IUCN Freshwater Initiative in Mesoamerica
Ramsar Convention, San José 1999
Resolutions on Management of Freshwater Ecosystems and Catchment Areas
Volume 2, No. 4

Among the resolutions adopted at the 7th Conference of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) held last May 10-18 in San José, Costa Rica, guidelines were established for actions related to freshwater ecosystems administration and integrated catchment management.

Some of the main resolutions connected with these themes are:

Resolution No.
Title of the Document
VII.8 Guidelines for establishing and strengthening local communities' and indigenous people's participation in management of wetlands
VII.16 The Ramsar Convention and impact assessment: strategic, environmental and social
VII.17 Restoration as an element of national planning for wetlands conservation and wise use
VII.18 Guidelines for integrating wetlands conservation and wise use into river basin management
VII.20 Priorities for wetlands inventory
VII.25 Assessing water quality in wetlands


Creation of a Regional Ramsar Centre for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere

The rest of the resolutions, agreements and other related information can be accessed at the Ramsar Convention website: http://iucn.org/themes/Ramsar, or directly from
Margarita Astralaga
Regional Coordinator for the Americas
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: ++41 22 999 01 75
Fax:++41 22 999 01 69
Ramsar Bureau
Rue Mauverney 28, CH-1196 Gland

The IUCN-Mesoamerica Wetlands and Coastal Zones Program congratulates Mrs. Margarita Astralaga for her recent designation as the Ramsar Convention Regional Coordinator for the Americas. We wish her all success in her endeavors.

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