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Up until now, our ‘Ramsar’ information has been under the ‘Concern’ category. Following two successful meetings with interested parties, we seem to be back on track, and we’re tentatively upgrading this to ‘OK’.

Part of the Ramsar area in Jersey
Part of the Ramsar area in Jersey

That said, there is much to do for all the areas to keep them protected: we are still concerned about the effect of La Collette, for instance – hence ‘OK’ and not ‘good’, but we hope ‘good’ will come soon!

Main Ramsar page
Ecrehous page
Paternosters
Minquiers
SE Coast

Not sure what it is? This is from the States of Jersey page (https://www.gov.je/Environment/ProtectingEnvironment/SeaCoast/Pages/Ramsar.aspx#anchor-7 – and plenty more to read):

Protected coastlines

Our coastlines are some of the most beautiful in the world. To protect certain areas of these, Jersey signed up to the Ramsar Convention.

What is the Ramsar Convention?

The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international co-operation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

How many parties are included?

There are presently 159 contracting parties to the convention, with 1,888 wetland sites, totaling 185.3 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Jersey’s Ramsar sites

Jersey has designated 4 Ramsar sites:

  • south east coast of Jersey
  • Les Écréhous & Les Dirouilles
  • Les Minquiers
  • Les Pierres de Lecq (the Paternosters)

Ramsar Management Authority (RMA)

The Ramsar Management Authority was established in early 2010 to formulate and implement the Ramsar management plans that will be produced for each of the 4 Ramsar sites. The authority consists of stakeholders including:

  • government and parish representatives
  • Receiver General
  • various non-governmental organisations

Main Ramsar page: https://www.ramsar.org/
Ecrehous page: https://rsis.ramsar.org/ris/1455
Paternosters: https://rsis.ramsar.org/ris/1457
Minquiers: https://rsis.ramsar.org/ris/1456
SE Coast: https://rsis.ramsar.org/ris/1043

Good news on Ramsar!
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