Professor Gardner returns to speak at United Nations as international wetlands expert

Stetson University College of Law professor and Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy director Royal C. Gardner spoke at the United Nations in New York on March 21 on the importance of wetlands as ecosystems supporting global populations.  Professor Gardner is chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for 2016-2018 and is an internationally recognized expert on wetland law and policy.

Professor Gardner described the importance of mangroves in the wetland ecosystem.

“Mangroves are incredibly important for people: they provide nursery areas for commercial fisheries species, maintain water quality by filtering pollutants, protect coastal areas against erosion and storms, and sequester approximately 1,000 tons of carbon per hectare,” said Professor Gardner.

Professor Gardner also spoke at a meeting of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation at the United Nations in New York on Nov. 20, 2015.