Activity 1: Identify and inventory inland waters

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Component 1: Identify inland waters

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Component 2: Compile inland water inventories

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Resolution VIII.33, 8 Ramsar Resolution VIII.33, Annex The Guidance for identifying, sustainably managing, and designating temporary pools as Wetlands of International Importance addresses identification of temporary pools, sustainably managing temporary pools and the designation of temporary pools as Ramsar sites.

Author Commentary 2

CBD Decision VII/27, 2 CBD Decision VII/27, Annex Goal 3.1. of the programme of work on mountain biodiversity asks Parties to develop work on identification, monitoring and assessment of mountain biodiversity.

Author Commentary 3

CBD Decision VII/27, 4 Intends to ensure cross-referencing of the mountain biodiversity work programme with other CBD work programmes, including the inland water one. This is relevant here for the identification, monitoring and assessment provisions of the work programme on mountain biodiversity (programme element 3): CBD Decision VII/27, Annex.

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Author Commentary 5

World Heritage Convention Article 4 World Heritage Convention Article 5 d The details of how to nominate a site for inclusion in the World Heritage List are set out in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, chapter III (Process for the inscription of properties on the World Heritage List); available at

Author Commentery 6

Ramsar Resolution VIII.6, 16 Ramsar Resolution VII.20, 11 Ramsar Recommendation 4.4, Ramsar Recommendation 4.6, Ramsar Recommendation 2.3, Annex, 1.1 and Ramsar Recommendation 1.5 build on each other, with the latest version in VIII.6., 16 being the most comprehensive one. It stresses that the compilation of national wetland inventories should be a high priority and that the Framework for Wetland Inventory should be used for the compilation of the inventories. Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008, Operational Objective 1.1 is accompanied by Action 1.1.2, which outlines the type of information that national wetland inventories should include. World Heritage Convention Article 11, 1 could be complementary to all those Ramsar Resolutions and vice versa.

Author Commentary 7

Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008, Operational Objective 12.1: The inventory-related action under this Operational Objective is action 12.1.1, which requests the identification of all wetland systems shared with other Parties or non-Parties.

Author Commentary 8

Ramsar Resolution IX.1, 7 Ramsar Resolution IX.1, Annex E The Integrated framework for wetland inventory assessment and monitoring includes Guidelines for the rapid assessment of inland, coastal and marine wetland biodiversity.

Author Commentary 9

Ramsar Resolution VIII.6, 18 Ramsar Resolution VII.20, 16 Are almost identical, with the latter adding the request to seek to establish a central repository as necessary.

Author Commentary 10

Ramsar Resolution VIII.16, 13 Ramsar Resolution VIII.16, Annex The Principles and guidelines for wetland restoration use flowcharts to explain the guidelines for wetland restoration and the process for identification of potential wetland restoration projects.

Author Commentary 11

Ramsar Resolution VIII.17, 14 Ramsar Recommendation 7.1, 8 Ramsar Recommendation 6.1, 9 duplicate each other.

Author Commentary 12

CBD Decision VII/4, 7 CBD Decision VII/4, Annex Goal 3.2 of the inland water programme of work commits Parties and others to develop an improved understanding of threats to inland water biodiversity, to be based on inventories and assessments.