Scientists are calling for wetlands to be given legal rights, similar to how humans have rights. The group, including some from the Society of Wetland Scientists, says that many indigenous peoples recognise nature as a living entity, and that a universal recognition would help reduce the destruction of wetlands.
They also say it would be an opportunity for improved cross-cultural understanding, respect, and collaboration between indigenous and other communities.
Some countries with WLI members have recognised rights of nature, including New Zealand, Bangladesh, Brazil, and India.
The authors have published an article in the journal Marine & Freshwater Research, which is available free of charge.
Our colleague in the Ramsar Culture Network (RCN), David Pritchard, is among the authors of the paper. The RCN resources includes this report on a related topic, the relationship of indigenous peoples and local communities with wetlands.
Proposed Universal Declaration of the Rights of Wetlands