Friday, October 12, 2007

New edition of Ramsar Handbooks

HOORC's Library now has a complete set of the third edition of the Ramsar Handbooks for the Wise Use of Wetlands. The new publication replaces the series published in May 2004 and includes relevant guidance adopted by several meetings of the Conference of the Parties, in particular COP7 (1999), COP8 (2002) and COP9 (2005), as well as selected background documents presented at these COPs. There are now 17 volumes in the set, which includes guidances adopted by parties to the Ramsar Convention and supplementary material from COP information papers, case studies and other relevant publications that illustrate key aspects of the guidelines. The volumes are:

1. Wise use of wetlands -- 2. National wetland policies -- 3. Laws and institutions -- 4. Wetland CEPA (Communication, Education and Public Awareness) -- 5. Participatory skills -- 6. Water Related Guidance -- 7. River Basin Management -- 8. Water allocation and management-- 9. Managing groundwater -- 10. Coastal Management -- 11. Inventory, Assessment and Monitoring-- 12. Wetland inventory -- 13. Impact Assessment -- 14. Designating RAMSAR Sites.-- 15. Addressing Change in Ecological Character -- 16. Managing Wetlands. -- 17. International Cooperation.

The Okavango Delta became a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance on December 9th, 1996.

You can find the handbooks online and in HOORC's Library.

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