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Protocol to Amend the Convention on Wetlands of 
International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat 


(Paris, 3 December 1982)


The Contracting Parties,

Considering that for the effectiveness of the Convention 
on Wetlands of International Importance especially as 
Waterfowl Habitat, done at Ramsar on 2nd February 1971 
(hereinafter referred to as "the Convention"), it is 
indispensable to increase the number of Contracting 
Parties;

Aware that the addition of authentic language versions 
would facilitate wider participation in the Convention;

Considering furthermore that the text of the Convention 
does not provide for an amendment procedure, which makes 
it difficult to amend the text as may be considered 
necessary;

Have agreed as follows:

Article 1

The following Article shall be added between Article 10 
and Article 11 of the Convention:

Article 10 bis

1. This Convention may be amended at a meeting of the 
Contracting Parties convened for that purpose in 
accordance with this Article.

2. Proposals for amendment may be made by any 
Contracting Party.

3. The text of any proposed amendment and the reasons 
for it shall be communicated to the organization or 
government performing the continuing bureau duties under 
the Convention (hereinafter referred to as "the Bureau") 
and shall promptly be communicated by the Bureau to all 
Contracting Parties. Any comments on the text by the 
Contracting Parties shall be communicated to the Bureau 
within three months of the date on which the amendments 
were communicated to the Contracting Parties by the 
Bureau. The Bureau shall, immediately after the last day 
for submission of comments, communicate to the Contract-
ing Parties all comments submitted by that day.

4. A meeting of Contracting Parties to consider an 
amendment communicated in accordance with paragraph 3 
shall be convened by the Bureau upon the written request 
of one third of the Contracting Parties. The Bureau 
shall consult the Parties concerning the time and venue 
of the meeting.

5. Amendments shall be adopted by a two-thirds majority 
of the Contracting Parties present and voting.

6. An Amendment adopted shall enter into force for the 
Contracting Parties which have accepted it on the first 
day of the fourth month following the date on which two-
thirds of the Contracting Parties have deposited an 
instrument of acceptance with the Depositary. For each 
Contracting Party which deposits an instrument of 
acceptance after the date on which two-thirds of the 
Contracting Parties have deposited an instrument of 
acceptance, the amendment shall enter into force on the 
first day of the fourth month following the date of the 
deposit of its instrument of acceptance.

Article 2

In the testimonium following Article 12 of the 
Convention, the words "in any case of divergency the 
English text prevailing" shall be deleted and replaced 
by the words "all texts being equally authentic".

Article 3

The revised text of the original French version of the 
Convention is reproduced in the Annex to this Protocol.

Article 4

This Protocol shall be open for signature at UNESCO 
headquarters in Paris from 3 December 1982.

Article 5

1. Any State referred to in Article 9, paragraph 2, of 
the Convention may become a Contracting Party to this 
Protocol by: 

(a) signature without reservation as to ratification, 
acceptance or approval;

(b) signature subject to ratification, acceptance or 
approval, followed by ratification, acceptance or 
approval;

(c) accession.

2. Ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall 
be effected by the deposit of an instrument of 
ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the 
Director-General of the United Nations Educational, 
Scientific and Cultural Organization (hereinafter 
referred to as "the Depositary").

3. Any State which becomes a Contracting Party to the 
Convention after the entry into force of this Protocol 
shall, failing an expression of a different intention at 
the time of signature or of the deposit of the 
instrument referred to in Article 9 of the Convention, 
be considered as a Party to the Convention as amended by 
this Protocol.

4. Any State which becomes a Contracting Party to this 
Protocol without being a Contracting Party to the 
Convention, shall be considered as a Party to the 
Convention as amended by this Protocol as of the date of 
entry into force of this Protocol for that State.

Article 6

1. This Protocol shall enter into force the first day of 
the fourth month following the date on which two thirds 
of the States which are Contracting Parties to the 
Convention on the date on which this Protocol is opened 
for signature have signed it without reservation as to 
ratification, acceptance or approval, or have ratified, 
accepted, approved or acceded to it.

2. With regard to any State which becomes a Contracting 
Party to this Protocol in the manner described in 
paragraph 1 and 2 of Article 5 above, after the date of 
its entry into force, this Protocol shall enter into 
force on the date of its signature without reservation 
as to ratification, acceptance, or approval, or of its 
ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

3. With regard to any State which becomes a Contracting 
Party to this Protocol in the manner described in 
paragraph 1 and 2 of Article 5 above, during the period 
between the date on which this Protocol is opened for 
signature and its entry into force, this Protocol shall 
enter into force on the date determined in paragraph 1 
above.

Article 7

1. The original of this Protocol, in the English and 
French languages, each version being equally authentic, 
shall be deposited with the Depositary. The Depositary 
shall transmit certified copies of each of these 
versions to all States that have signed this Protocol or 
deposited instruments of accession to it. 2. The 
Depositary shall inform all Contracting Parties of the 
Convention and all States that have signed and acceded 
to this Protocol as soon as possible of:

(a) signatures to this Protocol;

(b) deposits of instruments of ratification, acceptance, 
or approval of this Protocol;

(c) deposits of instruments of accession to this 
Protocol;

(d) the date of entry into force of this Protocol.

3. When this Protocol has entered into force, the 
Depositary shall have it registered with the Secretariat 
of the United Nations in accordance with Article 102 of 
the Charter.

In witness whereof, the undersigned, being duly 
authorized to that effect, have signed this Protocol.

Done at Paris on 3 December 1982.