The Secretariat of Ramsar Convention has just announced the launch of the first Handbook in the 5th Edition Ramsar Handbook Series. It is entitled “An Introduction to the Convention on Wetlands” and replaces “The Ramsar Convention Manual”.
“An Introduction to the Convention on Wetlands” is aimed at a diverse and extensive audience and explains the role of the Convention and how it works. The Handbook is currently being translated into French and Spanish.
The 5th Edition Handbooks will be organized under three sub-series, covering International Cooperation on Wetlands; Wise Use of Wetlands; and Wetlands Conservation and Management.
Handbook 2, “The Ramsar Strategic Plan 2016-2024”, is scheduled to be released in July.
The 5th Edition Series includes:
SUB-SERIES I: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON WETLANDS
Handbook 1: An Introduction to the Convention on Wetlands
Handbook 2: The Ramsar Strategic Plan 2016-2024
Handbook 3: International cooperation
Handbook 4: Ramsar Regional Initiatives
Handbook 5: Partnerships
SUB-SERIES II: WISE USE OF WETLANDS
Handbook 6: Wise use of wetlands, sustainable development and poverty eradication
Handbook 7: Freshwater-related guidance
Handbook 8: Wise use of wetlands in the coastal zone and small islands
Handbook 9: Wetland cities
Handbook 10: Wetlands and health
Handbook 11: Wetlands, including peatlands, climate change and disaster risk reduction
Handbook 12: Implementing CEPA with participatory skills
Handbook 13: Strategic environmental assessment
Handbook 14: Wetlands and culture
SUB-SERIES III: WETLAND CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT
Handbook 15: National wetland policies, laws and institutions
Handbook 16: Designating Ramsar Sites
Handbook 17: Addressing change in wetland ecological character
Handbook 18: Managing wetlands
Handbook 19: Avian influenza and wetlands
Handbook 20: Inventory, assessment and monitoring
Handbook 21: Wetland education centres