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Regional Wetlands action plans for the Pacific Islands 2011-2013


Ellison, JC, Regional Wetlands action plans for the Pacific Islands 2011-2013, School of Geography & Environmental Studies Conference 2011, 28-29 June 2011, Hobart, pp. x-x. (2011) [Conference Extract]


The Pacific Islands region covers 38.5 million km2, but suppports less thean 0.6 million km2 of land. These islands of the 21 countries and territories harbour a diverse range of tropical freshwater, coastal and marine wetlands. The diversity of species in each of thse groups is at a near global maxima at the west of the region, and decline towards the east with increasing isolation, and decreasing island size and age. Wetland community structure is unique in each country, and many have endemic species with the habitat isolation that epitomises this island region. The region has recently formally endorsed a Regional Wetlands Action Plan, based upon identification of threats and needs, and thereby resolving key actions that will improve wetland knowledge, management and international co-operation. These actions highlight the ways in which tertiary institutes such as UTAS can help build scientific understanding and capacity in some of these least wealthy countries in the world, to help better manage their unique wetlands.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Pacific Island wetlands
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Management
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
UTAS Author:Ellison, JC (Associate Professor Joanna Ellison)
ID Code:70690
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2011-07-01
Last Modified:2011-07-04

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