As humanity looks to nature for answers to climate and development woes, wetlands are often heralded as a green panacea. What is needed is not uncritical adulation, but much greater scientific understanding.
The Ramsar certified wetlands of Colombo – the complex system of lungs that helps the city ward off climate change stresses - are under grave threat, due to unmanaged growing problem of rubbish disposal.
Irrigation infrastructure is fast expanding Myanmar in order to boost the production of rice. But this is harming river health and inland fisheries due to lack of proper planning, according to new research, which is calling for a more integrated approach to support both fisheries and rice farming.
Farmers perspective points reveal social, economic and political decisions play an equally important role, next to investment in infrastructure, and that intangible benefits for human wellbeing is a missing ingredient in the sustainable development agenda.
Climate related disasters are increasing at an alarming rate and adversely affecting human vulnerability and food security worldwide. But utilizing technology andlocal-level adaptation plans, backed by investment, partnerships and fortitude, are critical for readiness and mitigation.
The inherent social dimension must be considered during the design and implementation of ecosystem restoration schemes, particularly in terms of the interaction between formal and informal institutions, to get better and more equitable outcomes from those schemes.