Wet4

Photo: Gustaf Hugelius

Successful management of Arctic wetland resilience needs a common vocabulary. Existing wetland classification systems differ in many aspects and do not properly acknowledge indigenous wetland use or Indigenous Knowledge.

  1. Develop a tool for translating between existing national and international wetland classifications systems, identify where there is presently no way to translate between systems and explore potential benefits of developing unified Arctic and Boreal wetland classification systems.
  2. Support development of wetland classification systems and maps specific to different Arctic Indigenous Peoples based on the words and terms traditionally used to describe wetland types, properties, and functions. Such maps would support wetland stewardship and facilitate communication of their value locally and to policy makers.
  3. Support the ongoing work with the Arctic SDI to develop a pan-Arctic wetland map making use of modern remote sensing and data processing methods but supported by existing national and local data and inventories.  Work with individual nations on a plan for incorporating this product into their national systems.
  4. Support long-term development of open-access spatial databases for wetland data that allow interactive use, application of different classification systems and on-the-fly wetland map production.

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