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Working Wetlands: A New Approach to Balancing Agricultural Development with Environmental Protection

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Tharme, Rebecca; Finlayson, Max; McCartney, Matthew; Williams, Sandy; Jayawardena, Sharni
Date: 2006
Agency: International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Series: Water Policy Briefing, no. 21
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/4661
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
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Subject(s): wetlands
environmental policy
environmental protection
biodiversity
ecosystems
sustainability
agricultural development
Abstract: "The trade-off between environmental protection and development is most acute in dynamic and complex ecosystems such as wetlands. Wetlands 'work' for society. They maintain environmental quality, sustain livelihoods and support biodiversity. However, socio-economic pressures mean that we are now pushing wetlands to work even harder, for example, by producing more crops or grazing more cattle. History shows that 'over-working' wetlands can cause them to change significantly often with negative effects on the communities or even civilizations that depend on them."

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