Wetlands: Freshwater

Authored by: Brij Gopal

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
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Freshwater wetlands are habitats with vegetation especially adapted to prolonged water saturation or shallow flooding of the soils. They occur in all climates, from sea level to more than 5000 m altitude. Wetlands are usually highly productive, support high biodiversity, and provide numerous direct and indirect benefits to humans, which include flood regulation, groundwater recharge, and water quality improvement. Wetlands are threatened by all kinds of human activities, especially those impacting upon their hydrology. All countries of the world are now making efforts to conserve them under the aegis of the Ramsar Convention.

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