Ramsar wetlands are wetlands of international importance listed under the Convention on Wetlands also known as the Ramsar Convention. The Convention was signed in 1971 at a meeting in the town of Ramsar, in Iran. The aim of the convention is to halt the worldwide loss of wetlands and to conserve those that remain.
Victoria has 11 Ramsar sites, these are listed below.
Strategic Directions StatementIn 2002 a Strategic Directions Statement was published. It established a set of objectives and state wide strategies for the management of Ramsar sites in Victoria.
Strategic Directions Statement
Ecological Character FrameworkThe Department of Sustainability and Environment developed a 'Framework for describing the ecological character of Ramsar wetland'.in 2005 to provide guidance on how to prepare an ecological character description for a Ramsar wetland. The report includes an ecological character description for Barmah Forest.
The framework is currently being revised as part of a national project. For further information on the status of the revised framework, contact the Wetlands Section in the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Water Resources (02 6274 1111)
Ramsar Wetlands Ecological Character Framework
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