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A simple method for assessing the vulnerability of wetland ecosystem services

Stratford, Charlie J.; Acreman, Mike C.; Rees, H. Gwyn. 2011 A simple method for assessing the vulnerability of wetland ecosystem services. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 56 (8). 1485-1500. 10.1080/02626667.2011.630669

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Abstract/Summary

Wetlands can provide many ecosystem services, but throughout the world are exposed to a range of pressures. In some locations these are well documented and are being successfully addressed. However at other locations, lack of data, resources and methods are hindering thorough assessment. This is particularly the case in remote wetlands such as those in the Himalayan region. This paper presents a methodology developed and tested on three wetland sites in Nepal. The method gives a structure to data collection and analysis and leads the user through to producing a vulnerability assessment of wetlands. We found that in each case the method provided a prioritised table of values and threats and this helped to make the development of a site management plan straightforward. The action plan highlights data gaps and identifies priority areas for attention. The results from our assessment of Rupa Lake are also presented in this paper.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1080/02626667.2011.630669
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Water
CEH Sections: Acreman
ISSN: 0262-6667
Additional Keywords: wetland, vulnerability, Himalaya, high-altitude wetlands, ecosystem services
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Hydrology
Date made live: 20 Dec 2011 14:02
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/16177

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