Nationally (DIWA) and internationally important (Ramsar) wetlands
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (known as the Ramsar Convention) was adopted in 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. The convention aims to halt the worldwide loss of wetlands and to conserve remaining wetlands through wise use and careful management. The Ramsar Convention encourages the designation of sites containing representative, rare or unique wetlands, or wetlands that are important for conserving biological diversity. Australia was one of the first signatories.
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)—called the 'Ramsar Convention'—is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the 'wise use', or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.
Internationally important wetlands can be nominated under the Ramsar Convention. There are 5 Ramsar sites listed in Queensland:
As a signatory, Australia is required to develop an ecological character description for each site, maintain that character and notify the Convention of any changes.
It can be used to:
Ecological character descriptions for the Queensland sites are being prepared.
Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention are also required to provide a Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS) for all sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance. Parties to the Convention also have a commitment to provide updated RIS information for all of their Ramsar sites at intervals of six years, or when there are any significant changes in the sites' ecological character. The RIS is designed to provide a brief synopsis of the essential data on the Ramsar-listed wetland and defines the boundary of the site and its ecological character under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Get an overview of Queensland's Ramsar sites, including their Ramsar Information Sheets, using WetlandSummary.
The roles and responsibilities relating to Ramsar sites are listed in Wetlands in Australia – roles and responsibilities - Fact sheet.
The Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia (DIWA) contains information about wetlands that have been assessed as meeting criteria for national importance.
DIWA has some limitations including:
The complete DIWA Third Edition is available for download.
A series of on-line education modules, including the Ramsar Convention in Queensland, has been prepared as a resource for people who want to learn more about wetlands.
Users can download and use the contents of this education module to meet their learning and training needs. This information should be used in conjunction with information found on this website.
Last updated: 18 November 2015
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Nationally (DIWA) and internationally important (Ramsar) wetlands , WetlandInfo 2013, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 7 April 2016, .