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African Wetlands of International Importance: Assessment of Benefits Associated with Designations under the Ramsar Convention


Royal C. Gardner


Stetson University College of Law

Kim Diana Connolly


SUNY Buffalo Law School

Abou Bamba


affiliation not provided to SSRN


Georgetown International Environmental Law Review (GIELR), Vol. 21, No. 2, 2009
Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2009-23

Abstract:     
A party to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands must designate at least one site within its territory as a Wetland of International Importance. To assess the benefits associated with these international designations, the authors conducted a survey of 26 Ramsar sites in 18 countries in Africa. After a brief introduction to the Ramsar Convention, the article describes the sites that were surveyed, focusing on the ecosystem services they provide and the challenges they face. The article then examines how the sites are identified with the Ramsar Convention and found that designation provided benefits such as: increased support for protection and management of the sites; increased scientific studies; increased funding opportunities; increased ecotourism; and poverty alleviation. The article concludes with recommendations on how to strengthen the Ramsar Convention in Africa.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: Ramsar Convention, wetlands, Africa

JEL Classification: K32, K33

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Date posted: July 10, 2009 ; Last revised: March 19, 2014

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Gardner, Royal C. and Connolly, Kim Diana and Bamba, Abou, African Wetlands of International Importance: Assessment of Benefits Associated with Designations under the Ramsar Convention. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review (GIELR), Vol. 21, No. 2, 2009; Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2009-23. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1431626

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Royal C. Gardner (Contact Author)
Stetson University College of Law ( email )
1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

Kim Diana Connolly
SUNY Buffalo Law School ( email )
528 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States
Abou Bamba
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