Edward J Goodwin
Abstract Ramsar seeks to ensure the appropriate formulation, delivery and implementation of national policies for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The Convention covers multiple wetland types, from coastal marine to inland freshwater habitats. It primarily supports the delivery of such national policies through the imposition of obligations to conserve and wisely use wetlands, the publishing of numerous guidelines on wetland conservation, the provision of an inventory of internationally significant wetlands that can enhance the standing of particular sites, a record of sites undergoing ecological change, and monitoring missions to assist States Parties confronted with such change. Additionally, Ramsar seeks to encourage public education on the values of wetlands, as well as international cooperation on wetlands and their associated species. Finally, the Convention is a good example of an international environmental regime that has evolved to overcome shortcomings in the way it was established by the original founding treaty.