Key Documents of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

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Index to Key Documents

Accession instrument (model)Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)
Ad Hoc Working GroupRamsar Manual (guide to the Convention)
Administrative Authorities (implementing agencies)Ramsar sites (Wetlands of International Importance)
Classification System for Wetland TypeRamsar Technical Reports series
Conference of the Parties reports, decisionsRamsar Wetland Conservation Awards
Contracting Parties (member States) Resolutions and Recommendations of the COP
Convention text and amendmentsRules of procedure for the COP
Criteria for identifying Ramsar sitesScientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP)
Diplomatic notifications to the PartiesSmall Grants Fund assistance programme
Focal points: education and public awarenessSpeeches by Ramsar personnel
Focal points: national implementing agenciesStanding Committee matters
Focal points: Scientific and Technical Review PanelStrategic Framework for the Ramsar List

Handbooks on wise use of wetlands

Strategic Plan 2009-2012
Montreux Record of sites requiring attentionSwiss Grant for Africa
National Reports (COP8, 2002)(COP9, 2005)Transboundary Ramsar Sites (TRS)
National Wetland Policies, StrategiesWetlands for the Future assistance programme
Partnerships: Memoranda of CooperationWise Use Resource Centre
Ramsar Advisory Mission reportsWork plans of the Convention; Secretariat; STRP

Convention text and Lists of Parties and sites

The Convention's Key Texts index page
links to (in English, Français, and Español):

  • The present text of the Ramsar Convention, 2 February 1971
  • The Final Act that accompanied the signing of the Convention, Ramsar, Iran, 1971
  • The Paris Protocol amending the Convention, 1982
  • The Amendments to Articles 6 and 7 (Regina Amendments), 1987
  • The List of Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention (latest version)
  • Ratifications of the Convention, Protocol, and Amendments (unofficial list)
  • The List of Wetlands of International Importance ("Ramsar sites") (latest version)
  • Annotated Ramsar List and Ramsar sites in order of designation

The Convention's Key Lists index page links to:

  • The List of Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention (latest version)
  • The List of Wetlands of International Importance (the "Ramsar List") (latest version)
  • The List of Administrative Authorities in the Contracting Parties
  • The List of members of the Standing Committee
  • The List of members of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP)
  • The List of National Focal Points for the STRP
  • The List of National Focal Points for Communication, Education, and Public Awareness
  • The Montreux Record of Ramsar sites requiring priority attention
  • The List of applications of the Ramsar Advisory Mission

Strategic and Work Plans, Resolutions and Recommendations

The Strategic Plan 2009-2012 (English, Français, Español)

The Strategic Plan 2003-2008 (English, Français, Español)

The Strategic Plan 1997-2002 (English, Français, Español)

The Ramsar Convention Work Plan, 2006-2008 (En, Fr, Es),2000-2002 (En, Fr,Es)

The Ramsar Secretariat's Work Plan 2009, 2007, 2006 (En, Fr, Es), 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) Work Plan, 2009-2012

Decisions of the Conferences of the Contracting Parties

Guidance documents adopted as annexes to the decisions

10th Meeting of the COP, Changwon, 2008
(English, Español, and Français)

Resolutions
[no recommendations]

4th Meeting of the COP, Montreux, 1990
(English, Español, and Français)

Resolutions
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9th Meeting of the COP, Kampala, 2005
(English, Español, and Français)

Resolutions
[no recommendations]

3rd Meeting of the COP, Regina, 1987
(English, Español, and Français)

Resolutions
Recommendations

8th Meeting of the COP, Valencia, 2002
(English, Español, and Français)

Resolutions
[no recommendations]

2nd Meeting of the COP, Groningen, 1984
(English, Español, and Français)

Recommendations
[no resolutions]

7th Meeting of the COP, San José,
1999
(English, Español, and Français)

Resolutions
Recommendations

1st Meeting of the COP, Cagliari,
1980
(English, Español, and Français)

Recommendations
[no resolutions]

6th Meeting of the COP, Brisbane,
1996
(English, Español, and Français)

Resolutions
Recommendation

International Conference on the Conservation of Wetlands and Waterfowl (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) (English and Español)

Recommendations

5th Meeting of the COP, Kushiro,
1993
(English, Español, and Français)

Resolutions
Recommendations

International Conference on the Conservation of Wetlands and Waterfowl, (Heiligenhafen, Germany, 1974)

Recommendations


"Conference of Party (COP) Decision Search Tool" (ENTRI, SEDAC, Center for International Earth Science Information Network - CIESIN)

Special: The "Daft Resolutions": Kushiro, Brisbane, San José


Conference Reports from the COPs (i.e., minutes, participants, etc.)

COP10, Changwon, 2008 (English, Français, Español)
Other materials from COP10
COP9, Kampala, 2005 (English, Français, Español)
Other materials from COP9
COP8, Valencia, 2002 (English, Français, Español)
Other materials from COP8
COP7, San José, 1999 (English, Français, Español)
Other materials from COP7
COP6, Brisbane, 1996 (English, Français, Español)
Other materials from COP6
COP5, Kushiro, 1993 (English, Français, Español)
DOC.5.16: Review of implementation since COP4
COP4, Montreux, 1990 (English)
DOC.4.18: Review of implementation since COP3
COP3, Regina, 1987 (English)
COP2, Groningen, 1984 (English)
COP1, Cagliari, 1980 (English)
Heiligenhafen, Germany, 1974 (English)
Ramsar, Iran, 1971 (English, Español)

Diplomatic Notifications

Diplomatic Notifications for 2009 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 2008 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 2007 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 2006 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 2005 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 2004 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 2003 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 2002 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 2001 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 2000 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 1999 (English, French, and Spanish)
Diplomatic Notifications for 1998 (English, French, and Spanish)


Criteria and Guidelines

The Criteria and Guidelines index page links to (in English, Français, and Español):

  • Programme on communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) 2003-2008 of the Convention on Wetlands (2002)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Guidelines for reviewing laws and institutions to promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands (1999)
  • New Guidelines for management planning for Ramsar sites and other wetlands (2002)
  • Guidelines for the operation of the Montreux Record (1996)
  • Guidelines for developing and implementing National Wetland Policies (1999)
  • 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)
  • Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance (3rd edition, 2006)
  • Guidelines for the rapid assessment of inland, coastal and marine wetland biodiversity (2005)
  • Principles and guidelines for wetland restoration (2002)
  • Wetland Risk Assessment Framework (1999)
  • 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)
  • Guidance on signs at Ramsar sites (1996)
  • Guidance for identifying and designating peatlands, wet grasslands, mangroves and coral reefs as Wetlands of International Importance (2002)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • General guidance for interpreting "urgent national interests" under Article 2.5 of the Convention and considering compensation under Article 4.2 (2002)
  • Criteria and procedures for the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award (2007)
  • Rules of procedure for the Conference of the Contracting Parties (2008)
  • General requirements for and indicative costs of holding an Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention (2002)

Ramsar Small Grants Fund

The Ramsar SGF index page links to (in English, Français, and Español):

  • The SGF Operational Guidelines 2003-2005
  • Application and reporting forms for the SGF
  • The SGF Project Allocations Reports, 1992-2002
  • The "Critical Evaluation" of the SGF prepared for COP7, 1999
  • News items on completed SGF projects
  • Advice on preparing project proposals

Wetlands for the Future

The Wetlands for the Future Fund index page links to (in English and Español):

  • The Memoranda of Understanding between the Ramsar Convention and the United States Government, October 1997 and January 2004
  • The "Operational Guidelines" and application forms for 2000-2002
  • The Checklists of Projects Supported 1995-2000

Swiss Grant for Africa

The Swiss Grant for Africa index page links to:

  • Annual reports of the disbursement of funds for Ramsar projects in Africa

Ramsar Information Sheet

The RIS index page links to (in English, Français, and Español):

  • The form of the Information Sheet for Ramsar Wetlands (RIS)
  • The 'Explanatory Note and Guidelines'
  • The Classification System for Wetland Type
  • The Criteria for Identifying Wetlands of International Importance

Standing Committee and STRP Matters

The Standing Committee index page links to (in English, Français, and Español):

  • The present composition of the Standing Committee
  • The Minutes (often with Decisions, Participants, Agenda Documentation, and Photos) of the1st through the 40th meetings (1987-2009)

The Scientific and Technical Panel index page links to (in English, Français, and Español):

  • The STRP's work plan 2009-2012
  • The present composition of the Panel
  • STRP National Focal Points: members, terms of reference
  • The Minutes, Decisions, and Photos of the 5th to 15th meetings (1997-2009)

Memoranda of Understanding and Cooperation

Find here theTexts of cooperative agreementswith the Conventions on Biological Diversity, Mediterranean Marine Environment (Barcelona), Caribbean Marine Environment (Cartagena), Desertification, Migratory Species, South Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), World Heritage, Man and the Biosphere Programme, and with BirdLife International, Eurosite, Global Nature Fund, IAIA, ICPDR, IUCN, IWMI, Lake Chad Basin Commission and Niger Basin Authority, LakeNet, The Nature Conservancy, the Society of Wetland Scientists, Wetland Link International, Wetlands International, and WWF International, among others.


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