Wetlands are a part of a larger watershed context. A watershed is an area of land where all of the water is somehow connected to each other (above ground or underground) in a water system made up of a tributary of headwater streams, different kinds of wetlands, lakes or ponds (or both), rivers, creeks and/or major streams, flowing into another water body, possibly a large lake, large river, or ocean. Often when wetland managers talk about protecting wetlands, they are also considering the watershed (streams, lakes, ponds, other waters, ocean) that are part of the bigger picture. On this webpage, there are resources and publications related to watersheds.
It is like water seeping – into the most unexpected places, rising, falling, rising, filling the basins of the human heart.– Terry Tempest Williams
Common Questions: Establishing Local Government Wetlands and Watershed Management Programs
by Jon Kusler, Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc. (6/26/06) This guide is based upon several more detailed reports available from ASWM including Wetlands and Watershed Management, A Guidebook for Local Governments and Wetlands and Watershed Management: A Collection of Papers. To download guide in PDF, click here.
Multi-Objective Wetland Restoration in Watershed Contexts
by Jon Kusler, Ph.D., Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc. (11/1/04)This report focuses on multi-objective wetland restoration projects. Fifteen case study profiles are included.To view report in PDF, click here.
Publications & Resources
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The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network is one of the premier sources of information about coastal and marine planning and management tools in the United States and internationally. Coastal and marine planning and management tools help practitioners incorporate scientific and socioeconomic information into decision making. The mission of the Network is to promote healthy coastal and marine ecosystems and communities through the use of tools that help incorporate ecosystem considerations into management. The Network works to connect coastal and marine practitioners with appropriate tools through a wide variety of outreach and training activities. The EBM Tools Network is currently focusing on tools for 1) Climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning; 2) Ecosystem-based coastal and marine spatial planning; and 3) Integrated land-sea planning to minimize the impacts of land use on coastal and marine environments. Visit the EBM Tools Network here.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 17:26
UNEP – 2012
This report on the Study of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Water and Wetlands was commissioned by the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention and prepared by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) team. The “nexus” between water, food and energy has been recognised as one of the most fundamental relationships and challenges for society. The importance of this nexus was re-emphasised at the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012. Wetlands2 are a fundamental part of local and global water cycles and are at the heart of this nexus. Wetlands are essential in providing water-related ecosystem services, such as clean water for drinking, water for agriculture, cooling water for the energy sector and regulating water quantity (e.g. flood regulation). In conjunction with their role in erosion control and sediment transport, wetlands also contribute to land formation and therefore resilience to storms. Moreover, they provide a wide range of services that are dependent on water, such as agricultural production, fisheries and tourism. Notwithstanding the high value of the ecosystem services that wetlands provide to humankind, wetlands continue to be degraded or lost due to the effects of intensive agricultural production, irrigation for food provision, water extraction for domestic and industrial use, urbanisation, infrastructure and industrial development and pollution. To download report, click here.