Use of the AWI model in a UNDP-GEF Funded Peat Swamp Forest Project in Malaysia
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Malaysia has called for proposals to undertake a Multi-Disciplinary Assessments (MDAs) of peat swamp forests (PSF). The MDAs are expected to ...
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Malaysia has called for proposals to undertake a Multi-Disciplinary Assessments (MDAs) of peat swamp forests (PSF). The MDAs are expected to take up to six months to complete, and will incorporate specific analyses of flora and fauna, hydrological characteristics, socio-economic uses as well as policy, institutional and management issues. The MDAs will be expected to provide detailed profiles of PSF ecosystems and comprehensive baseline data of the project sites and identify information gaps and areas in which further in-depth analysis is required, as well as to develop an Interim Action Plan outlining immediate initiatives and interventions required to sustainably manage the relevant project site pending development and implementation of comprehensive Management Plans. The design and implementation of an on-going site monitoring programme will also be required. In the Terms of Reference of the tender document for data collection and gathering of the above information, specific mention is made to observe the requirements set out in the Manual for an Inventory of Asian Wetlands - Level 4 - (Finlayson et al 2002). The Asian Wetland Inventory (AWI) approach which has been recommended as a model for wetland inventory at the recent Ramsar Conference of Parties in Spain (Nov 2002) is gaining wider use across national wetland conservation initiatives in Malaysia and regionally. It is hoped that the Manual will be a useful tool for other Asian nations in implementing national or site level wetland inventories in order to provide the critical information for the conservation and wise use of wetlands.