Ramsar Sites Management Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to provide simple guidance to site managers on the key steps and components involved in managing a Ramsar Site. It also identifies and provides links to more detailed information on each of those steps, including key non-Ramsar publications where appropriate.

The toolkit is aimed primarily at managers of Ramsar Sites; however, it can also be used by those managing other wetlands that are not designated as Ramsar Sites.

Describing the Site

How can the ‘ecological character’ of the site be described? Ecological character is the combination of the ecosystem components, processes and services that characterize a wetland at a given point...

Planning

How should a wetland manager plan for site management? A clear plan is essential to guide all aspects of the operation, administration and wise use of your site. It will...

Management and Monitoring

How to implement management and monitor outcomes? The range of activities required to effectively manage and monitor your Ramsar Site can be extremely diverse. However, these activities should always focus...

Periodic Evaluation and Review

How to audit and review wetland management? At certain points it is important to review and reflect on the performance of site management and use the findings to facilitate adaptive...