The world’s wetlands are key to the health of the planet, animals, plants and humans – and they are highly vulnerable to human activities and the effects of climate change. On World Wetlands Day, IHE Delft experts call for greater attention to wetland management based on evidence.
World Wetland Day, which falls on the anniversary of the 1971 adoption of the Convention on Wetlands, is recognized for the first time this year as a United Nations international day.
IHE Delft research on wetlands provide evidence that support smart and sustainable wetlands management, said Ken Irvine, IHE Delft Professor of Aquatic Ecosystems.
“Wetlands are a global resource under continuing decline. They are of vital importance for supporting livelihoods, storing carbon and a diverse and often threatened wildlife. To ensure that these crucial resources aren’t further lost, good management is needed,” he said. “Scientific evidence is essential to avoid scrambling in the dark for solutions.”
Recent IHE Delft contributions to the field include:
- The book Toward the Sustainable Use of African Wetlands, edited by John Simaika, Anne van Dam and Albert Chakona, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
- Contributions by Ken Irvine to a chapter on Vegetated wetlands: from ecology to conservation management in the book Fundamentals of Tropical Freshwater Wetlands: From Ecology to Conservation Management
- A journal article on sediment and nutrient retention in Rwandan wetlands by Abias Uwimana, based on research he did at IHE Delft for his PhD.
- A journal article on heavy metals in Zambian wetlands by PhD candidate Mulele Nabuyanda
- A PhD thesis on modelling of papyrus wetlands by Edwin Hes
- Work on a global model on regulating ecosystem services in wetlands as presented by Anne van Dam at a global conference focused on wetlands.