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The Swedish Species Gateway will be used for evaluating effects of wetland restorations

Published: 13 November 2014

By using the large amounts of voluntarily reported citizen science data from the Swedish Species Gateway Tomas Pärt at the department of Ecology and his colleagues will for the first time be able to fully evaluate effects of performed wetland restorations and creations. The researchers will develop new general tools to extract reliable population data from the Swedish Species Gateway.

Wetlands are among the most productive and ecologically valuable ecosystems in the world. To mitigate the dramatic loss of wetlands and its ecosystem services huge amounts of resources has been put on restoring and creating wetlands in Sweden. Half of the 16 environmental quality objectives set by the Swedish parliament are related to wetlands; the major goals being to increase biodiversity, water quality and retention of nutrients leaking from agriculture. Still, we do not know whether the goals are reached and whether different goals may be in conflict.

By using the large amounts of voluntarily reported citizen science data from the Swedish Species Gateway the researchers will for the first time be able to fully evaluate effects of performed wetland restorations and creations.


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