Zoe Ford

Postgraduate Research Student

Key processes for effective governance and conservation management of internationally significant wetlands.

The worlds freshwater ecosystems support a disproportionately large share of both global biodiversity and ecosystem services, and their associated biodiversity and water crises are a top global risk to human well-being. The widespread degradation of these ecosystems presents a challenge for both international and local governance and management of these often highly uncertain and complex, socio-ecological systems. Effective management, that integrates both social and ecological dimensions, is required to achieve conservation objectives for a diverse range of freshwater ecosystems. Sustained interdisciplinary efforts can have valuable contributions to how different responses strategies to these crises can vary among ecological and social circumstances and can provide sound science and practical advice to help tailor planning and decision making to local contexts. My project seeks to investigate if certain elements of governance, management and socio-ecological context can enable or constrain key processes required for effective conservation of the globes diverse and complex freshwater ecosystems, using a mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) approach.



Level 5 East Biological Sciences South (E26) UNSW, Kensington 2052