These guidelines have been produced through a lengthy and detailed consultative process. But no guidance can be totally comprehensive. We present them as a tool to assist those that need help to try to obtain better information effectively. The guidelines should be considered in the context of available local capacity and the availability of other sources of assistance with obtaining information. In particular, we stress that they should be used, if necessary, as a means to supplement information available
through traditional and local knowledge.
Guidelines for the rapid ecological assessment of biodiversity in inland water, coastal and marine areas. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity,Montreal, Canada, CBD Technical Series no. 22 and the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention, Gland, Switzerland, Ramsar Technical Report no. 1.