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 in time. Understanding and documenting the ecological character of your Ramsar Site is essential to maintain and protect its values. It also needs to be documented in the site’s Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS).

Describing the Ecological Character of the Site

Describing ecological character helps to prioritize features, understand multiple values, identify stakeholders and set management objectives. It also serves as a mechanism to determine whether change is occurring. Guidance on...

Working with Communities to identify key wetland services

The importance of your wetland is determined by various factors, not least the services and benefits that people receive from the wetland ecosystem. Involving the relevant stakeholders, and particularly local...

Recognising and assessing threats to the site

Threats or threatening activities to your wetlands can vary in scale, magnitude and seriousness and can be actual or perceived. In identifying the threats, focus on the components, processes, benefits...