The importance of knowing where wetlands are, and what characterstics they have, has long been recognized by the Parties to the Ramsar Convention as providing the vital basis for many aspects of implementing the Convention successfully. A Framework for a Wetland Inventory Metadatabase provides an important contribution to achieving this goal and is now available as a Ramsar Technical Report in PDF format (English only). The metadatabase standard was developed for the Ramsar Convention by the Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist (eriss, Darwin, Australia), in particular John Lowry, and Ramsar’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP). The new report can be found here (PDF).
In addition, French and Spanish translations of the first RTR, Guidelines for the rapid assessment of inland, coastal and marine wetland biodiversity, published jointly with the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2006, are newly available as well; see the RTR menu here.