• A step forward for the most recognised areas on the planet

    30 June 2015

    Imagine a natural area that is partly listed as a World Heritage site overlapping with a Biosphere Reserve, contains four Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, all of which are incorporated into a wider Geopark – is it possible for all four international designations to be harmoniously managed?

  • A brief analysis of Ramsar COP12

    22 June 2015

    Over 800 COP12 participants worked together on a new sense of direction and relevance of the Ramsar Convention for a wide range of both international and local stakeholders.

  • Declaration of Punta del Este affirms wetlands as essential for sustainable development

    10 June 2015

    Delegates approve new Ramsar Strategic Plan that recognizes that all wetlands have a role in the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

  • United Arab Emirates to host next Ramsar COP13 in 2018

    9 June 2015

    The United Arab Emirates was officially accepted as the host for the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) to take place in Dubai in 2018.

  • World Environment Day - Statement of Dr Christopher Briggs, Secretary General Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

    5 June 2015

    We join the rest of the world to celebrate World Environment Day from glorious Punta del Este, Uruguay, where we are currently meeting at the 12th Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

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: 168

Number of Ramsar Sites: 2,208

Total surface of designated sites: 210,734,269,.41 ha

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