Wetlands International is undertaking a Quick Scan on Biofuels and Wetlands aimed at collecting current data on how the new policies on production and utilization of biofuels affect the worldwide wetlands.
Focus areas are SE Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and USA.
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The first review of available data from the United States reveals that there is information on the effect of biofuel production on biodiversity and landscape values in general, but there is significantly less information about the direct and indirect effect on wetlands in particular.
Hence I am trying to gather more information with help of this mailing list. Does anybody know concrete cases or studies (on any scale) regarding the current and expected impacts (positive and negative) of increased biofuel production in the USA on wetlands? In particular we are looking for impacts/effects on - Water quality and availability for ecological flows and economic
- Soil (physical, chemical and biological conditions)
- Conservation values (biodiversity, natural ecosystems, and high
conservation value areas)
- Greenhouse gas emissions related to the loss of organic material in
- How do impacts mentioned above affect livelihoods, including rural and
social development and food security?
Thank you in advance for any contribution.
Results of the Quick Scan study are expected towards the end of this year, and will be made available on Wetlands International's web site.