Recommendation 4.7: Mechanisms for improved application of the Ramsar Convention

4th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
Montreux, Switzerland
27 June-4 July 1990

RECALLING that the Ramsar Monitoring Procedure [*note] was established by the Standing Committee at its first meeting after the Regina Conference, in order to give effect to Recommendation 3.9 on Change in ecological character of Ramsar sites;

ACKNOWLEDGING with gratitude the special funding provided for operation of the Monitoring Procedure both by Contracting Parties and by non-governmental organizations, and the many expressions of support for the Monitoring Procedure at the present meeting;

EMPHASIZING the need, as the Ramsar List grows, for the Convention to have a small but effective database, using a standardized data sheet and wetland classification, as provided for in Recommendation 2.3 adopted at the second meeting of the Conference in Groningen;

EXPRESSING its thanks to the Contracting Parties which provided expertise and finance for development and implementation of the database;

THE CONFERENCE OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES

ENDORSES the measure taken by the Standing Committee to establish a Ramsar Monitoring Procedure (the revised text of which is appended as Annex 1 to the present Recommendation), and instructs the Bureau to continue to operate this procedure when it receives information on adverse, or likely adverse changes in ecological character at Ramsar sites;

DETERMINES that Monitoring Procedure reports shall be public documents once the Contracting Party concerned has had an opportunity to study the reports and comment on them;

RECOMMENDS that the data sheet developed for the description of Ramsar sites (the text of which is appended as Annex 2 Part A to the present Recommendation) be used by Contracting Parties and the Bureau in presenting information for the Ramsar database, and as appropriate in other contexts;

FURTHER RECOMMENDS that the classification system for "wetland type" developed for the description of Ramsar sites (the text of which is appended as Annex 2 Part B to the present Recommendation) be used by Contracting Parties and the Bureau in presenting information for the Ramsar database and as appropriate for other purposes; and

REQUESTS the Standing Committee to oversee the application of the Monitoring Procedure and the use of the database and classification system for "wetland type", and to investigate the need for a Convention Scientific Committee, which would review the above matters and other questions as appropriate.



* Note: By virtue of Resolution VI.14 (1996), the Contracting Parties changed the name of the Monitoring Procedure to the "Management Guidance Procedure." By Resolution VII.12 (1999), the name was changed again to "Ramsar Advisory Mission".

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