Launch of Ramsar’s new series: Scientific and Technical Briefing Notes


The Secretariat and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) are pleased to announce the launch of a new series of Ramsar publications: Briefing Notes, a series of occasional communications on scientific and technical matters relevant to wetlands and to Convention implementation. These are published in English in electronic form (PDF), and when resources permit they will be published also in French and Spanish, the other official languages of the Convention.

The purpose of these Briefing Notes is to provide a means to share relevant and interesting scientific and technical information with diverse audiences within Ramsar and in the wetlands community more generally. While Briefing Notes are scientific in nature, they are generally not as detailed as Ramsar Technical Reports and are written in less formal language in order to make them more broadly accessible. Briefing Notes can cover a range of topics, including tasks within the STRP work programme as well as other emerging or current scientific issues of interest to the Convention. 

The first two Briefing Notes in the series are now available and can be downloaded from here. Number 1 provides an overview of the series, while Number 2 addresses the issue of increasing demand for water storage capacity and what this could mean for wetlands in the future. Many of the information papers which have been provided by the STRP to support scientific and technical Draft Resolutions for the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (Ramsar COP11) will also be published in the Briefing Notes series during the time before the COP.

For more information, contact the Secretariat

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