In order to achieve the wetland management goals, a strong information base is a prerequisite for wetland managers. Available information base can be advanced by addressing wetlands inventory, assessment and monitoring needs. To enable the development and incorporation of Wetlands inventory, assessment and monitoring system (WIAMS) within wetlands management planning framework a two-day workshop was organized by GIZ in collaboration with Wetlands International South Asia on 23-24 July 2019.
Workshop aimed at identifying simple, relevant and cost-effective indicators for each of the wetlands feature including extent, catchment, hydrology, biodiversity and ecosystem services, livelihood and governance through expert inputs and extensive group discussions while addressing the climate risks in Indian context. Indicators were subsequently prioritized for inventory, assessment and monitoring of each wetland feature keeping in mind its importance and relevance for wetlands management. The workshop culminated with the development of a draft WIAMS framework which can be adopted for establishing a management system that can be prescribed for low data environments. Established WIAMS framework will subsequently be tested at four pilot sites selected for project implementation including Pong, Renuka, Bhitarkanika and Point Calimere.