Activity 12: Assess wetlands

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Component 1: Develop assessment processes

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  • Formalise procedures for impact assessment of wetland ecosystems in policy, institutional and organisational arrangements: Ramsar Resolution VII.16, 10
  • Ensure that impact assessment procedures identify the true values of wetland ecosystems so that they may be included in the decision-making and management processes: Ramsar Resolution VII.16, 11
  • Develop early warning systems for detecting and initiating actions in response to change in the ecological character of wetlands: Ramsar Resolution VI.1, 11
Component 2: Provide information on assessments

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Component 3: Implement assessment processes

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8
Ramsar Resolution VIII.26, 12
Ramsar Resolution VIII.26, Annex
The operational objective of the Strategic Plan for the Ramsar Convention that should be considered here is: Operational objective 1: inventory and assessment. Parties are encouraged to undertake assessments and construct and inventory of their wetlands amongst other things.

Author Commentary 2

CBD Decision VII/4, 10
CBD Decision VII/4, Annex
The most appropriate goals from the programme of work to be considered here are: Goal 3.2: develop rapid and other assessments to improve understanding of threats to inland water ecosystems and their response and Goal 3.3: Ensure rigorous impact assessments are carried out where appropriate. Parties are encouraged to carry out a number of activities including describing the status and trends of inland waters and collaborate to undertake assessments of transboundary inland water ecosystems.

Author Commentary 3

Ramsar Resolution VIII.26, 10
Ramsar Resolution VIII.26, 11
Are in essence the same resolution but recognises that Parties may be at different stages in developing and implementing national targets.

Author Commentary 4

Ramsar Resolution VIII.18, 12
Encourages synergies with other convention tools dealing with IAS issues. Use of tools covering risk assessment of IAS developed for other conventions may help Parties meet Ramsar Resolution VIII.18, 15. Tools to consider may include the CBD impact assessment guidelines: CBD Decision VI/7, Annex.

Author Commentary 5

Ramsar Resolution VII.10, 12
Ramsar Resolution VII.10, Annex
In the Wetland Risk Assessment Framework IAS are recognised as causing adverse change to the ecological character of wetlands and are therefore an important consideration for Parties carrying out risk assessments.