Restoring Nature, Without Mosquitoes?
Article first published online: 20 MAY 2004
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 147–153, June 2004
How to Cite
Willott, E. (2004), Restoring Nature, Without Mosquitoes?. Restoration Ecology, 12: 147–153. doi: 10.1111/j.1061-2971.2004.00392.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAY 2004
- Article first published online: 20 MAY 2004
- conservation biology;
- environmental ethics;
The benefits of wetlands are now widely appreciated. Less widely known is that historically many wetlands were drained to help control malaria and other deadly diseases. This essay's general theme is that there are pros and cons to restoration or creation of wetlands. The specific theme is that mosquitoes pose practical and theoretical problems. In particular, abundant mosquitoes should not be regarded as an after-the-fact surprising side effect but rather, abundant mosquitoes should be viewed as a primary and foreseeable effect of providing habitat suitable for them. Yet our funding mechanisms and educational institutions often fail properly to address the reality that restoring or creating wetlands has a downside.