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Title: The Niger Delta wetland ecosystem: What threatens it and why should we protect it?
Contributor(s): Okonkwo, Chidumeje (author); Kumar, Lalit  (author)orcid ; Taylor, Subhashni  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.5897/AJEST2014.1841
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Abstract: The Niger Delta wetland ecosystem is of high economic importance to the local dwellers and the nation in general. The region is rich in both aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity and serves as a main source of livelihood for rural dwellers as well as stabilizing the ecosystem. Tremendous changes have occurred recently in the Niger Delta wetlands due to anthropogenic activities, thus raising awareness on the need for effective monitoring, protection and conservation of the wetland ecosystem. A good knowledge of the services provided by wetland ecosystems is an important key for an effective ecosystem management. The aim of this paper therefore was to review the importance of wetland resources, their threats and the need to protect them. This review shows that the region is rich in biodiversity of high economic importance to national development, and has been under severe threat from human activities, especially pollution. It is recommended that effective monitoring be employed using modern techniques such as GIS and remote sensing in the conservation and management of this important ecosystem.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 9(5), p. 451-463
Publisher: Academic Journals
Place of Publication: Nigeria
ISSN: 1996-0786
Field of Research (FOR): 050205 Environmental Management
050206 Environmental Monitoring
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
960907 Forest and Woodlands Water Management
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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