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Social Awareness of Temporary Wetlands: A Southern Hemisphere Perspective on the Past, Present and Future


Brock, MA, Social Awareness of Temporary Wetlands: A Southern Hemisphere Perspective on the Past, Present and Future, International Conference on Mediterranean Temporary Ponds - Proceedings and Abstracts, 5-8 May 2009, Menorca, pp. 365-377. (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Social awareness of temporary wetlands continues to change as human needs for wetland resources change. Attitudes toward temporary wetlands differ between continents and nations and within societies, and are driven by the universally valuable commodity, water. Although international agreements (e.g. Ramsar Convention) encourage awareness, conservation and management of all types of wetlands to maintain their values in conjunction with human use, many temporary wetlands have been neglected, altered or lost before their values could be recognized and protected. In this paper, I set the framework for the conference discussions on social awareness of Mediterranean Temporary Wetlands. I give a southern-hemisphere perspective on changes over time in social attitudes to a broader range of temporary wetlands in landscapes and climates where rainfall is often unpredictable and the timing, duration, frequency and extent of flooding of temporary wetlands highly variable

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:human awareness; human activities; water regime alteration; Australian temporary wetlands; wetland loss; wetland resources
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Freshwater ecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Brock, MA (Dr Margaret Brock)
ID Code:58560
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2009-10-14
Last Modified:2010-04-23
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