Critical Site Network Tool

The Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool is an online resource for the conservation of 294 species of waterbirds and the important sites upon which they depend in Africa and Western Eurasia. Leading global conservation organisations working for the protection of waterbirds and their habitats joined forces to develop this tool, strengthening the implementation of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The tool makes it easy to obtain information on the sites critical for waterbird species by accessing several independent databases and analysing information at the biogeographical population level, so providing a comprehensive basis for management and decision making. It is designed to help a range of different users from site managers to national authorities and international organisations. The CSN Tool, one of the major achievements of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project, is also an important example of the added value of cooperation between likeminded conservation organisations, international conventions and agreements, governments, UN agencies and other donors. The CSN Tool supports both AEWA and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. It is also relevant to the EU Birds Directive and the Bern Convention’s Emerald Network.

More information on this dataset can be found in the Freshwater Metadatabase - BFE_56 (

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Field Value
Last Updated June 23, 2017, 14:49 (UTC)
Created June 23, 2017, 14:49 (UTC)
Access constraints no limitations
Contact email
Dataset language eng
Dataset reference date 2012-01-01
Dataset reference type publication
Guid BFE_56
Metadata date 2012-11-22
Metadata language eng
Resource type dataset
Responsible party UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Responsible party role Principal Investigator
Spatial harvester true
Topic category biota, inlandWaters
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harvest_source_id 65f99de1-ecac-4e1d-9081-b5dcd8eedffd
harvest_source_title fip-mdb