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3 Ramsar sites and World Heritage properties in Mediterranean countries. A List of Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance that are also inscribed (all or partly) on the World Heritage List under the UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. An asterisk (*) denotes World Heritage Sites that are not fully contiguous with the Ramsar site. The following points should be noted: – All 25 Mediterranean countries have Ramsar sites (362 in total). – Only eight of these 362 sites have been designated a World Heritage Property.

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Thus, a list of Mediterranean wetland sites exemplifying multiple values should be compiled which attempts to achieve an equitable balance of wetland type and situation, geographic distribution and management structure. Once such a list is established, the conservation status of the sites in relation both to their natural and cultural heritage should be assessed and correlated with the management practices being applied to each. Finally, improvement measures should be proposed which take into account the Ramsar Guidance on Culture and Wetlands and are adapted to the specifics of each site.

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