A user manual provides guidelines to the application of the Freshwater Health Index. It explains the conceptual underpinnings of the Index and provides definitions of the indicators that make up the Index. It also provides guidance on how to evaluate each indicator, suggestions on data sources helpful to evaluate indicators (for baseline assessments and scenario planning), aggregation of indicators and interpretation of index values.
The guidelines in the user manual will be reviewed and updated periodically, and input from all users of the Freshwater Health Index is welcome. We particularly welcome new examples that are illustrative of these guidelines.
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