Ramsar Publications

All of these publications are available for download, usually in PDF format, and many of them can also be obtained on CD-ROM from the Ramsar Secretariat (ramsar@ramsar.org).

Please note some of these documents are also available in other languages (Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian).

The Wise Use Handbooks, 4th ed.

The Ramsar Handbooks are a set of 21 brochures containing guidance on the conservation and wise use of wetlands. Download or CD-ROM.

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Ramsar Technical Reports series

The RTR series includes background reviews and reports prepared by the STRPand other experts. Available for download in PDF format.

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The Ramsar Manual, 6th edition

The Manual is a 110-page one-stop intro to all aspects of the Convention, its history, and its workings. 2013 edition. PDF format.

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The Briefing Notes series

An occasional series of scientific updates and advice from the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP)

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Proceedings of Ramsar COP11 (2012)

Includes Resolutions, Conference Report, Photos, Participants, National Reports, Regional Meetings, Awards. Also on CD-ROM.

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The Proceedings of COP10 (2008)

Includes Conference Report, Resolutions, Photos, Participants, National Reports, Regional Meetings, Awards. Also on CD-ROM.

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The Proceedings of COP9 (2005)

Includes Conference Report, Resolutions, Participants, National Reports, Regional Meetings, Ramsar Awards. Also on CD-ROM.

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Downloadable books

Previously published hardcopy books from the 1990s, still available in HTML versions on this Web site.

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Destination Wetlands (2012)

An 80-page brochure on the opportunities and challenges of wetland tourism, with case studies; published with UNWTO

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Ramsar's Liquid Assets (2011)

A 32-page booklet that celebrates the Convention's evolution and achievements, 1971-2011, and highlights its relevance for today.

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Information Packs

Three information packs on lively topics, available as downloadable PDFs.

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TEEB for Water and Wetlands

Insights on critical water-related ecosystem services in order to encourage additional policy momentum, business commitment, and investment in the conservation, restoration, and wise use of wetlands.

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Number of » Contracting Parties: 168 Sites designated for the
» List of Wetlands of
International Importance
2,181 Total surface area of designated sites (hectares): 208,545,658

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