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Ramsar Publishes Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Wetlands to Climate Change

July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released Ramsar Technical Report No. 5, titled "A Framework for assessing the vulnerability of wetlands to climate change." The report introduces the concept and definitions of vulnerability in the context of wetland assessment, explains the relationship between vulnerability and risk assessment, provides an overview of available methods and approaches to vulnerability assessment, and sets out a general framework for wetland vulnerability assessment in the context of Ramsar Convention implementation.

The report was published jointly with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Technical Series No. 57.  It is authored by Habiba Gitay, World Bank; C. Max Finlayson, climate change lead member of Ramsar's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP); and Nick Davidson, Ramsar Deputy Secretary General. The report also provides advice on tools for those working to establish appropriate approaches for people's nature-based adaptation to climate change in wetlands. [Publication: A Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Wetlands to Climate Change]