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                <a href="http://news.csu.edu.au/director/regionalnews.cfm?itemID=C73093D2C857722D02ED28702FDD8CCA" class="articleTitle">Plea for action for wetlands</a>
                
                
                
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                <span class="articleDate">08 Nov 2009 14:00</span>
                <p><img height="200" alt="Director of CSU's Institute for Land, Water and Society Professor Max Finlayson is one of the presenters at the conference, Wetlands and Waterbirds: Managing for Resilience in Leeton." hspace="10" src="http://news.csu.edu.au/uploads/images/Professor Max Finlayson.jpg" width="150" align="left" vspace="3" border="1"/>Globally, the rate of loss of freshwater wetlands exceeds that of any other ecosystem and predicted climate change will greatly exacerbate the trend in the future. According to Charles Sturt University (CSU) vertebrate ecologist Dr Iain Taylor, wetlands provide invaluable ecosystem services to humans throughout the world and are essential habitats for an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. &ldquo;Many species of water birds are in serious decline and the on-going drought in southeast Australia has caused a massive and probably irreversible decline in most of the larger water birds such as egrets, ibises and spoonbills,&rdquo; he said. Dr Taylor is the convener of the international conference, <i>Wetlands and Waterbirds: Managing for Resilience</i> in Leeton in the Riverina region of NSW from Monday 9 November. Also presenting at the conference is CSU wetland ecologist Professor Max Finlayson who said climate change will place many wetlands and species under further pressure from rising temperatures and changes to their water regimes as rainfall patterns change. &ldquo;If anything we should be constructing or restoring more wetlands, not degrading those that are left. They are valuable and have been under stress for far too long,&rdquo; said Professor Finlayson, Director of CSU&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.csu.edu.au/research/ilws/index.htm" target="_blank">Institute for Land, Water and Society</a>.</p>
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                                <td class="txt">: <a href="mailto:kroberts@csu.edu.au">Kate Roberts</a></td>
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