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Determining the priority order of wetland functions

In this study, the functional priority of wetlands was determined through analysis of previous
research. To determine relative importance, three processes were performed. First, quantitative
values from the case studies were normalized. Second, non-quantitative values were prioritized
based on standard criteria. Third, equal weight was applied as long as there was no special
consideration regarding a particular value’s disproportionate priority in the research. Finally,
results were grouped into large, medium, and small classes.In this study, the functions of the
medium class were found to be the most significant, in the following order of priority: water supply
and ground water recharge; culture and recreation; biodiversity; product; water quality control;
flood control; erosion control; moderation of climate change; and provision of biochemical matter.
To verify these results, we compared our findings with those of an assessment that used the Rapid
Assessment Method (RAM) on the same type of study area. Whereas this comparison indicated
some correlations by the culture, water storage, and genetic sustainability functions, i