Activity 10: Manage wetlands

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Component 1: Provide information on the management of IAS

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Indirectly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Send copies of management plans, which illustrate good practices and successful approaches to the Ramsar Bureau: Ramsar Resolution V.7, 9
Component 2: Implement management programmes

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Component 3: Report on actions

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

Indirectly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Report to the Ramsar Secretariat on the outcomes of any assessments carried out on the impacts of natural disasters on the ecological character of Ramsar sites and the livelihoods of people dependant on these sites: Ramsar Resolution IX.9, 16
  • Report on any change or likely change in the ecological character of Ramsar sites: Ramsar Resolution IX.15, 21

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Author Commentary 1

CBD Decision VII/4, 10
CBD Decision V/2, 8
CBD Decision VII/4, Annex
The most relevant programme element from the programme of work on inland waters is Programme element 1: conservation, sustainable use and benefit-sharing. Activities for Parties under goal 1.4 prevent the introduction of invasive alien species are of importance here and include:

  • 1.4.1 Promote and implement relevant guidelines and/or principles

  • 1.4.2 Provide examples of the impacts of IAS and of control programmes to the Executive Secretary
  • 1.4.3 Raise awareness of IAS and inland waters through CEPA
  • 1.4.4 Provide appropriate mechanisms to prevent the spread of IAS within transboundary inland waters
  • 1.4.5 Prevent the introduction of IAS and restore indigenous wild-capture fisheries stocks.

Author Commentary 2

CBD Decision VII/4, 10
CBD Decision VII/4, Annex
Ramsar Recommendation 2.3, Annex
Are slightly different, but provide for a synergistic approach between the two conventions.

Author Commentary 3

Synergies may exist between the information made available to the Ramsar Bureau under Ramsar Resolution VII.14, 14 and information made available to GISP under CBD Decision VI/23, 25a and CBD Decision V/8, 3 (see activity ‘Provide information on IAS’)

Author Commentary 4

Ramsar Resolution IX.4, 23
Ramsar Resolution IX.4, Annex
These recommendations should be applied in relation to the conservation and wise use of Ramsar sites. Parties are recommended to under Issue 4: adopt effective legal tools and programmes to prevent and minimise IAS within wetlands, apply the ICES Code of Practice on the Introductions and Transfers of Marine Organisms and the GEF/UNDP/IMO International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments and adopt reasonable practices to reduce the risk from unregulated stocking programmes.

Author Commentary 5

Ramsar Resolution IX.1, 8
A particular relevance to Parties here are the Guidelines for the rapid assessment of inland, coastal and marine wetland biodiversity: Ramsar Resolution IX.1, Annex Ei

Author Commentary 6

Ramsar Resolution IX.4, 34
Activities should be implemented in line with Ramsar Resolution VIII.18

Author Commentary 7

Ramsar Resolution IX.9, 15
Parties are to take into account all affected ecological zones.

Author Commentary 8

Ramsar Resolution IX.15, 21
Parties are to take into consideration the Wetland Risk Assessment Framework Ramsar Resolution VII.10, Annex. These guidelines recognise IAS as a risk to Ramsar sites.

Author Commentary 9

Synergies may exist between the Guidelines Ramsar Resolution VIII.14, 20 and Ramsar Resolution VIII.14, Annex and those tools and guidelines adopted under other conventions Ramsar Resolution VIII.18, 12.

Author Commentary 10

Author Commentary 11

Ramsar Resolution VIII.32, 19
Ramsar Resolution VIII.14, Annex
IAS are included as a negative influence on wetlands in the New guidelines for management planning for Ramsar sites and other wetlands

Author Commentary 12

Ramsar Resolution VII.14, 13
Background document Ramsar COP7 DOC. 24
The control methods referred include mechanical control, chemical control, biological control, ecosystem manipulation, integrated management, and prevention and control.

Author Commentary 13

Ramsar Resolution V.7, 11
Ramsar Resolution V.7, 12
Ramsar Resolution V.7, Annex
The management of IAS form part of the Guidelines on management planning for Ramsar and other wetland sites

Author Commentary 14

Ramsar Resolution IX.4, 25
Is directed at fisheries authorities.

Author Commentary 15

Ramsar Resolution IX.9, 12
Ramsar Resolution VIII.8, 20
While both of these resolutions urge Parties to maintain restore Ramsar sites, the resolutions are different. Ramsar Resolution VIII.8, 20 asks Parties to maintain and restore the ecological character of Ramsar sites, while Ramsar Resolution IX.9, 12 looks to ensure that Ramsar sites can continue to deliver their full range of ecosystem benefits/services for people and biodiversity.

Author Commentary 16

Ramsar Resolution IX.9, 14
This resolution is directed at not only Parties but also River Basin Authorities and the wider strategies referred to include climate change and desertification.

Author Commentary 17

This obligation is duplicated in the Management section of the Inland Waters module and the Legislative Measures & National Policies section of the Sustainable Use module.

Author Commentary 18

The introduction of certain IAS (particularly aquatic plants) might impair navigability in certain areas.