SWAMP: A knowledge-based system for the dissemination of sustainable development expertise to the developing world
Article first published online: 29 JUN 2006
Copyright © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
Volume 5, Issue 4, pages 261–275, December 1995
How to Cite
Everard, M., Denny, P. and Croucher, C. (1995), SWAMP: A knowledge-based system for the dissemination of sustainable development expertise to the developing world. Aquatic Conserv: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst., 5: 261–275. doi: 10.1002/aqc.3270050403
- Issue published online: 29 JUN 2006
- Article first published online: 29 JUN 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 22 AUG 1995
- Manuscript Received: 14 SEP 1993
- 1Population and economic pressures necessitate the development of productive yet fragile wetland areas in some tropical developing countries. Owing largely to these same social and economic pressures, expertise for the design and implementation of sustainable development strategies is often limited in developing countries.
- 2Considerable relevant knowledge and experience exist in Europe and North America. Resource constraints limit the availability of this expertise in areas of need in the developing world, despite various international commitments to such cooperation.
- 3Knowledge-based systems technology is well suited for the transfer of expertise from specialists to non-specialist users. It may therefore represent a cost-effective solution for developed nations to honour their commitments to assist developing nations.
- 4SWAMP (Sustainable Wetland Areas Management Project) has been developed to support the National Wetlands Conservation and Management Programme in Uganda. Its purpose is to select appropriate combinations of sustainable uses for wetlands which may be under pressure for development to supply food, tradeable products, or other resources.
- 5SWAMP has the capability to be extended to tropical wetlands in general. In principle, SWAMP's architecture is equally applicable for supporting similar sustainable development initiatives in other types of ecosystem.