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					CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop                 Slide 1




          The Ramsar Convention and wetland
                     assessment
                                   Nick Davidson
                               Deputy Secretary General
                                   Ramsar Bureau



                     CBD/Ramsar Rapid assessment of inland water
                                    biodiversity
                            Montreal, 2-4 December 2002



                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop          Slide 2

                                     Background
       • significant attention under the Convention to
         inventory, assessment and monitoring
       • basic commitment to “maintain the ecological
         character of wetlands”
             – particularly Ramsar sites
       • assessing the status and trends of the wetland
         resource
       • existing guidance (COP6 & COP7)
       • much new guidance and future actions adopted
         by Ramsar‟s COP8 last week
       • most guidance: general procedural frameworks
             – need recognised for more methodological
               guidance
                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop                 Slide 3



                 Ramsar COP8 Resolution VIII.8
       • “Assessing and reporting status and trends of
         wetlands, and the implementation of Article 3.2 of
         the Convention”
             – Article 3.2: identifying and reporting “change in
               ecological character”
       • recognises need to improve levels of assessment
         and reporting
       • STRP report on status and trends of Ramsar
         sites, in wider context of regional and global
         status and trends
       • STRP prepare consolidated guidance on
         detecting, reporting and responding to change in
         ecological character
                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop          Slide 4



                    Ramsar‟s existing guidance
       • Framework for designing a wetland monitoring
         programme (Res. VI.1)
       • Wetland risk assessment framework (Res. VII.10),
         includes:
             –   step-wise model procedure
             –   early warning indicators
             –   rapid response toxicity tests
             –   early warning field tests
             –   rapid assessment
       • incorporate into rapid assessment guidance?



                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop          Slide 5


             Ramsar‟s definitions of inventory,
                assessment & monitoring

       • adopted by COP8 Resolution VIII.6 “A Framework
         for Wetland Inventory”
       • inventory: collection and/or collation of core
         information for wetland management, incl.
         Information base for specific assessment and
         monitoring activities
       • assessment: identification of status of, and
         threats to, wetlands as basis for collection of
         more specific information through monitoring



                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop                       Slide 6


             Ramsar‟s definitions of inventory,
                assessment & monitoring
                                      • monitoring: collection of
                                        specific info. for management,
                                        hypothesis driven from
                                        assessment, and using results
                                        for management
                                        implementation
                                      • definitions recognise that
                                        distinction between inventory
                                        and assessment often blurred




                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop          Slide 7



                           Inventory Framework
       • 13 design steps for decision-making, related to
         purpose (objectives) and available resources
       • equally applicable to wetland assessment
       • Steps:
             1. State purpose and objective
             2. Review existing knowledge and information
             3. Review existing methods
             4. Determine scale and resolution
             5. Establish core/minimum data set
             6. Establish habitat classification
             7. Choose appropriate method


                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop          Slide 8



             Inventory Framework steps (cont.)
     8.  Establish data management
       system
     9. Establish time schedule and
       resources required
     10. Assess feasibility and cost
       effectiveness
     11. Establish reporting procedure
     12. Establish review and evaluation
       process
     13. Plan a pilot study
          • test and adjust method, as needed



                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop          Slide 9


       An integrated Ramsar Wetland Inventory,
    Assessment and Monitoring Framework (WIAM)
       • COP8 recognised number of gaps and
         disharmonies in existing Ramsar guidance
         (Resolution VIII.7)
       • STRP will fill these, through developing
         integrated framework, based on outline in COP8
         DOC. 16
       • based on Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
         (MA) conceptual framework
       • recognises importance of scale, and developing
         multi-scalar approaches, and
       • use and value of remote sensing for wetland
         assessment
                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop                      Slide 10



                 Other relevant COP8 decisions
       • adopted CBD‟s COP6 guidelines for
         environmental impact assessment and strategic
         environmental assessment
       • adopted “New guidelines for management
         planning for Ramsar sites and other wetlands”
             – inventory/assessment needed for description and
               evaluation
                  • features and factors
                  • ecological features and processes
                  • features: ecological, socio-economic and cultural




                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop          Slide 11


     Guidelines for rapid assessment
       of inland water biodiversity
    • will contribute to gaps in
      Ramsar‟s „toolkit‟
    • Issues to
      consider/incorporate:
         – define inland waters
           wetland habitat coverage
         – cover all indicative
           components of CBD
           biodiversity
         – cover assessment of
           processes as well as
           features


                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop                        Slide 12


            Guidelines for rapid assessment of
                inland water biodiversity
       • In methodology, include key precursors for
         choosing any assessment work:
             – establishing purpose and objective
             – compiling existing knowledge and information
                  • incl. traditional knowledge through stakeholder and
                    local community/indigenous people‟s contribution
                    (as appropriate)
             – scale issues
             – resource issues




                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov
CBD/Ramsar inland waters rapid assessment workshop          Slide 13




                                         Ramsar COP8.
                                       Valencia 18-26 Nov

				
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