The Guidelines adopted by the Conference of the Contracting Parties

These are the guidance documents officially adopted by the meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties from 1990 through 2012.

The latest versions of all of the most important guidelines can be found in the Ramsar Handbooks series.
The Convention's Programme on communication, education, participation and awareness (CEPA) 2009-2015 (2008)
Programme on communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) 2003-2008 of the Convention on Wetlands (2002, superseded)
The Convention's Outreach Programme 1999-2002 (1999, superseded)
Energy sector
Guidance for addressing the implications for wetlands of policies, plans and activities in the energy sector (2012)
Groundwater management
Guidelines for the management of groundwater to maintain wetland ecological character (2005)
Principles and guidelines for incorporating wetland issues into Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) (2002)
Impact assessment
International cooperation
Guidelines for international cooperation under the Ramsar Convention (1999)
An Integrated Framework for wetland inventory, assessment and monitoring (2005)
A Framework for Wetland Inventory (2002)
Laws and institutions
Guidelines for reviewing laws and institutions to promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands (1999)
Management planning
New Guidelines for management planning for Ramsar sites and other wetlands (2002)
Guidelines on management planning for Ramsar sites and other wetlands (1993, superseded)
Principles for the planning and management of urban and peri-urban wetlands (2012)
Montreux Record
Guidelines for the operation of the Montreux Record (1996)
The Montreux Record Questionnaire (1996) (Word)
National wetland policies
Guidelines for developing and implementing National Wetland Policies (1999)
Participation in management
Guidelines for establishing and strengthening local communities' and indigenous people's participation in the management of wetlands (1999)
Guidelines for Global Action on Peatlands (GAP) (2002)
Poverty eradication and wetlands
An Integrated Framework for linking wetland conservation and wise use with poverty eradication (2012)
Ramsar List
Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance (2008)
The Criteria for identifying Wetlands of International Importance (2005)
Guidance for the consideration of the deletion or restriction of the boundaries of a listed Ramsar site (2005)
General guidance for interpreting "urgent national interests" under Article 2.5 of the Convention and considering compensation under Article 4.2 (2002)
Rapid assessment
Guidelines for the rapid assessment of inland, coastal and marine wetland biodiversity (2005)
Principles and guidelines for wetland restoration (2002)
Risk assessment
Wetland Risk Assessment Framework (1999)
River basin management
Guidelines for integrating wetland conservation and wise use into river basin management (1999)
River basin management: additional guidance and a framework for the analysis of case studies (2005)
Tourism, recreation, and wetlands
Issues for stakeholders to address in achieving sustainable tourism and recreation in and around wetlands  (2012)
Under-represented wetland types
Guidance for identifying and designating peatlands, wet grasslands, mangroves and coral reefs as Wetlands of International Importance (2002) [also incorporated into the Strategic Framework]
Water and water allocation
An Integrated Framework for the Ramsar Convention's water-related guidance (2005)
Guidelines for the allocation and management of water for maintaining the ecological functions of wetlands (2002)
Wetland losses
An Integrated Framework and guidelines for avoiding, mitigating and compensating for wetland losses (2012)
Wise Use concept
A Conceptual Framework for the wise use of wetlands and the maintenance of their ecological character (2005)
Guidelines on the implementation of the wise use concept (1990)
Additional guidance on the implementation of the wise use concept (1993)
The Convention's processes
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