Biodiversity-Related Conventions and Initiatives Relevant to Wetlands

  • Nick C. Davidson
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Although the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is the primary multilateral intergovernmental environmental agreement (MEA) addressing inland and coastal wetlands, the scope and mandate of a number of other such MEAs also cover issues relevant to wetland conservation and wise use and the conservation of wetland-dependent species. Efforts are underway to establish ways and means of streamlining multiple conventions’ implementation and enhancing synergies. The Ramsar Convention has established bilateral mechanisms for such inter-convention collaboration, which is most well established with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). A number of mechanisms have also been established for coordination between the various bodies of the biodiversity cluster of conventions.


Ramsar convention Multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) Biodiversity-related conventions Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) Millennium Ecosystem Assessment IPBES 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Land, Water and SocietyCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  2. 2.Nick Davidson EnvironmentalWigmoreUK

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