Urbanization | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Vanishing Urban Wetlands

 Wetlands comprise around 6.4 per cent of the earth’s surface and are found across different climatic zones. Many major urban centres are located near water based ecosystems—coastal, riverine or riparian. Hence wetlands are most critically threatened by the rapid expansion of cities. Cities are not self-sustaining; they are systems dependent on the natural environment. Vegetated tracts, urban wetlands, water bodies and riverine systems are crucial for the city. The productive capacities of wetlands cannot be determined by price or market...

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