This technical document seeks to quantify how a 1-meter sea-level, as a consequence of global warming, would affect coastal wetlands in 76 developing countries and territories, taking into account how much of wetlands would be submerged and how likely the wetlands would move inland as the coastline recedes. It is estimated that approximately 64 percent of the freshwater marsh, 66 percent of Global Lakes and Wetlands Database coastal wetlands, and 61 percent of brackish/saline wetlands are at risk. A large percentage of this loss would be shouldered by two regions: East Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East and North Africa.
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Topics: Land Use Management, Water, Economic Analysis
Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document
Publication date: 2012