Reframing the human-wetlands relationship through a universal declaration of the rights of wetlands

C. M. Finlayson, G. T. Davies, D. E. Pritchard, N. C. Davidson, M. S. Fennessy, M. Simpson, W. R. Moomaw

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Abstract

The proposed Universal Declaration of the Rights of Wetlands is consistent with the principles of the rights of Nature, and reframes the human-wetlands paradigm away from one of degradation and loss to one of ecological sustainability that supports the Web of Life and continued delivery of Nature's contributions to people. Given the significance of the role of wetlands in reversing climate destabilisation and biodiversity degradation and loss, the paradigm shift engendered by a Declaration opens new possibilities to align wetlands, climate, and biodiversity policy, consistent with theIntergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2021)proposals, to guide effective governmental and non-governmental mechanisms. Widening the acceptance of the concepts presented in the Declaration is part of a process to reframe human-wetlands relationships, and is ongoing and iterative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1278-1282
Number of pages5
JournalMarine and Freshwater Research
Volume73
Issue number10
Early online date21 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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