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From the Publisher'A general index concludes this very useful and practical manual devoted to tropical freshwater wetlands.'
International Review of Hydrobiology, 4:83 (1998)
Tropical Freshwater Wetlands deals with the sustainable management of some of the most valuable environmental assets available to developing countries, i.e. floodplains, marshes, swamps and shallow water bodies.
The main types of tropical freshwater wetlands are described, their value is highlighted, and human intervention and its impact on wetlands are reviewed. A general approach to, and guiding principles for the sustainable management of these particular ecosystems are then proposed. Finally, sources of expertise and further information are indicated.
The practical character of Tropical Freshwater Wetlands is enhanced by thirteen case studies in which seventeen specialists report on wetland management 'in the field', a literature list which includes some 900 entries, data on more than 150 experts, and a system of indexes facilitating access to information and know-how. Together, these features make Tropical Freshwater Wetlands the first publication of its kind.
Audience: An invaluable reference book and guide for all those who are interested in development or natural resources management planning at the subnational level.
Authors of Case Studies. List of Text Boxes. Foreword. Section 1: Introduction and Presentation. Section 2: Tropical Freshwater Wetlands: Definitions and Typology. Section 3: Functions and Values of Wetlands. Section 4: Interventions. Section 5: Detrimental Impacts of Interventions. Section 6: Sustainable Management: Guiding Principles and Practical Approaches. Appendix A: Case Studies. Appendix B: Information Sheets. Appendix C: Alternatives, and Prevention, Mitigation and Compensation Measures. Appendix D: Additional Texts and Tables. Appendix E: References and Bibliographical Sources. Appendix F: Index of Bibliographical Sources. Appendix G: Information and Expertise Sources. Appendix H: Index of Information and Expertise Sources. Appendix I: Abbreviations, Acronyms and Symbols. Appendix J: Copyrighted Texts and Illustrations. General Index.