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Category: Wetlands

Title: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

Organizations: Ramsar Convention Secretariat, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Wetlands International (WI); Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Date: February 2013

Language: English; an Executive Summary is available in French.

Number of Pages: 84

Eco-Index Summary: The Ramsar Convention Secretariat, in partnership with the UNEP and a consortium of NGOs, released a report on the current status of wetlands conservation, identifying major gaps and inconsistencies in current knowledge so as to inform agenda-setting for further work in wetlands management. The report highlights the importance and economic value of wetlands in providing clean water sources for humans and habitat for biodiversity, and makes recommendations for improving measurement and assessment, integrating the value of water and wetlands into decision-making, and transforming the management approach into one that includes local communities, sustainable tourism, and poverty alleviation strategies. With this publication, the authors aim to encourage additional policy momentum, business commitment, and investment in the conservation, restoration, and wise use of wetlands.

Title: Managing Wetland Habitats for Waterbirds: An International Perspective

Organizations: Society of Wetland Scientists

Date: 2009

Language: English

Number of Pages: 13

Eco-Index Summary: Waterbird populations throughout the world have struggled during the past century as more than 50 percent of their wetland habitat has been lost or degraded by human activities. Despite these serious challenges, a variety of studies indicate that "effectively managed wetlands can provide alternative or complementary habitats for waterbirds and mitigate the adverse effects of wetland loss and degradation." This report from the Society of Wetland Scientists examines the impacts specific wetland variables, such as water depth, water level fluctuation, vegetation, salinity, topography, food accessibility, wetland size and wetland connectivity, have on successfully providing waterbird habitat.

Title: An Integrated Wetland Assessment Toolkit -- A Guide to Good Practice

Organizations: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Date: 2009

Language: English

Number of Pages: 164

Eco-Index Summary: Wetland ecosystems around the world have suffered dramatically at the hands of improper management. Despite the fact that they contain significant levels of biodiversity and provide valuable ecosystem services that are particularly important for rural populations, their value is difficult to quantify and express through an integrated methodology. To fill this gap, the IUCN developed "An Integrated Wetland Assessment Toolkit -- A Guide to Good Practice," a report that provides the framework to assess wetlands in terms of their "combined biodiversity, economic, and livelihood values." The report includes a description of the integrated assessment process; the tools, methods, and techniques used to collect and present relevant data; and two case studies where the assessment was successfully applied in a management context.

Title: The Wetlands for the Future Fund: A Performance Review of the First Ten Years

Authors: Margarita Astrálaga and Adrián Ruiz Carvajal

Organizations: Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the US Department of State, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service

Date: 2007

Language: English

Number of Pages: 52

Eco-Index Summary: The Wetlands for the Future initiative has been active for 10 years, and has provided support to more than 225 wetland conservation projects. This report assesses the Fund's performance, achievements, and how effectively it has met its proposed goals. Survey results from 87 percent of past grantees were collected, and data such as impacts, lessons learned, and multiplier effects were analyzed. The review concludes with a request for Fund sponsors to develop clear benchmarks of success for the Fund and the projects it supports, as well as the development of a strategy and vision for the Fund, and the incorporation of results-driven and wetland-specific indicators for success.