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1 Purpose

The purpose of this summary report is to describe progress with the potential water bodies of national importance sub-projects. This is the first stage of work within the Water Programme of Action on how the nationally important values in water may be protected or secured. Completion of the sub-projects is only the first phase of work in the development of methods and criteria for determining the nationally important values of water bodies. The project aims to ensure that water bodies with nationally important natural, economic, social or cultural values are protected or secured.