The 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)

29/08/2008


"Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People"
10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
Changwon, Republic of Korea, 28 October - 4 November 2008
Agenda items XI and XV
Ramsar COP10 DOC. 7

Report of the Secretary General pursuant to Article 8.2 concerning the List of Wetlands of International Importance

Explanatory note by the Secretariat.
This paper provides information, received at the Secretariat up to 15 August 2008, that is required to be presented to COP10 under Article 8.2 of the Convention. The information provided below should be updated by Contracting Parties during COP10 where so required, and will then be integrated into COP10 DR 13 on “The status of sites in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance”.

1.    Article 8.2 of the Convention states that: “The continuing bureau duties [i.e. of the Ramsar Secretariat] shall be, inter alia : …

b)    to maintain the List of Wetlands of International Importance and to be informed by the Contracting Parties of any additions, extensions, deletions or restrictions concerning wetlands included in the List provided in accordance with paragraph 5 of Article 2 [note 1];

c)    to be informed by the Contracting Parties of any changes in the ecological character of wetlands included in the List provided in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 3 [note 2];

d)    to forward notification of any alterations to the List, or changes in character of wetlands included therein, to all Contracting Parties and to arrange for these matters to be discussed at the next Conference;

e)    to make known to the Contracting Party concerned, the recommendations of the Conferences in respect of such alterations to the List or of changes in the character of wetlands included therein.”

2.    The present report of the Secretary General conveys to the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties the information requested under Article 8 concerning the List of Wetlands of International Importance (“Ramsar List”) since the close of Ramsar COP9 on 15 November 2005 and the preparation of this paper for COP9 as of 20 September 2005.

Additions, extensions or deletions to the List (Article 2.5)

3.    The Ramsar Secretariat maintains up to date the Ramsar List, always available in the Ramsar Web site (caxref:2073) and in hard copy in two versions: a) the basic List organized in alphabetical order of Contracting Parties with the name of the sites also in alphabetical order, date of designation, state/province where the site is located, area of the site, and geographical coordinates of the center-point of the site; and b) the Annotated List, which in addition contains a brief description of each site.

4.    In the case of the designation of new Ramsar sites or extension of the area of existing sites, once the Secretariat is satisfied that the Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS) and map for each new site or extension has been supplied by the Contracting Party in accordance with COP Resolutions on the required data for Ramsar sites (notably Resolution VIII.13), the Secretary General authorizes the addition or change in the List, the announcement is made to the public on the Ramsar Web site and the Ramsar Wetlands Forum e-mail list, as well as to each Contracting Party via the Ramsar Exchange in English, French, and Spanish, and an official letter and certificate confirming the addition to the List or extension of area is sent to the Party concerned.

5.    Pursuant to Article 8.2 (d), Annex 1 provides a list of the sites added to the List in the period under review, and Annex 2 lists those sites for which there has been a significant change in area since the close of COP9.

6.    Some 224 new Ramsar sites, covering 32,739,879 hectares, have designation dates between the preparation of this document for COP9 (20 September 2005) and 27 August 2008. Certain Ramsar sites have been added to the Ramsar List after COP9 but with designation dates, at the Parties’ instructions, before 20 September 2005 (for example, 16 sites in Algeria added to the List in January 2006 but with designation dates in December 2004), and these do not appear in Annex 1.

7.    The global total as of 27 August 2008 is 1,759 Ramsar sites covering a total of 161.3 million hectares. Only sites actually present on the Ramsar List on 27 August 2008 are included – several Parties, most notably Mexico, have announced the designation of additional sites but the necessary paperwork for these has not yet been completed. Very likely, some of these will be completed and added to the List prior to the opening of COP10.

8.    Annex 2 lists Ramsar sites for which the boundaries have been extended signficantly during the period under review, and it cites a few Ramsar sites for which a signficant increase or decrease in area is a result, not of a change in boundaries, but of a more precise boundary definition and/or a recalculation or correction of errors in the area of the site (Resolution VIII.21), usually with the benefit of more modern technology. Routine minor corrections of this type, frequently communicated in the updated RISs, have been noted on the Ramsar List but not mentioned here.

9.    No site has been deleted from the List during the period under consideration.

Restrictions to the List

10.    Two situations can arise concerning restrictions to the boundaries of sites on the Ramsar List: a) when a Party decides to invoke Article 2.5 of the Convention, which permits a Party to reduce the boundaries of a site for reasons of urgent national interests, and b) when a restriction is proposed for other reasons than “urgent national interest”. Concerning the latter, specific guidance on how to deal with sites or parts of sites that cease to fulfil or never fulfilled the Criteria for designation is provided in the annex to Resolution IX.6 (2005).

11.    A third situation concerns apparent boundary restrictions of sites in the Ramsar List where the original area figure has been changed since COP9 for reasons of more precise calculation, correction or rounding adjustment. With the increased availability of computerized Geographical Information Systems, site areas are nowadays calculated more accurately during the process of updating Ramsar site information. This can result in significantly different values where the area was only roughly estimated at the time of designation. Such sites are listed with the term “recalculation” in Annex 2. Despite the sometimes substantial change in the area figure, no real restriction or extension of the site boundary occurred in these cases.

12.    The Okavango Delta Ramsar site boundary and area have changed considerably because the boundary has been delineated more accurately, and this has led to more accurate measurement of the area rather than a reduction of the real area of the site. The original area submitted to the Secretariat in 1996 was a simple rectangular area around the Delta itself, making it, at 6,864,000 hectares, the largest Ramsar site in the world. The area of the surface enclosed by the new boundary is 5,537,400 ha, some 1,326,600 ha smaller than the original figure. Resolution VIII.21, para 9(a) covers cases like this one.

13.    Concerning restrictions involving Article 2.5, in 1998 the government of Germany invoked Article 2.5 of the Convention in a case involving the excision of 169 hectares (from a total of 675 hectares) of the Mühlenberger Loch Ramsar site, an extensive area of freshwater tidal mudflats on the Elbe River near Hamburg, to make room for expansion of the industrial complex of Airbus Industries (EADS), and it submitted a summary plan for compensatory measures. In September 2001 a Ramsar Advisory Mission visited the areas foreseen for compensation and discussed the issues in detail with the regional and national authorities (cf. the report on caxref:2077). At that time, it became clear that the proposed compensatory measures would not be completed for many years after the reduction of the Ramsar site, which took place in 2001. To date, the government of Germany has not submitted an updated RIS and an updated map showing the reduced boundaries of the Ramsar site. This should be accompanied by a consolidated report on the compensation measures taken under Article 4.2 and their effectiveness with regard to the wetland resources affected by the reduction, in line with Resolution VIII.20.

14.    In 2000, construction works began for the Kulevi oil terminal at the Black Sea coast inside the Central Wetlands of Kolkheti Ramsar site in Georgia. In 2005 the government invoked Article 2.5 in submitting a report on the “urgent national interests” for the Kulevi oil terminal construction, following the guidance provided through Resolution VIII.20. Subsequently, a Ramsar Advisory Mission in August 2005 provided extensive advice on the compensation measures to be developed and put into place (cf. http://www.ramsar.org/ index_ram.htm). In August 2008, the Minister of Environment submitted a report on the compensation measures implemented, together with an updated information sheet (RIS) and map, stressing that the Ramsar site boundaries were modified to coincide with the National Park boundaries. While this provides the Ramsar site with increased legal protection, a professional management authority and additional wet forest areas, the Secretariat is concerned about the proposed exclusion of the near-natural Rioni river mouth from the Ramsar site area. This is a disturbing fact after the Khobi river mouth has already been excluded in view of the heavy modificiations introduced to this ecosystem by the Kulevi terminal development. The Secretariat is in contact with the Administrative Authority to clarify this point.

15.    In 2002, it became clear that the government of Ukraine wished to reopen a deep water navigable waterway through the Danube delta inside the Ukrainian core zone of the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve and Ramsar site Kyliiske Mouth, a wetland ecosystem shared with Romania. A Ramsar Advisory Mission, conducted jointly with the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme, visited Ukraine in October 2003, evaluated three choices for the waterway, and provided advice on necessary impact assessments and compensation measures (cf. the report at caxref:2077). At the invitation of the Ramsar Secretariat and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an ad hoc meeting of representatives of Ukraine and Romania, several MEAs and international NGOs was hosted by UNEP in Geneva in September 2004 after the opening of the waterway shortly before. Since then, the secretariats of all MEAs concerned, as well as the European Commission, are dealing with this transboundary issue in a coordinated way. Their latest joint mission to Ukraine took place in July 2008. A detailed report will be available by the time of COP10. With Resolution IX.15, the Ramsar Parties at COP9 asked the government of Ukraine to suspend further works pending a full environmental impact assessment being conducted and its findings acted upon, to make available full documentation, to implement compensatory measures, and to work together with its neighbours in the Danube Delta (full text in Resolution IX.15, para 27 iv). To this, Ukraine’s Ministry of Environment provided a preliminary response on 5 June 2008, and the Secretariat is currently following up these points with them, based on the findings of the joint mission in July 2008.

16.    In July 2008, the government of the United Arab Emirates informed the Secretariat that an essential canal (Meydan Canal) would have to be constructed through Ras Al Kor Ramsar site, but that the developers had hired consultants to investigate ways of mitigation through rehabilitating many degraded areas within the Ramsar site, including the establishment of an education and research centre with a long-term financing mechanism. In addition, there would be no changes to the existing boundary of the Ramsar Site. The Secretariat replied that in principle and on the basis of the information provided, the proposal was in line with the terms and conditions of the Convention, in particular Article 3.2 and the guidance adopted pursuant to Article 3.2. The Secretariat is now consulting with the Administrative Authority on the proposal in relation to the Ramsar site, which might include seeking the advice of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel and a possible mission to the site.

Article 3.2 reports

17.    Article 3.2 of the Convention on Wetlands requires that “each Contracting Party shall arrange to be informed at the earliest possible time if the ecological character of any wetland in its territory and included in the List has changed, is changing or is likely to change as the result of technological developments, pollution or other human interference. Information on such changes shall be passed without delay to the [Ramsar Secretariat]”.

18.    Annex 3a lists Ramsar sites in which human-induced negative changes to their ecological character have occurred, are occurring or are likely to occur, as reported by Parties in their COP10 National Reports. This includes 47 Ramsar sites in 26 countries.

19.    However, the Secretariat advises that it still receives only very few Article 3.2 reports from Administrative Authorities that fulfill the “without delay” terms of the Article. Rather, most Article 3.2 issues are first raised with the Secretariat by third parties – often local communities, scientific or research bodies, or nongovernmental organizations. In such cases, the standard practice of the Secretariat is to raise the matter with the relevant Administrative Authority to seek clarification of the issue and what actions if necessary are being taken to address it, and to request that the Party concerned make a formal report in line with Article 3.2 and consider, where appropriate, placing the site on the Montreux Record.

20.    The following responses have been received by the Secretariat during this triennium:

  • ARGENTINA submitted a detailed report in June 2008 on the measures taken so far to improve the problem of overfishing at the Ramsar site Bahía de Samborombón.
  • ARGENTINA also informed the Secretariat in June 2008 that the technical authorities are monitoring the possible impacts of a road construction near the Ramsar site Reserva Natural Otamendi.
  • AUSTRIA reported that the proposed Danube-Oder-Elbe navigation canal and planned transport infrastructures may significantly change the ecological character of the Ramsar sites Donau-March-Thaya-Auen and Untere Lobau.
  • BELARUS reported that the deterioration of ecological conditions and the reduction of water levels are threatening the Osveiski Ramsar site.
  • COLOMBIA submitted a progress report in December 2007 on the ecological status of the Ramsar site Sistema Delta Estuarino del Río Magdalena, Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta.
  • DENMARK (GREENLAND) provided preliminary information on the planned establishment of a runway, road and harbour possibly affecting Heden (Jameson Land) Ramsar site, Greenland’s most important moulting area for barnacle geese.
  • HONDURAS is preparing a report on potential ecological change at the Ramsar site Parque Nacional Jeanette Kawas due to the construction of a golf resort. This follows a Secretariat visit to discuss solutions with the Administrative Authority in 2007.
  • IRAQ has reported that it believes that the Hawizeh Marsh is in imminent danger of becoming hydrologically and ecologically stressed due to a reduction in flow entering the marsh as a result of the construction of dams in the rivers that flow from neighboring countries into the marsh.
  • KENYA responded to the Secretariat’s requests for clarification about the threats to Lake Naivasha, the siltation in Lake Baringo, and conversion of the Tana delta and proposed sugar project there, and noted that these were valid concerns. The Ramsar Administrative Authority, Kenya Wildlife Service, convened a national consultative meeting to bring together all the key players concerned with these sites before submitting a proposal to list them in the Montreux Record. The consultative meeting decided that Lake Baringo and Lake Naivasha should be added to the Montreux Record, and KWS informed the Secretariat accordingly.
  • LEBANON reported that a project has been implemented at Palm Island Nature Reserve Ramsar site intended to clean up the effects of an oil spill from a power plant during a war in 2006, and to assess the level of ecological impact to the site.
  • MEXICO submitted a report on excessive water abstraction for agriculture and industrial activities, possibly affecting Ramsar site Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna Cuatrociénagas in April 2007.
  • PERU submitted a report on its activities to avoid ecological changes at the Ramsar site Reserva Nacional de Paracas in February 2008.
  • SLOVENIA reported on environmental impact assessments to avoid changes in the ecological character of Skocjan Caves Ramsar site due to new installations for drinking water supply, and on possible hunting impacts from the Croatian neighbourhood of the Secovlje salt pans.
  • THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA reported through its National Ramsar Committee on eutrophication and the overexploitation of natural resources at the Prespa Lake Ramsar site.

21.    A list of 74 Ramsar sites in 26 countries which have been reported to the Secretariat in the first instance by third parties is provided in Annex 3b.

22.    The Secretariat also sometimes receives information about activities or policies affecting or likely to affect wetlands of recognized global significance but which have not been designated as Ramsar sites. Article 6.2(d) of the Convention tasks the Conference of the Parties “to make general or specific recommendations to the Contracting Parties regarding the conservation, management and wise use of wetlands and their flora and fauna”, and thus in such instances, where appropriate, the Secretariat raises these matters with the Parties concerned in order to inform any discussion and/or recommendations that the COP might wish to make. Examples of such requests for information include the Tana River delta in Kenya and Saemangeum in the Republic of Korea.

Montreux Record and Ramsar Advisory Missions

23.    Based on reports by Contracting Parties about changes at Ramsar sites (Article 3.2), since COP9 three Ramsar sites have been placed on the Montreux Record of sites where changes in ecological character have occurred, are occurring, or are likely to occur as a result of technological developments, pollution or other human interference.

  • CHILE added Carlos Anwandter Sanctuary (Río Cruces) to the Montreux Record in October 2006 because of the large mortality of black-necked swans caused by waste discharge from an upstream cellulose factory. The Chilean government prepared an action plan for the Ramsar site in 2006 that includes programmes for monitoring, research and restoration of the site, as well as CEPA activities, legal framework and an ecosystem model that is ongoing.
  • NICARAGUA requested the inclusion of the Sistema de Humedales de la Bahía de Bluefields in January 2007 because of potential ecological changes as a consequence of a proposed all-weather road from Nueva Guinea to Bluefields.
  • KENYA submitted Montreux Record questionnaires for Lakes Baringo and Naivasha, as described above, and the Secretariat added both sites to the Record on 15 August 2008. Some question has arisen about whether the process was well understood by all parties, and at the time of the preparation of this paper discussions are ongoing about whether these will remain on the Record or require further consultations.

24.    Based upon completed questionnaires and formal requests for removal by the Parties concerned, after consultation with experts of Ramsar’s STRP, three Ramsar sites were successfully removed from the Montreux Record during this triennium.

  • ITALY requested the removal of Stagno di Molentargius following successful habitat rehabilitation activities, the establishment of a local management consortium for the salt pan areas, and the installation of effective management measures. The site was removed on 2 July 2008.
  • POLAND requested the removal of Jezioro Siedmiu Wysp after having installed new water management structures, thus restoring wetland habitats and improving agricultural practices in the surrounding areas. The Slonsk Reserve was designated as a National Park and provided with a management plan. Traditional cattle grazing was reintroduced for meadow management, and angling activities are now controlled. The site no longer suffers from early spring water deficits. Both Ramsar sites were removed from the Montreux Record on 5 November 2007.

25.    The Secretariat is in regular contact with all Administrative Authorities in charge of the 58 Ramsar sites remaining on the Montreux Record to clarify progress with local measures to avoid, compensate or mitigate ecological change and to prepare for their successful removal from the Record. Parties that have not recently submitted progress reports on the activities to improve the situation at these sites are encouraged to do so without delay. The Secretariat understands that, in some cases, removal from the Record only depends ipon the submission of a formal request for removal to the Secretariat, as the ecological problems have been successfully solved on site.

26.    The Standing Committee established the Ramsar Monitoring Procedure after COP3 in 1988 to give effect to Recommendation 3.9 on Change in ecological character of Ramsar sites. This procedure was since renamed the Ramsar Advisory Missions. Since COP9, three such missions have taken place.

  • NICARAGUA. In July 2005 the government of Nicaragua informed the Ramsar Secretariat about potential ecological changes in the Bluefields Bay Wetland System, as a possible consequence of a proposed all-weather road from Nueva Guinea to Bluefields. In order to assess the potential impacts of the project on the ecological character of the wetlands and its ecosystem benefits/services, a Ramsar Advisory Mission (RAM) visited the area, consulted with government officials, NGOs and local communities, and reviewed a number of studies. The mission took place between 29 November and 8 December 2005, and the report is available at http://www.ramsar.org/ram/ram_rpt_57s.htm.
  • SPAIN requested Ramsar’s advice regarding the new zoning plan adopted for the Albufera de Valencia Ramsar site, allowing for new urbanization developments, essentially for tourism. A Ramsar Advisory Mission took place in December 2006, and its report will soon be available at caxref:2077.
  • TANZANIA requested Ramsar’s advice regarding the possible threats to Lake Natron Basin Ramsar site. Ramsar Advisory Mission (RAM) No. 59 took place in February 2008 to provide advice to the government concerning the wise use and future management of the site, with particular reference to the proposed development of a soda ash facility that would abstract liquid brine from Lake Natron and process it at a nearby site. The RAM held wide-ranging consultations with local, district, national, regional and international stakeholders in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Longido, Loliondo, and a number of villages/locations in the area. The full report of the mission is available at caxref:3017.

27.    In recent communication with the Secretariat, or in their National Reports to COP10, the following three Parties have requested to benefit from a Ramsar Advisory Mission in the near future.

  • BULGARIA requested in its National Report to COP10 that the Secretariat organise a mission to advise on management problems of Durankulak Lake Ramsar site, listed on the Montreux Record since June 1993, and adjacent territories on the Black Sea coast.
  • KENYA requested a Ramsar Advisory Mission as part of the discussions concerning the ongoing threats to Lake Baringo and Lake Naivasha.
  • PANAMA requested a Ramsar Advisory Mission to recommend the best ways to address the threats to four of its Ramsar sites.

Annex 1

Ramsar Sites designated since COP9

In sum, 224 new Ramsar sites, covering 32,739,879 hectares, have designation dates between the preparation of the equivalent report to COP9 (20 September 2005) and 27 August 2008.

Notes:
1)     Certain Ramsar sites were added to the Ramsar List after COP9 but with designation dates, at the Parties’ instructions, before 20 September 2005 (for example, 16 sites in Algeria added to the List in January 2006 but with designation dates in December 2004. These do not show up on this list.
2)     Only sites actually present on the Ramsar List on 27 August 2008 are included – several Parties, most notably Mexico, have announced the designation of additional sites but the necessary paperwork for these has not yet been completed. Very likely, some of these will be finalized and added to the List prior to the opening of COP10.

Country

Site Name

Designation Date

Area (ha)

Albania

Lake Shkodra and River Buna

02/02/2006

49562

Argentina

Parque Provincial El Tromen

02/02/2006

30000

 

Reserva Natural Otamendi

22/03/2008

3000

 

Humedal Laguna Melincué

 

92000

Barbados

Graeme Hall Swamp

12/12/2005

33

Belarus

Prostyr

18/10/2005

9500

Belize

Sarstoon Temash National Park

19/10/2005

16955

Benin

Site Ramsar du Complexe W

02/02/2007

895480

 

Zone Humide de la Rivière Pendjari

02/02/2007

144774

Bosnia And Herzegovina

Bardaca Wetland (Bardaca mocvarni)

02/02/2007

3500

Cameroon

Waza Logone Floodplain

20/03/2006

600000

 

Barombi Mbo Crater Lake

08/10/2006

415

 

Partie camerounaise du fleuve Sangha

02/02/2008

6200

Central African Republic

Les Rivières de Mbaéré-Bodingué

05/12/2005

101300

Chad

Plaines d’inondation du Logone et les dépressions Toupouri

14/11/2005

2978900

 

Réserve de faune de Binder-Léré

14/11/2005

135000

 

Plaines d’inondation des Bahr Aouk et Salamat

01/05/2006

4922000

Colombia

Complejo de Humedales Laguna del Otún

25/06/2008

6579

 

Sistema Lacustre de Chingaza

25/06/2008

4058

Comoros

Le Karthala

12/11/2006

13000

 

Le Mont Ntringui

12/11/2006

3000

Congo

Cayo-Loufoualeba

13/12/2007

15366

 

Conkouati-Douli

13/12/2007

504950

 

Grands affluents

13/12/2007

5908074

 

Libenga

13/12/2007

59409

Cote Divoire

Complexe Sassandra-Dagbego

18/10/2005

10551

 

Fresco

18/10/2005

15507

 

Grand Bassam

18/10/2005

40210

 

Iles Ehotilé-Essouman

18/10/2005

27274

 

N’Ganda N’Ganda

18/10/2005

14402

Czech Republic

Krsnohorská raseliniste (Krusnohorska mountains mires)

22/12/2006

11224

Ecuador

Complejo de Humedales Ñucanchi Turupamba

05/06/2006

12290

 

Complejo Llanganati

25/06/2008

30355

El Salvador

Complejo Bahía de Jiquilisco

31/10/2005

63500

 

Embalse Cerrón Grande

22/11/2005

60698

Estonia

Sookuninga Nature Reserve

03/02/2006

5869

Fiji

Upper Navua Conservation Area

11/04/2006

615

France

Les Etangs littoraux de la Narbonnaise

02/02/2006

12334

 

Mares temporaires de TRE PADULE de SUARTONE

02/02/2007

218

Gabon

Site Ramsar des Monts Birougou

02/02/2007

536800

 

Parc National Akanda

02/02/2007

54000

 

Parc National Pongara

02/02/2007

92969

Gambia

Tanbi Wetlands Complex

02/02/2007

6304

Germany

Bayerische Wildalm

09/10/2007

7

Guatemala

Parque Nacional Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo

02/02/2006

37160

 

Eco-región Lachuá

24/05/2006

53523

 

Reserva de Usos Múltiples Río Sarstún

22/03/2007

35202

Guinea

Gambie-Koulountou

14/11/2005

281400

 

Gambie-Oundou-Liti

14/11/2005

527400

 

Bafing-Falémé

16/10/2007

517300

 

Bafing-Source

16/10/2007

317200

Hungary

Nyirkai-Hany

29/09/2006

460

 

Rába valley (Rába-völgy)

29/09/2006

10961

 

Felsö-Kiskunsági szikes puszták (Upper Kiskunság alkaline steppes)

29/09/2006

13632

 

Borsodi-MezQség

20/02/2008

17932

 

Montág-puszta

20/02/2008

 

India

Chandertal Wetland

08/11/2005

49

 

Hokera Wetland

08/11/2005

1375

 

Renuka Wetland

08/11/2005

20

 

Rudrasagar Lake

08/11/2005

240

 

Surinsar-Mansar Lakes

08/11/2005

350

 

Upper Ganga River (Brijghat to Narora Stretch)

08/11/2005

26590

Indonesia

Wasur National Park

16/03/2006

413810

Iraq

Hawizeh Marsh (Haur Al-Hawizeh)

17/10/2007

137700

Italy

Lago di San Giuliano

13/12/2006

2118

 

Pantano di Pignola

13/12/2006

172

 

Oasi del Sele-Serre Persano

13/12/2006

174

 

Oasi di Castelvolturno o Variconi

13/12/2006

195

Jamaica

Portland Bight Wetlands and Cays

02/02/2006

24542

Japan

Akan-ko

08/11/2005

1318

 

Akiyoshidai Groundwater System

08/11/2005

563

 

Furen-ko and Shunkuni-tai

08/11/2005

6139

 

Hotokenuma

08/11/2005

222

 

Imuta-ike

08/11/2005

60

 

Kabukuri-numa and the surrounding rice paddies

08/11/2005

423

 

Kerama-shoto Coral Reef

08/11/2005

353

 

Kuju Bogatsuru and Tadewara-shitsugen

08/11/2005

91

 

Kushimoto Coral Communities

08/11/2005

574

 

Mikata-goko

08/11/2005

1110

 

Nagura Ampuru

08/11/2005

157

 

Nakaumi

08/11/2005

8043

 

Notsuke-hanto and Notsuke-wan

08/11/2005

6053

 

Oku-Nikko-shitsugen

08/11/2005

260

 

Oze

08/11/2005

8711

 

Sarobetsu-genya

08/11/2005

2560

 

Shinji-ko

08/11/2005

7652

 

Tofutsu-ko

08/11/2005

900

 

Uryunuma-shitsugen

08/11/2005

624

 

Yakushima Nagata-hama

08/11/2005

10

Korea, Republic Of

Suncheon Bay

20/01/2006

3550

 

Mulyeongari-oreum

18/11/2006

31

 

Du-ung Wetland

20/12/2007

6

 

Moojechineup

20/12/2007

4

 

Muan Tidal Flat

14/01/2008

3589

Kyrgyz Republic

Chatyr Kul

08/11/2005

16100

Liberia

Gbedin Wetlands

24/08/2006

25

 

Kpatawee Wetlands

24/08/2006

835

 

Marshall Wetlands

24/08/2006

12168

 

Mesurado Wetlands

24/08/2006

6760

Macedonia, The Fyr

Dojran Lake (Dojransko Ezero)

02/08/2007

2696

Madagascar

Zones humides de Bedo

12/05/2007

1962

Malaysia

Kuching Wetlands National Park

08/11/2005

6610

Mauritius

Blue Bay Marine Park

31/01/2008

353

Mexico

Corredor Costero La Asamblea-San Francisquito

27/11/2005

44304

 

Laguna de Tamiahua

27/11/2005

88000

 

Cascadas de Texolo y su entorno

02/02/2006

500

 

Manglares y humedales de Tuxpan

02/02/2006

6870

 

Isla Rasa

02/02/2006

66

 

Estero de Punta Banda

02/02/2006

2393

 

Laguna de Atotonilco

18/03/2006

2850

 

Laguna Huizache Caimanero

02/02/2007

48283

 

Parque Estatal Lagunas de Yalahau

02/02/2007

5683

 

Cañón de Fernández

02/02/2008

17001

 

Ensenada de Pabellones

02/02/2008

40638

 

Humedal Los Comondú

02/02/2008

460959

 

Laguna de Babícora

02/02/2008

26045

 

Santuario Playa Boca de Apiza - El Chupadero - El Tecuanillo

02/02/2008

40

 

Zona Sujeta a Conservación Ecológica Sistema Lagunar Catazajá

02/02/2008

41058

 

Otoch Ma’ax Yetel Kooh

02/02/2008

5367

 

Laguna Xola-Paramán

02/02/2008

775

 

Rio Sabinas

02/02/2008

603123

 

Sistema Estuarino Boca del Cielo

02/02/2008

8931

 

Zona Sujeta a Conservación Ecológica Cabildo - Amatal

02/02/2008

2832

 

Humedales La Libertad

02/02/2008

5432

 

Zona Sujeta a Conservación Ecológica El Gancho - Murillo

02/02/2008

4643

 

Arroyos y Manantiales de Tanchachín

02/02/2008

1174

 

Balandra

02/02/2008

449

 

Bahía de San Quentin

02/02/2008

5438

 

La Tovara

02/02/2008

5733

 

Manglares de Nichupté

02/02/2008

4257

 

Parque Nacional Cabo Pulmo

02/02/2008

7100

Nepal

Gokyo and Associated Lakes

23/09/2007

7700

 

Gosaikunda and Associated Lakes

23/09/2007

1030

 

Phoksundo Lake

23/09/2007

494

 

Rara Lake

23/09/2007

1583

Nigeria

Lake Chad Wetlands in Nigeria

30/04/2008

607354

 

Apoi Creek Forests

30/04/2008

29213

 

Baturiya Wetland

30/04/2008

101095

 

Dagona Sanctuary Lake

30/04/2008

344

 

Foge Islands

30/04/2008

4229

 

Lower Kaduna-Middle Niger Floodplain

30/04/2008

229054

 

Maladumba Lake

30/04/2008

1860

 

Oguta Lake

30/04/2008

572

 

Pandam and Wase Lakes

30/04/2008

19742

 

Upper Orashi Forests

30/04/2008

25165

Peru

Humedal Lucre - Huacarpay

23/09/2006

1979

 

Lagunas Las Arreviatadas

15/07/2007

1250

Portugal

Bertiandos and S. Pedro of Arcos Lagoons

02/12/2005

346

 

Estrela Mountain upper Plateau and upper Zêzere River

02/12/2005

5075

 

‘Fajãs’ of Caldeira and Cubres Lagoons

02/12/2005

87

 

Mira Minde Polje and related Springs

02/12/2005

662

 

Mondego Estuary

02/12/2005

1518

Romania

Dumbravita Fishpond Complex (Complexul Piscicol Dumbravita)

02/02/2006

414

 

Mures Floodplain

02/02/2006

17166

 

Lake Techirghiol

23/03/2006

1462

Sao Tome And Principe

Ilots Tinhosas

21/08/2006

23

Serbia

Labudovo okno

01/05/2006

3733

 

Pestersko polje

01/05/2006

3455

 

Gornje Podunavlje

20/11/2007

22480

 

Vlasina

20/11/2007

3209

 

Zasavica

13/03/2008

1913

Slovak Republic

Caves of the Demanova Valley (Jaskyne Demänovskej doliny)

17/11/2006

1448

Slovenia

Cerknisko jezero z okolico (Lake Cerknica and its environs)

19/01/2006

7250

South Africa

Makuleke Wetlands

22/05/2007

7757

 

Prince Edward Islands

22/05/2007

37500

Spain

Paraje Natural Punta Entinas-Sabinar

19/02/2007

1948

 

Reserva Natural Lagunas de Campillos

19/02/2007

1342

 

Reserva Natural Laguna del Chinche

19/02/2007

221

 

Reserva Natural Laguna Honda

19/02/2007

368

 

Paraje Natural Lagunas de Palos y las Madres

19/02/2007

635

 

Humedales y Turberas de Padul

19/02/2007

327

 

Reserva Natural Laguna de los Jarales

19/02/2007

147

 

Reserva Natural Laguna de Tíscar

19/02/2007

185

 

Reserva Natural Laguna del Conde o El Salobral

19/02/2007

345

 

Paraje Natural Brazo del Este

19/02/2007

1362

 

Reserva Natural Complejo Endorreico de Espera

19/02/2007

514

 

Humedales de la Sierra de Urbión

19/02/2007

86

 

Humedales del Macizo de Peñalara

19/02/2007

487

 

Parque Nacional de Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

19/02/2007

39979

Sudan

Sudd

05/06/2006

5700000

Togo

Bassin versant Oti-Mandouri

02/02/2008

425000

 

Zones Humides du Littoral du Togo

02/02/2008

591000

Tunisia

Ain Dahab

07/11/2007

560

 

Bahiret el Bibane

07/11/2007

39266

 

Barrage Lebna

07/11/2007

1147

 

Chott El Jerid

07/11/2007

586187

 

Djerba Bin El Ouedian

07/11/2007

12082

 

Djerba Guellala

07/11/2007

2285

 

Djerba Ras Rmel

07/11/2007

1856

 

Garaet Sidi Mansour

07/11/2007

2426

 

Iles Kneiss avec leurs zones intertidales

07/11/2007

22027

 

Lac et tourbière de Mejen Ech Chitan

07/11/2007

7

 

Lagune de Ghar el Melh et Delta de la Mejerda

07/11/2007

10168

 

Lagunes du Cap Bon oriental

07/11/2007

504

 

Les Tourbières de Dar Fatma

07/11/2007

13

 

Salines de Thyna

07/11/2007

3343

 

Sebkhet Kelbia

07/11/2007

8732

 

Sebkhet Noual

11/07/2007

17060

 

Sebkhet Sejoumi

07/11/2007

2979

 

Sebkhet Soliman

07/11/2007

880

 

Zones humides oasiennes de Kebili

07/11/2007

2419

Turkey

Kizören Obrouk

02/05/2006

127

U.A.E.

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

29/08/07

620

Uganda

Lake Bisina Wetland System

15/09/2006

54229

 

Lake Mburo-Nakivali Wetland System

15/09/2006

26834

 

Lake Nakuwa Wetland System

15/09/2006

91150

 

Lake Opeta Wetland System

15/09/2006

68912

 

Lutembe Bay Wetland System

15/09/2006

98

 

Mabamba Bay Wetland System

15/09/2006

2424

 

Murchison Falls-Albert Delta Wetland System

15/09/2006

17293

 

Nabajjuzi Wetland system

15/09/2006

1753

 

Sango Bay-Musambwa Island-Kagera Wetland Sustem (SAMUKA)

15/09/2006

55110

UK

Lihou Island and l’Erée Headland, Guernsey

01/03/2006

427

 

Ballaugh Curragh

06/09/2006

193

 

Magheraveely Marl Loughs

03/07/2007

59

USA

Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

18/04/2008

21

 

Francis Beidler Forest

30/05/2008

6438

Yemen

[Detwah Lagoon]

08/10/2007

 

Zambia

Lukanga Swamps

08/11/2005

260000

 

Busanga Swamps

02/02/2007

200000

 

Luangwa Flood Plains

02/02/2007

250000

 

Mweru wa Ntipa

02/02/2007

490000

 

Zambezi Floodplains

02/02/2007

900000

 

Tanganyika

02/02/2007

230000


Annex 2

List of Ramsar sites where the original area figures have been significantly changed since COP9 for reasons of extension of boundaries or recalculation of the existing boundaries using improved technology. (Minor adjustments have not been included.)

Country

Site

Designation

Up-date

Reason for change

Original area (ha)

Revised area (ha)

Argentina

Lagunas de Guanacache, Desaguadero y del Bebedero

1999

2008

Extension

580,000

962,370

Austria

Untere Lobau

1982

2006

Recalc’n

1,039

915

Botswana

Okavango Delta System.

1996

2007

Recalc’n

6,864,000

5,537,400

Croatia

Kopacki Rit

1993

2007

Extension

17,770

23,894

Cyprus

Larnaca Salt Lake

2001

2008

Recalc’n

1,585

1,107

Hungary

Lakes of Tata

1989

2007

Extension

269

1,633

Latvia

Lake Kaneiris

1993

2006

Extension

1,200

1,995

Mexico

Playa Torutguera Chankán

2004

2008

Extension

100

187

Poland

Lake of Seven Islands

1984

2007

Extension

999

1,618

Poland

Luknajo NR

1977

2007

Extension

710

1,189

Poland

Slowinski National Park

1995

2007

Extension

18,247

32,744

Poland

Warta River Mouth NP

1984

2007

Extension

4,235

7,956

Spain

Doñana

1982

2007

Extension

50,720

111,646

UK

Humber Estuary

1994

2007

Extension

15,203

37,988

Zambia

Bangweulu

1991

2007

Extension

 

1,100,000

Zambia

Kafue Flats

1991

2007

Extension

 

600,500


Annex 3a

List of Ramsar sites in which human-induced negative changes have occurred, are occurring or are likely to occur (Article 3.2), as indicated in COP10 National Reports

Note. This annex includes only those cases reported in National Reports received by the time of this analysis.

Country

Sites

Algeria

Lac Tongo, Oasis d’Oule Said

Armenia

Lake Sevan

Australia

Narran Lake Nature Reserve (positive change)

Austria

Donau-March-Thaya-Auen, Stauseen am Unteren Inn

Belarus

Yelnia, Osveyski, Sporovsky, Zvanets

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Hutovo Blato

Bulgaria

Belene Islands Complex, Srebarna Lake, Durankulak Lake

Comoros

Khartala, Mt Ntrigui

Croatia

Nature Park Kopacki Rit

Denmark (Greenland)

Heden (Jameson Land)

Iceland

Grunnafjördur, Myvatn-Laxá region (part), Thjörsárver

India

Kolleru Lake (positive change)

Iraq

Hawizeh Marshes

Kenya

Lake Baringo, Lake Naivasha

Liberia

Mesurado River, Lake Piso

Mauritania

Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, Parc National du Diawling

Lebanon

Palm Islands Nature Reserve

Montenegro

Skadar Lake

Nigeria

Nguru lake

Norway

Froan, Åkersvika, Ilene/Presterødkilen, Kurefjorden, Øra

Romania

Danube Delta

Spain

Albufera de Valencia, Doñana, Las Tablas de Daimiel, Queja del Marjal de Pego-Oliva, s’Albufera de Mallorca, Txingudi

Sweden

Umeälv delta

Tanzania

Lake Natron

Ukraine

Kyliiske Mouth

Zambia

Kafue Flats

Annex 3b

List of Ramsar sites for which first reports of human-induced negative changes having occurred, is occurring or is likely to occur (Article 3.2) were received by the Secretariat from third parties and followed-up with the Administrative Authorities

Party

Ramsar Site

Albania

Lake Shkodra and River Buna

Algeria

Réserve intégrale du Lac El Mellah

Argentina

Reserva Natural Otamendi, Bañados del Río Dulce y Laguna de Mar Chiquita, Bahía Samborombón, Laguna Llancanelo

Australia

Becher Point Wetlands, Bowling Green Bay, Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert,Great Sandy Strait (including Great Sandy Strait, Tin Can Bay, and Tin Can Inlet), Gwydir Wetlands: Gingham and Lower Gwydir (Big Leather) Watercourses, Macquarie Marshes,Moreton Bay, Peel-Yalgorup system, Western Port Bay

Belgium

Marais de Harchies

Belize

Sarstoon Temash National Park

Bolivia

Lago Poopo y Uru Uru

Bulgaria

Belene Islands Complex

China

Dalai Lake National Nature Reserve

Colombia

Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta

Congo

Cayo-Loufoualeba,

Croatia

Delta Neretve

Denmark (Greenland)

Henden (Jameson Land)

DR Congo

Parc national des Virunga

Georgia

Wetlands of Central Kolkheti

Guatemala

Punta de Manabique

Honduras

Parque Nacional Jeanette Kawas

India

East Calcutta Wetlands, Keoladeo National Park, Kolleru Lake, Loktak Lake, Sasthamkotta Lake,

Kenya

Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo

Liberia

Lake Piso

Mauritania

Chat Tboul

Mexico

Reserva de la Biosfera Chamela-Cuixmala, Reserva de Biosfera Ría Lagartos, Playa Tortuguera Chenkán

Moldova

Lower Prut Lakes

Montenegro

Skadarsko Jezero

Morocco

Embouchure de la Moulaya

Mozambique

Maromeu Complex

Netherlands

Bargerveen, Naardermeer

Norway

Åkersvika, Froan Nature Reserve

Panama

Bahía de Panamá

Perú

Reserva Nacional de Paracas

Poland

Biebrzanski National Park

Russian Federation

Lower Dvuobje, Moroshechnaya River, Volga Delta

Serbia

Stari Begej/Carska Bara Special Nature Reserve

Sri Lanka

Bundala National Park

Slovenia

Lake Cerknica and its environs

South Africa

Orange River Basin, Langebaan

Spain

Albufera de Valencia, Marjal de Pego-Oliva, S’Albufera de Mallorca, Txingudi

Sudan

Sudd marshlands

Tanzania

Lake Natron

Turkey

Sultan Marshes

USA

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Venezuela

Cuare

Ukraine

Kyliiske Mouth

United Arab Emirates

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Santuary

United Kingdom

Exe Estuary, Lewis Peatlands

Zambia

Bangweulu Swamps


Notes

1. Article 2.5 of the Convention states that “Any Contracting Party shall have the right to add to the List further wetlands situated within its territory, to extend the boundaries of those wetlands already included by it in the List, or, because of its urgent national interests, to delete or restrict the boundaries of wetlands already included by it in the List and shall, at the earliest possible time, inform the organization or government responsible for the continuing bureau duties specified in Article 8 of any such changes.”

2.  Article 3.2 in turn states that: “Each Contracting Party shall arrange to be informed at the earliest possible time if the ecological character of any wetland in its territory and included in the List has changed, is changing or is likely to change as the result of technological developments, pollution or other human interference. Information on such changes shall be passed without delay to the organization or government responsible for the continuing bureau duties specified in Article 8.”

For reasons of economy, this document is printed in a limited number, and will not be distributed at the meeting. Delegates are requested to bring their copies to the meeting and not to request additional copies.

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