• Kenya Tana River Delta Ramsar Site generates millions annually from its ecosystems

    30 September 2016

    The expansive mangrove forests that dot Tana Delta in the Kenyan coast generates 2.5 million U.S. dollars annually through a range of ecosystem services like flood control, provision of clean water and energy sources, fisheries and building materials, a study has said. It is the source of 80 percent of clean drinking water supplied in Nairobi. 

  • Flight of the Swans has started...

    29 September 2016

    Sacha's epic 7,000km journey following the Bewick's on their migration from their breeding ground in arctic Russia has started. Early on the morning of Monday 19th September, she took off with her paramotor. On her journey Sacha will stop at nine Ramsar Sites. Her progress is being tracked by satellite and you can follow her progress live. 

  • World Tourism Day – How sustainable tourism in the Wadden Sea brings income and conserves vital wetlands

    27 September 2016

    The potential of tourism to support the conservation of wetlands has long been underestimated. With increasing trend for nature-based tourism, World Tourism Day offers an opportunity to underline the importance of the Ramsar Convention’s mission to protect the world’s most important wetlands and consider how sustainable tourism can support it. 

  • Climate change adaptation project launched in Laos to sustain wetlands

    26 September 2016

    A project valued at $4.7 million was launched in Vientiane, Laos aiming to help communities in and around the Xe Champhone and Beung Khiat Ngong Ramsar Sites to address the impacts of climate change. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) until 2020. 

  • Vacancy announcement: MedWet Coordinator

    21 September 2016

    Following the decision of Mr. Delmar Blasco not to seek a renewal of his contract as MedWet Coordinator, the MedWet Steering Group has adopted the procedure to select his replacement.

About Ramsar

The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Number of Contracting Parties: 169

Number of Ramsar Sites: 2,242

Total surface of designated sites: 215,253,719 ha

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