Ramsar Handbooks for the wise use of wetlands

08/02/2013

Additional translations of the Ramsar Handbooks for the Wise Use of Wetlands

All of the Ramsar Handbooks, like all of the Convention's official documentation, are published in the three working languages mandated by the Conference of the Parties: English, French, and Spanish. To make these materials more widely available than that, however, in some cases, with help from some Parties and organizations, it has been possible to provide selected volumes in additional languages. These additional publications have not themselves been adopted by the Conference of the Parties.

This series has been prepared by the Secretariat of the Convention following each of the meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties -- the latest edition in English, French, and Spanish is the 4th (© 2010), but the translations below have been made from the 3d edition (2007), which is in most cases very similar.

The guidelines on various matters have been adopted by the COP 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 in order to illustrate and amplify key aspects of the guidelines. The Secretariat welcomes suggestions and offers from interested organizations for finding means to provide some of them in additional languages.

The Ramsar Convention Handbooksfor the wise use of wetlands
Wise use of wetlands

Arabic

Russian

Handbook 1
Wise use of wetlands
A Conceptual Framework for the wise use of wetlands
2.4MB

Arabic

Russian

Handbook 6
Wetland CEPA
The Convention’s Programme on communication, education, participation, and public awareness (CEPA) 2009-2015


Arabic

 

Handbook 12
Coastal management
Wetland issues in Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Arabic

Handbook 15
Wetland inventory
A Ramsar framework for wetland inventory and ecological character description

Russian

Handbook 16
Impact assessment
Guidelines on biodiversity-inclusive environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment
 
Wetland policies and legislation

Arabic

Russian

Handbook 2
National Wetland Policies
Developing and implementing National Wetland Policies
1.7MB
Wetland inventory, assessment, and monitoring

Russian

Handbook 12
Wetland inventory

A Ramsar Framework for wetland inventory
1.7MB
Convention pillar 2: Ramsar sites designation and management
Wetlands of International Importance

Arabic

Russian

Handbook 14
Designating Ramsar Sites

Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance
2.9MB

Russian

Handbook 15
Addressing change in ecological character
2.0MB
Managing wetlands

Arabic

Russian

Handbook 16
Managing wetlands

Frameworks for managing Ramsar sites and other wetlands
2.8MB

 

A complement to the Ramsar Handbooks:
The Ramsar Convention Manual, 6th edition (2013)

A 112-page overview of the Ramsar Convention, its history and present structures, the services it provides, the workings of the Conference of the Parties, the Standing Committee, the Scientific and Technical Review Panel, and the Secretariat, along with a brief guide to further information, the guidance documents, and the Resolutions and Recommendations of the COP. The 6th edition is current as of January 2013.



The 4th edition of the Ramsar Manual (2006) is also available in PDF format in Arabic and Russian.


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