Description: Upon joining the Ramsar Convention, each Contracting Party is obliged by Article 2.4 to designate at least one wetland site for inclusion in the List of Wetlands of International Importance. Sites are selected by the Contracting Parties, or member states, for designation under the Convention by reference to the Criteria for Identifying Wetlands of International Importance. Data on designated wetlands are communicated by the Parties to the treaty secretariat by means of a Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS) including accurate data on various scientific and conservation parameters and a map precisely delimiting the boundaries of the site. Upon receipt of the RIS, the Secretariat ensures that the data and map meet the standards set by the Conference of the Parties and then adds the site's name and basic data to the List of Wetlands of International Importance -- it then forwards the data and map to Wetlands International for inclusion in the Ramsar Sites Database. The Secretariat formally acknowledges the status of the site as a Wetland of International Importance and sends a handsome site certificate to the Administrative Authority charged with implementation of the Convention in the country concerned. The authorities in the Contracting Party are encouraged to post signs at the site itself showing prominently the site's status as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; suggested wording for these signs has been agreed by the Standing Committee.
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