I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Wetland Conservation in New Zealand. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. With this, New Zealand, after all, is concerned with protecting these areas. Specifically, it can be observed that there is a real need to protect and conserve wetlands and waterways in New Zealand. In fact, Miller and Spoolman (2008) believed that New Zealand, Waitakere City is one of the cities trying to become more environmentally sustainable in which part of its goals is about protecting and supporting biodiversity by preserving surrounding land and protection and restoration of natural systems and wetlands (p.606).
The critical attributes that maintain the ecological integrity of Floodplain Rivers and associated riparian and wetland habitats are fluvial disturbance and connectivity and according to Hubert (2004), the focus of restoration efforts is the reestablishment of the said processes. This makes sense. After all, the New Zealand government with its policies on protecting wetland and waterways needs to understand and be informed about various researches and studies in this area. It has to consider and gain information from various researches obtained from their findings. For instance, in the study of Thomas et al (1990), it was pointed out that reducing the water content of soils and increasing its surface layer’s density and strength was a good suggestion to reduce damage caused by cattle hoofs. This hypothesis was tested by Thomas et al by applying different drainage systems (p.480). It was found out in their study that soils with mineral topsoils will withstand cattle treading without additional drainage treatments (p.479).
Another study pointed out that land clearance caused profound damaged to New Zealand’s soils and water system in a form of critical erosion that leads to the water system’s turbidity and siltation problems (Garden, 2005, p.204). As added by Garden, 10% of the country has soil erosion classified as extreme case and about 50% of the country has 50% for both moderate and light cases. He added that nutrients, pesticides, and waste from agriculture and other human activities also contributed to the declining of the water system.
On the other hand, considering that wetlands and waterways are not only located in New Zealand but from other countries as well, Dugan (1990, p.81) believed that there is much more need to be done on improving international communication between all wetland scientists and managers from Northern and Southern hemispheres, especially on technology transfer as information exchange. He pointed out that the following areas that need to be explored in technology transfer are wetland inventory, assessment, and monitoring, reserve selection and management, training methodologies, cooperative management of international wetland resources.