Professor Royal Gardner talks value of world’s wetlands in AP article

By Matthew Brown and James Brooks
Nov. 5, 2019


Professor Royal Gardner
Professor Royal Gardner

Climate change also threatens to worsen the problem. Warmer temperatures and changing rainfall patterns can trigger drought, leading to more pumping of water reserves that otherwise would feed surface wetlands, scientists say.

Wetlands in northern China, the central U.S., northern Africa, India and the Middle East already have been depleted by the pumping of underground aquifers for agriculture.

“We now know the value of wetlands, and we know with increasing precision how many wetlands we’re losing. The next step is for the governments to act,” says Royal Gardner, director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University in Florida.

The complete article was originally published on the Associated Press website on Nov. 5, 2019, with the headline, “Bringing the world’s buried wetlands back from the dead.”