Culture and Wetlands: A Ramsar Guidance Document

Culture and Wetlands: A Ramsar Guidance Document, 2008

78 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2015

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Dave Pritchard

DEP Consultants; Ramsar Culture Network; Ramsar STRP

Date Written: 2008


In the Introduction, the document provides the reader with an overview of the concept of incorporating cultural aspects in the work of the Ramsar Convention, and in particular in the management of wetlands, through the approval of Resolutions VIII.19 and IX.21 and the work of the Culture Working Group towards the development of guidance.

In Chapter 2, general, management and conservation responsibilities for the Ramsar Contracting Parties are presented, derived from Resolutions VIII.19 and IX.21; and they are complemented by actions suggested for their implementation.

Chapter 3 proposes an outline of the main wetland-related human activities, focusing mainly on habitation, the primary and secondary use of resources and the development of social and spiritual events and beliefs. These activities are then correlated with their most characteristic cultural aspects, in an attempt to provide a much deeper understanding of their role in relation to each site and their possible impact on biodiversity. For many of these activities, objectives are suggested for achieving an integrated approach to both the natural and cultural heritage.

For a number of the objectives suggested, Chapter 4 provides more detailed guidance including proposed actions for their implementation. This is viewed as ‘work-in-progress’ to be further developed and completed through the experience gained in implementation, the contribution of the CPs and the further work of the Ramsar CWG.

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Pritchard, Dave, Culture and Wetlands: A Ramsar Guidance Document (2008). Culture and Wetlands: A Ramsar Guidance Document, 2008, Available at SSRN:

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