chapter  6
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The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance

In her review of international legal responses for the conservation of coral reefs, Mary Davidson unfortunately overlooked the 1971 Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat,1 otherwise known as the Ramsar Convention after the Iranian town where it was adopted.2 This is easily forgiven. Changing widely held perceptions that wetlands include a greater variety of habitats than just inland waters has caused one major coral reef nation implementation diffi culties,3 whilst a senior advisor to Ramsar has also noted that ‘the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands [includes] coral reefs but that, unfortunately, this [is] not well known, particularly among governments’.4