The Ramsar Information Sheet on Wetlands of International Importance


The Information Sheet for Ramsar Wetlands (RIS), first adopted by the Parties in 1990, was designed to provide essential data on all designated Wetlands of International Importance, in order to allow analysis of Ramsar-listed wetlands around the world at any given time, provide baseline data for measuring changes in the ecological character of wetlands listed under the Ramsar Convention, and provide material for publications which inform the public about Ramsar sites. Completed RISs are only accepted from the officially-appointed "Administrative Authority" in each Contracting Party or member State.  The RIS itself and its guidelines, as well as the Ramsar Criteria for Identifying Wetlands of International Importance, are undergoing constant review by the Convention's Secretariat and its subsidiary expert body, the Scientific and Technical Review Panel.

The latest version of the RIS and its Explanatory Note and Guidelines have been adopted by COP8 (Valencia, 2002) in Resolution VIII.13, with significant additions and changes adopted by COP (Kampala, 2005) in Resolution IX.1 Annex B. Further information and context can be found in the Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance.

In Resolution VI.13, the Parties committed themselves to providing updated RIS information for all of their Ramsar sites no later than every six years or on the occasion of any significant change in the sites' ecological character.

The Information Sheet for Ramsar Wetlands (RIS)
Word version 2009-2014


Explanatory Note and Guidelines for completing the Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS)

Ramsar Classification System for Wetland Type
Criteria for Identifying Wetlands of International Importance
Additional guidelines for the provision of maps and other spatial data for Ramsar Sites

If your purpose is to complete the RIS form in designating a Ramsar site, we recommend that you use the Word text instead of the Web or PDF version.

Download Microsoft Word, all in one file

Download "Population estimates and 1% thresholds for wetland-dependent non-avian species, for the application of Criterion 9" (PDF, English only)

Download individual PDF versions of all Ramsar sites from the Ramsar Sites Information Service at Wetlands International

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