Policy Brief on Wetlands Conservation released
The National Institute of Ecology (NIE), India, recently concluded a one year capacity building project entitled “Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Relation to Global Change” funded by APN through its Capacity Development Programme (CAPaBLE). At a workshop held in New Delhi on 8 June, a policy brief, along with five biodiversity posters and a draft guideline for rapid assessment of wetland biodiversity, were formally released by Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Secretary of Department of Agricultural Research and Education.
Wetlands provide a variety of important ecosystem functions such as recharging groundwater supplies and trapping floodwaters in addition to facilitating nutrient cycling and the production of rice and fish as staple food but are getting degraded or lost in recent decades—due to rapid urbanisation and lack of attention given to them in the development plans.
The policy brief centres around the key message that conservation of wetlands with the objective of protecting their biodiversity, specific biophysical characteristics and obtaining optimum benefits (ecosystem goods and services) requires a major shift in policies related to land and water use. It also emphasises the need to assess and value in economic terms the ecosystem services from wetlands particularly addressing the benefits to the local community and their livelihoods.
Download a copy: PolicyBrief-Wetlands