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Assessment of Policies and Legislation that Affect Management of Wetlands in Nigeria

Adekola, Olalekan and Whanda, Shittu and Ogwu, Friday (2012) Assessment of Policies and Legislation that Affect Management of Wetlands in Nigeria. Wetlands, 32 (4). pp. 665-677.

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Abstract

The beneficial ecosystem services provided by
wetlands in Nigeria are continuously subjected to considerable stress that has consequences for human wellbeing. An understanding of the policies and legislation governing wetland can help enhance their management. Therefore, this paper reviews existing policies and legislation that affect management of wetlands in Nigeria. It draws upon the contents of the laws and policy documents acquired from government and non-governmental organizations. The paper assesses the level of attention given to wetlands and identifies some informal measures, together with 35 federal legislative acts, six international conventions, and voluntary
measures relevant to wetlands management. Results indicate that the existing legislation gives little attention to wetland management. This led the authors to conclude that the reason for wetland degradation is not the lack of laws or policy documents, but weak enforcement of existing ones. In this light, the paper calls for an integration of wetland management strategies and a strict enforcement of existing laws whilst stressing that effort should target a comprehensive
national wetland policy of a holistic approach.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1007/s13157-012-0299-3
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2843

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