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Ecosystem services and conservation of tropical wetlands

Short title: Ecosystem services of tropical wetlands

Chairs: Pia Parolin, Florian Wittmann

Contact: piaparolin@gmx.de

Wetlands are very important yet highly threatened. Their ecosystem services are of local and global importance. Most wetlands are subjected to increasing human pressure, e.g. by water abstraction, changes in the natural flood regime, land reclamation, pollution, and over-utilization of natural resources. The objective of the symposium is to present a state of knowledge about tropical freshwater wetlands: their status, new findings about ecosystem services, threats and solutions. Which are the important questions to ask in order to understand, sustainably use and preserve tropical wetlands? Which are the main challenges to address given the actual status of wetlands and threats like climatic changes and anthropogenic impacts?

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