Resilience and Management of Arctic Wetlands: Key Findings and Recommendations

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The purpose of the Resilience and management of Arctic Wetlands (RAW) initiative is to strengthen engagement on the roles and functions of wetlands as a resource to support sustainable development and resilience in the Arctic. Phase 1 (2017-2019) mapped the state of knowledge on resilience and management of Arctic wetlands in response to global drivers such as climate change or more local drivers such as changes in land use. Phase 2 (2019-2020) identified case studies of wetlands management and conservation, considered indigenous participation in wetlands management, and explored approaches to make national inventories more comparable; and Building upon the outcomes of Phases 1 and 2, Phase 3 (2020-2021) developed a series of key findings and recommendations designed to maintain and even strengthen the resilience of wetlands. Many of these findings and recommendations are highly relevant both within and outside the Arctic, and Arctic States have the opportunity to act as role models for sustainable use of wetlands.