Wetland ecological character and wise use: Towards a new framing

Ritesh Kumar, Robert McInnes, Max Finlayson, Nick Davidson, David Rissik, Swapan Paul, Lijuan Cui, Yinru Lei, Samantha Capon, Siobhan Fennessy

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    Ecological character and wise use are central tenets underpinning the Ramsar Convention’s global wetland ambitions. In this paper, we postulate that, given on-going and progressive degradation and destruction of wetlands, these concepts require reframing. So as to overcome the human–nature dualism, which underpins current wetland conservation, we propose that wetlands need to be placed within a social–ecological framing that can accommodate a plurality of worldviews and value systems. This reframing broadens the definition of wetland ecological character and replaces it with a more inclusive and comprehensive term ‘wetland character’. Wise use, consequently, becomes maintenance of wetland character. Further considerations on maintaining wetland character under this construct are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)633-637
    Number of pages5
    JournalMarine and Freshwater Research
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2020


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