This chapter provides a synopsis of the international, regional and domestic laws and strategies which relate to wetland conservation in the Pacific. Pacific Island Countries are home to a wide variety of inland and coastal wetlands, including lakes, rivers, mangroves, tidal flats, seagrasses, saltmarshes, and swamps. As this chapter highlights, there is currently limited awareness and scientific support for wetlands in the Pacific, especially in terms of planning instruments but also with regards to technical expertise. This is concerning, as wetlands provide a critical habitat for many freshwater organisms and bird species, as well as considerable benefits for humans in the form of flood control, water purification, and water supply. In this chapter, the authors illuminate the threats and pressures faced by Pacific Island wetlands and discuss some of the legal and policy mechanisms which may be needed to reduce the risks.
|Title of host publication
|Environmental Law and Governance in the Pacific
|Subtitle of host publication
|Climate Change, Biodiversity and Communities
|Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Evan Hamman
|Number of pages
|Published - 27 Aug 2020