Review procedure for listed sites which may not qualify under any of the Criteria established by Recommendation 4.2

5th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
Kushiro, Japan
9-16 June 1993

Resolution 5.3, Annex 1

1. The Convention Bureau, in conjunction with the Scientific and Technical Review Panel, shall undertake a review of information submitted by the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar database concerning listed sites.

2. The Convention Bureau shall identify any sites which, according to the information available, did not, at the time of designation, qualify under any of the criteria established by Recommendation 4.2 approved by the Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties. Should any such site be identified, the Convention Bureau shall consult the Contracting Party concerned in order to seek more information.

3. When, following consultation between the Convention Bureau and the Contracting Party concerned, it is agreed that the site definitely failed, at the time of designation, to qualify under any of the criteria, steps shall be taken jointly by the Convention Bureau and the Contracting Party to evaluate whether or not any measures can be introduced to extend, enhance, or restore the wetland's functions and values to such a degree that it would qualify for inclusion in the List.

4. When, following consultation between the Convention Bureau and the Contracting Party concerned, it is agreed that a site failed at the time of designation to qualify under any of the criteria, and that there is no possibility of extension, enhancement, or restoration of its functions or values, it shall instruct the Convention Bureau to remove the site from the List and shall apply the provisions for compensation, as provided in Article 4.2 of the Convention.

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