Globally wetlands are declining. Facing pressures of conversion for agriculture, encroachment from informal settlements, poor landscape planning and piecemeal degradation, the services wetlands provide are being overlooked. The extent of the undervaluation of wetlands has been well illustrated by the TEEB for Water and Wetlands Report published this year.
This report has highlighted not only the value of wetlands, but how to assess it, and is a milestone for wise planning for wetland management.
Building on this initiative, UNESCO-IHE aquatic ecology group co-organised an important regional workshop on economic valuation for African wetlands, held in Kampala 25-27th November. In collaboration with Ramsar Centre for East Africa (RAMCEA), UNEP-TEEB Office, the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN) Netherlands Committee and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), the three day workshop in Kampala brought about 50 participants from 15 African countries to go through the steps for making an economic valuation of wetlands. Funding for the workshop was provided thanks to the generous support of the Government of Norway, DGIS Netherlands, the Nile Basin Capacity Building Network and Cap-Net.
We hope that the workshop will help the African wetland community make the most of their wetlands and the compelling economic case for their protection and maintenance in the interests of the multiple sectors that depend on them.
Further information can be found on the links below:
- Blog article written by Andrew Farmer
- News article on the role of valuation on policy and decision making for the wise use of wetlands