Tropical island wetland ecosystems are fragile habitats challenged with competing stakeholder interests: while they provide critical and unique social, economic and natural services, they are extremely vulnerable, especially to development and overexploitation, and as a result are often damaged or destroyed.

I am collaborating with my colleague Charles van Rees to explore themes of wetland loss, current and future risks to wetlands, existing wetland protections and an analysis of knowledge gaps in both the societal and natural domains for the world’s wetland-bearing tropical islands. Using the Water Diplomacy Framework as a guide to apply an interdisciplinary lens to our research questions, we plan to identify and discuss important topics- such as transboundary issues and water as a flexible resource- often overlooked in traditional ecological research.

We are reviewing 961 tropical islands across the globe