What someone values in a wetland will be influenced by their own perspective or interest. When considering wetland values it is important to identify who benefits from what values.
The importance of a wetland depends on the type, its values and the criteria on which it is assessed. Quite often the terms ‘values’, ‘ecosystem services’ and ‘benefits’ are used interchangeably, see the Assessing wetland values and services page for further information.
Wetlands provide many services which are valued by humans but not all wetlands provide the same values or services, e.g. one wetland may be primarily valued for its natural features while other wetlands might be considered more important for their productivity or tourism values. There are a range of factors that influence what values and services a wetland provides including its location, size, type and condition. Most wetlands have multiple values and managing wetlands effectively involves balancing these values to achieve the best outcomes economically, socially and environmentally.In general, wetlands are highly productive and valuable aquatic ecosystems because they:
To learn more about what is special about our wetlands visit the What are wetlands page.
Wetland on-line education modules
A series of on-line education modules, including Why are wetlands important?, has been prepared as a resource for people who want to learn more about wetlands.
Users can download and use the contents of this education module to meet their learning and training needs. This information should be used in conjunction with information found on this website.
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Last updated: 4 July 2017
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Wetland values, WetlandInfo 2016, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 14 December 2018, .