Resolution VII.13: Guidelines for identifying and designating karst and other subterranean hydrological systems as Wetlands of International Importance

COP7's logo"People and Wetlands: The Vital Link"
7th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971),
San José, Costa Rica, 10-18 May 1999

1. RECALLING Resolution VI.5, which added “subterranean karst and cave hydrological systems” to the Ramsar classification system for wetland type and urged Contracting Parties “to assess the significance of karst and cave wetland systems within their territories and to consider their designation for the List [of Wetlands of International Importance]”;

2. AWARE of the important functions and values of karst and other subterranean hydrological systems, including the provision of vital services to human communities as well as intrinsic value for the conservation of biological diversity;

3. RECOGNIZING that conservation and sustainable use of such systems requires unified consideration of both surface and subterranean wetland components;

4. NOTING that IUCN-The World Conservation Union has published “Guidelines for Cave and Karst Protection”;

5. GRATEFUL to the Government of Slovenia for having hosted a Central European workshop on this issue in September 1998, which resulted in draft guidelines for applying the Ramsar Criteria to identify karst and other subterranean hydrological systems of international importance, and for completing the Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands for such sites;

THE CONFERENCE OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES

6. ADOPTS for application by Contracting Parties and others the attached:

a) Guidelines for identifying and designating karst and other subterranean hydrological systems as Wetlands of International Importance, in Annex I, and

b) the related additions to the Guidelines for completing the Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands, in Annex II;

7. URGES Contracting Parties to include and consider karst and other subterranean hydrological systems in their wetland inventories, wetland policies, and wetland management planning, to ensure, as far as possible, the maintenance of the ecological character of these systems and hence of their functions and values;

8. CALLS ON Contracting Parties to renew their efforts to designate appropriate examples of karst and other subterranean hydrological systems for the List of Wetlands of International Importance, taking into consideration the Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance (Resolution VII.11);

9. REQUESTS Contracting Parties to report to the 8th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties on progress made with initiatives for the conservation and wise use of karst and other subterranean hydrological systems;

10. INSTRUCTS the Ramsar Bureau to integrate, as appropriate, the Annexes to this Resolution into the Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance (Resolution VII.11).


Annex

Guidelines for identifying and designating karst and other subterranean hydrological systems as Wetlands of International Importance

[The Guidelines have been incorporated into the Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance.]

Follow us 
Ramsar Awards 

The Convention today

Number of » Contracting Parties: 168 Sites designated for the
» List of Wetlands of
International Importance
2,186 Total surface area of designated sites (hectares): 208,674,247

Ramsar Secretariat

Rue Mauverney 28
CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 22 999 0170
Fax: +41 22 999 0169
E-Mail: ramsar@ramsar.org
Map: click here

Ramsar Forum: subscribe