Activity 2: Designate inland water sites

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Component 1: Designate sites

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Component 2: Designate sites of specific ecosystems

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Component 3: Make use of the Ramsar Information Sheet

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Component 4: Follow-up on the designation of sites

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008 Operational Objective 10.1
The Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance is contained in Ramsar Resolution VII.11, Annex.

Author Commentary 2

Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008, Operational Objective 10.2
Actions for Contracting Parties under this Operational Objective include ensuring complete maps and descriptions of Ramsar sites, using the Ramsar Information Sheets (action 10.2.1), ensuring that these descriptions fully recognise the social and cultural values of listed sites (action 10.2.2), submitting missing or incomplete data sheets and/or maps of listed sites (action 10.2.3), and updating and submitting revised Ramsar Information Sheets as frequently as necessary to record changes in the status of sites (action 10.2.4).

Author Commentary 3

Ramsar Resolution VIII.38, 13
Updates the guidance from Ramsar Resolution VI.4, 8-10., urging to use the third edition of Waterbird Population Estimates as the basis for identifying the 1% threshold for Ramsar sites. The Wetlands International publication Waterbird Population Estimates is available at http://www.wetlands.org/pubs&/WPE.htm. The Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance is included in Ramsar Resolution VII.11, Annex.

Author Commentary 4

Ramsar Resolution VII.11, 14
Ramsar Resolution VII.11, Annex
The Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance is included in Ramsar Resolution VII.11, Annex.

Author Commentary 5

Ramsar Resolution VII.11, 15
Calls for achieving the goal of 2000 Ramsar sites by 2005, while Ramsar Recommendation 7.3, 15, Ramsar Recommendation 6.11, 13, Ramsar Recommendation 5.1 and Ramsar Recommendation 1.3 call for more nominations of Ramsar sites in specific regions, complementing Ramsar Resolution VII.11, 15.

Author Commentary 6

Ramsar Resolution VI.13, 8
Ramsar article 3.2 is about getting informed about changes in the ecological character of a Ramsar site and passing this information on to Ramsar Bureau. Ramsar Resolution 5.3 addresses the procedure for initial designation of sites for the List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Author Commentary 7

Ramsar Resolution IX.1, 6
Ramsar Resolution IX.15, 28
Ramsar Article 2.5
Ramsar Resolution VIII.10, 31
Ramsar Resolution VIII.13, 10
Ramsar Resolution VIII.13, 16
Ramsar Resolution VIII.13, 17
Ramsar Resolution VI.16, 5
Ramsar Resolution VI.16, 6
Ramsar Resolution VI.16, 7
Ramsar Resolution 5.3
Ramsar Resolution 4.5
Ramsar Recommendation 4.7
Are all about the procedure of designating new Ramsar sites or informing the Ramsar Bureau about changes to existing sites. This should happen through using the Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS), for which Ramsar Resolution VIII.13, Annex I in combination with Ramsar Resolution IX.1, Annex B provide a revised format. Ramsar Resolution VIII.13, 16 and Ramsar Resolution VIII.13, 17 recommend to use the guidance from the Explanatory Note and Guidelines for completing the Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands, contained in Ramsar Resolution VIII.13, Annex II. These provisions supersede all the earlier guidance from Ramsar Resolution VI.16, 5, Ramsar Resolution VI.16, 6, Ramsar Resolution VI.16, 7, Ramsar Resolution 5.3, Ramsar Resolution 4.5 and Ramsar Recommendation 4.7.

Author Commentary 8

Ramsar Resolution VI.16, 8
Is widely similar to Ramsar Recommendation 6.17, 14 regarding consultations and assistance from the Ramsar Burea in case of doubt / difficulty in nominating Ramsar sites.

Author Commentary 9

Ramsar Recommendation 4.2
Is basically identical with Ramsar Recommendation 3.1 and Ramsar Recommendation 1.4. Note that the criteria for identifying wetlands of international importance have been revised since their first adoption and are now available as Ramsar Recommendation 4.2, Annex I.

Author Commentary 10

WHC Operational Guidelines I.C, 59 This obligation is aimed at supporting the establishment of a representative, balanced and credible Worl Heritage List. Measures suggested for slowing down the submission rate include spacing voluntarily the nomination; proposing only properties falling into categories still under-represented; linking each nomination with a nomination presented by a State Party whose heritage is under-represented; and deciding on a voluntary basis to suspend the presentation of new nominations.

Commentary 11

WHC Operational Guidelines I.C, 60 WHC Operational Guidelines II.C, 62 WHC Operational Guidelines II.C, 64 A Tentative List is an inventory of those properties situated on its territory which each State Party considers suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List (see WHC Operational Guidelines II.C, 62).

Author Commentary 12

WHC Operational Guidelines II.C, 73 Harmonization of Tentative Lists is the process whereby State Parties collectively assess their respective Tentative Lists to review gaps and identify common themes.

Author Commentary 13

Ramsar Resolution VIII.11, 5-7 Calls on Parties to designate suitable peatlands, wet grasslands, mangroves and coral reefs for inclusion in the List of Wetlands of International Importance. The resolution points to the Guidance for identifying and designating peatlands, wet grasslands, mangroves and coral reefs as Wetlands of International Importance in the annex as well as to the Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance, contained in Ramsar Resolution VII.11, Annex. Ramsar Resolution VIII.32, 17 and Ramsar Resolution VIII.32, 18 are also about the designation of mangroves as Ramsar sites, emphasizing those sites that are important for local communities and indigenous peoples, and recognizing the importance of mangrove ecosytems for migratory and non-migratory birds.

Author Commentary 14

Ramsar Resolution VII.13, 6 Ramsar Resolution VII.13, Annex On the Guidelines for identifying and designating karst and other subterranean hydrological systems as Wetlands of International Importance are complimentary to Ramsar Resolution VII.13, 8; they repeat Ramsar Resolution VI.5, 9.

Author Commentary 16

Author Commentary 17

Ramsar Resolution IX.22, 9 The new data field on protected areas categories is described in Ramsar Resolution IX.22, 8.

Author Commentary 18

Ramsar Resolution IX.6, 11 The Guidance for the consideration of the deletion or the restriction of the boundaries of a listed Ramsar site covers principles and procedures for situations not foreseen in the Convention text concerning the loss or deterioration of the ecological character of wetlands on the List of Wetlands of International Importance.