Ramsar Convention

Ramsar Sites Management Toolkit

Ramsar offers a Sites Management Toolkit on their website through which one can quickly and easily find information on specific stages of management planning, such as the description of the site, planning, management, monitoring, or evaluation and review. Alternatively, one of the three featured documents can be downloaded: The Designation and Management of Ramsar Sites (2017), Wetlands Management Planning: a guide for site managers (2008) and Handbook 18; managing wetlands (2010).

“The Designation and Management of Ramsar Sites” provides guidance on how management of Ramsar Sites can contribute to implementation of the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2016 – 2024 and other international processes. It also identifies key information sources, including non-Ramsar publications, to help site managers, administrators and partners. Although this guidance targets managers of wetlands, it is also relevant for terrestrial protected areas.

The document offers a simple step-by-step process, describing the designation and subsequent management of Ramsar Sites within the Ramsar Convention Framework. It should not be regarded as a definitive or exhaustive guide, but more as a starting point to understand the process and a reference for identifying key information and sources for further reading.

The document includes information and guidance on assessing the ecosystem services provided by a site , site designation including how to gain community support for the designation, site description including identification of threats to the site, planning and financing including establishing a management committee, monitoring and evaluation and communication, capacity building, education, awareness and participation (CEPA).

"Wetland Management Planning: A guide for site managers" targets site managers, administrators and partners to improve their management planning. Although the guidance is directed to managers of wetlands, the guidance is also relevant for terrestrial protected areas.

The document includes information and guidance on assessing the ecosystem services the site provides, site designation including how to gain community support for the site designation, site description including identification of threats to the site, planning and financing including establishment of a management committee, monitoring and evaluation and communication

Winter flooding - Copyright Natural England Peter Roworth
Winter flooding - Copyright Natural England Peter Roworth