphorus; restoration ecology; water quality; wetland; wetland soil; microbial respiration; CO2 efflux; Everglades; enzyme activity; grazing; created wetlands; freshwater marshes; carbon cycling; wetlands ecosystems; moral norms; self-identity; theory of planned behavior; sustainability; Poyang Lake; ecosystem service value; lakeshore zone; Landsat; remote sensing; spatial–temporal changes; human activities; ghost forest; forested wetland; aboveground biomass; soil carbon; carbon dating; constructed wetlands; macrophytes; pollution; wastewater; wetlands; colonization; nature-culture relationship; perceptual typology; coastal wetlands; tidal flat reclamation; stability; impact; Jiangsu coastal area; anthropogenic activities; climate change; terrestrial ecosystems; environmental impacts; greenhouse gases; cleaning; efficacy; ethics; researcher impacts; wetland decontamination; wetland management history; Ramsar convention; wise use; wetland assessment methods; wetland valuation; wetlands paradigm shift; ecosystem approach; wholescapes; sustainable development; World Charter for wetlands
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Publication date and placeBasel, 2022
Research & information: general