The Ramsar 'Toolkit', third edition (2007)
The Ramsar Handbooks for the Wise Use of Wetlands, 3rd edition
This 3rd edition of the Ramsar handbooks replaces the series published in May 2004. It includes relevant guidance adopted by several meetings of the Conference of the Parties, in particular COP7 (1999), COP8 (2002), and COP9 (2005), as well as selected background documents presented at these COPs.
This series has been prepared by the Secretariat of the Convention following each of the 7th, 8th and 9th meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP7, COP8, and COP9) held, respectively, in San José, Costa Rica, in May 1999, Valencia, Spain, in November 2002, and Kampala, Uganda, in November 2005. The guidelines on various matters adopted by the Parties at those and earlier COPs have been prepared as a series of handbooks to assist those with an interest in, or directly involved with, implementation of the Convention at the international, regional, national, subnational or local levels.
Each handbook brings together, subject by subject, the various relevant guidances adopted by Parties, supplemented by additional material from COP information papers, case studies and other relevant publications so as to illustrate key aspects of the guidelines. The handbooks are available in the three working languages of the Convention (English, French, and Spanish).
The Handbooks for the Wise Use of Wetlands,
3rd ed. (PDF format)
|All 17 Handbooks in English (PDF, in ZIP file)||38MB|
Note: The Handbook pages are laid out for A4 size paper printed at 100%; readers intending to print to "letter-size" (8.5x11") paper should set their Acrobat printer set-up to "scale to fit" or something similar.
Copyright © 2007, Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Citation: Ramsar Convention Secretariat, 2007. Ramsar handbooks for the wise use of wetlands, 3rd edition. Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Gland, Switzerland.
Reproduction of material from this publication for educational and other non-commercial purposes is authorized without prior permission from the Ramsar Secretariat, providing full acknowledgement is given.
Series Editors: Sandra Hails, Dwight Peck
Series Supervisor: Nick Davidson
Design and layout: Dwight Peck
Additional support for the French and Spanish versions: Danièle and Richard Devitre, Javier Casáis
This 3rd edition of the Ramsar handbooks series has been made possible through generous contributions from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Handbooks on the Wise Use of Wetlands on CD-ROM.
The Ramsar Handbooks include all of the guidelines adopted by the Conference of the Contracting Parties, as well as a good deal of additional illustrative material, and this 3rd edition has been updated through the 9th meeting of the COP in November 2005. The CD-ROM includes all 17 of the Handbooks in Adobe PDF format in English, French, and Spanish versions, with a Web-based interface. The CD-ROM can be ordered free of charge by contacting Ramsar's Montse Riera (email@example.com) and specifying postal address and number wanted. We sincerely hope that the Handbooks will be useful to you as you progress toward realizing the objectives of the Convention.