The status of global wetland inventory

1999

eriss note
Max Finlayson, Nick Davidson and Abbie Spiers,
Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist, March 1999

About the note

Wetlands International and eriss recently undertook a project to review the global extent of wetland resources and identify priorities for wetland inventory. This was done under contract to the Bureau of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, with financial support from the government of the United Kingdom. Our project team consisted of people based in Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the Netherlands, supported by an international steering committee and colleagues worldwide.

The aims of the review were to: provide an overview of international, regional and national wetland inventories as well as other general information on global wetland resources; outline steps to quantify the extent of global wetland resources and to provide a baseline for measuring trends in wetland conservation or loss; identify priorities for establishing, updating or extending wetland inventories so as to improve the accuracy with which the global wetland resource can be quantified and described in future.