Professor Max Finlayson is the director of the Institute for Land Water and Society at Charles Sturt University (Australia). He is a wetland ecologist who has been a technical adviser to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for over 25 years and has participated in global assessments, such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and those conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change. He has been working in environmental NGOs and science organizations and with the government, community-based organizations, and industry to investigate the causes of, and advise on management responses to, wetland ecosystem change, water pollution, mining and agricultural impacts, invasive species, and climate change. He strives to integrate social, economic and ecological knowledge across multiple scales to restore degraded ecosystems and foster regional sustainable development.

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Loss, Restoration and Multiple Values of Wetlands Where data exists, it has been shown that humans have destroyed 50-87% of the world’s original wetlands1, leaving about 12 million km2 of wetland area2. This alarming loss of wetlands was mostly caused by agricultural and urban development. Stakeholders involved in the conversion of wetlands …

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