Comment on Davies et al., 'Towards a Universal declaration of the Rights of Wetlands'

Peter Bridgewater

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Promulgation of a Declaration of Rights for Wetlands to improve their conservation and management has superficial attraction. However, difficulties with defining what a wetland is and confusing human rights with ecosystem rights suggest there are more problems than opportunities inherent in such a Declaration. Involving Indigenous and local knowledge in the discussion without a clear vision for access to and use of that knowledge also has problems. A better solution to stemming the tide of wetland loss is to rethink the problem in terms of landscape stewardship and to use the existing governance and legislative systems, especially the Convention on Biological Diversity's Ecosystem Approach in tandem with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Iran, 1971), more effectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1397-1400
Number of pages4
JournalMarine and Freshwater Research
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


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