The relationship of indigenous peoples and local communities with wetlands

Wetlands and water sources and bodies are precious areas for indigenous peoples. They are often part of our traditional territories and resources, and provide the basis for the livelihoods of our families and communities; they are also fundamental elements of our cultures, since many of those places are sacred and have high spiritual significance. Many indigenous peoples have developed their cultures based on the interactions with wetlands and water – […]

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Ramsar Advisory Missions: A mechanism to respond to change in ecological character of Ramsar Sites

The Ramsar Advisory Mission (RAM) is one of the most valuable tools available to Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. A RAM is a technical assistance mechanism through which a Contracting Party may request expert advice about how to respond to threats to the ecological character of a Ramsar Site and associated wetland issues. This Policy Brief is produced by the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), with […]

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Wetlands and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The multiple benefits and services provided by wetlands are essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs represent an ambitious agenda to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030. This 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a comprehensive roadmap for a sustainable future. Seventeen goals, each with a number of concrete targets, translate this programme into action. This report highlights the critical role of wetlands in relation […]

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Designation and Management of Ramsar Sites

the Ramsar Secretariat has produced a new guidebook to facilitate the process of designation and management of Ramsar Sites, for those involved in the process, based on materials identified by the Secretariat and the Convention’s experts and partners.

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Integrating multiple wetland values into decision-making (Policy Brief 2017)

The Ramsar Convention recognizes the interdependence of people on wetlands for their important economic, cultural, scientific and recreational values. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) provides a framework for considering the multiple values of nature, including wetlands, and its benefits to society within policy-making and decisionmaking processes. The recognition of the diverse values of wetlands is essential to their wise use, and to ensuring that their […]

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Wetlands for disaster risk reduction (Policy Brief)

Degradation of wetlands reduces resilience against water-related hazards such as floods, droughts and storm surges. Integrating wetlands as natural infrastructure for disaster risk reduction (DRR), alone or in conjunction with traditional “hard” infrastructure, can mitigate hazards and increase the resilience of local communities and those living across entire river basins or coastal zones.   The Ramsar Secretariat has published its Policy Brief ”Wetlands for disaster risk reduction: Effective choices for resilient […]

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