A new toolkit for National Wetlands Inventories

Monitoring the extent and health of wetlands and their status overtime is critical to inform the needed actions by governments and other actors at all levels. The Convention on Wetlands has always recognized the importance of the national wetland inventories (NWI) as a key tool for informing national policies and other measures to achieve the conservation and wise use of wetlands. It is thus a priority in the Convention’s Strategic […]

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Good practices handbook – Integrating urban development and wetland conservation

  The Handbook “Good practices handbook – Integrating urban development and wetland conservation” provides guidance to individuals, businesses, organizations or government involved in the design, planning, management and/or construction of urban wetlands. By showcasing examples from all over the world and sharing valuable experiences, it is hoped that the best practice principles, illustrated throughout the handbook, will be widely adopted. Whether it is a recognised wetland of international importance or a humble pond […]

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Global Wetland Outlook: State of the world’s wetlands and their services to people 2018

The Ramsar Secretariat has just published a new report named ”Global Wetland Outlook: State of the world’s wetlands and their services to people 2018”. The report provides a current overview of global wetlands: their extent, trends, drivers of change and the responses needed to reverse the historical decline in wetland area and quality.     The Global Wetland Outlook (GWO) emphasizes the necessity of developing effective wetland management plans and […]

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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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