Ramsar Handbooks for the wise use of wetlands
The Ramsar Handbooks for the wise use of wetlands, 4th edition
This 4th edition of the Ramsar handbooks replaces all previous editions of this series. It includes relevant guidance adopted by several meetings of the Conference of the Parties, in particular COP7 (1999), COP8 (2002), COP9 (2005), and COP10 (2008), 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, 9th, and 10th meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP7, COP8, COP9, and COP10) held, respectively, in San José, Costa Rica, in May 1999; Valencia, Spain, in November 2002; Kampala, Uganda, in November 2005; and Changwon, Republic of Korea, in October-November 2008. The guidelines on various matters formally adopted by the Parties at those 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 the Parties, supplemented by additional material from COP information papers, case studies and other relevant publications in order to illustrate key aspects of the guidelines. The handbooks have been published in PDF format in the three working languages of the Convention (English, French, and Spanish); in addition, some volumes have been translated into additional languages, when circumstances have permitted (Arabic and Russian, see menu here).
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 © 2010, Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Citation: Ramsar Convention Secretariat, 2010. Ramsar handbooks for the wise use of wetlands, 4th 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 Editor: Dave Pritchard
Series Supervisor: Nick Davidson
Design and layout: Dwight Peck
Additional support for the French and Spanish versions: Danièle and Richard Devitre, Javier Casáis
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 4th edition has been updated through the 10th meeting of the COP in November 2008. The CD-ROM includes all 20 of the Handbooks in Adobe PDF format in English, French, and Spanish versions, as well as the Strategic Plan 2009-2015 as a 21st volume, with a Web-based interface. The CD-ROM can be ordered free of charge by contacting Ramsar's Montse Riera (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
A complement to the Ramsar Handbooks: