Ramsar Sites

Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance designated under the Ramsar Convention. Sites proposed for selection are advised by the UK statutory nature conservation agencies, or the relevant administration in the case of Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, co-ordinated through JNCC. In selecting sites, the relevant authorities are guided by the Criteria set out in the Convention. The UK also has a national Ramsar Committee composed of experts who provide further advice. In the UK, the first Ramsar sites were designated in 1976. Since then, many more have been designated. Compared to many countries, the UK has a relatively large number of Ramsar sites, but they tend to be smaller in size than many countries. The initial emphasis was on selecting sites of importance to waterbirds

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Creation Date October 4, 2016, 11:05 (UTC)
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In Northern Ireland early external boundaries were mapped on hardcopy Ordnance Survey NI sheets and in 1998 GIS was adopted as a means of generating ASSI maps against digital Ordnance Survey NI basemaps. Note: Ordnance Survey NI is part of Land & Property Services

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Contact Name NIEA NED Evidence Team
Contact Email NIEA.GIS@daera-ni.gov.uk
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