Loss and degradation of Australian wetlands. Papers presented at LAW ASIA Conference: Environmental law issues in the Asia-Pacific region

2000

Internal Report 351
Finlayson CM
Supervising Scientist Division
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

About the report

Until recent times wetland loss and degradation in Australia was undertaken with little real thought for the values and benefits that such habitats provided. Thus, drainage and pollution occurred alongside degradation caused by invasive species and alteration of the water regime that supported wetlands. Whilst community-wide attitudes towards wetlands have changed we still do not have a comprehensive picture of the extent and condition of wetlands at a national scale. Nor have we succeeded in quantifying their values.