• IUCN launches regional project to enhance resilience of wetlands in Lower Mekong countries

    24 February 2017

    There are a total of 28 Ramsar Sites in the four Mekong WET countries. The project will develop management plans, with a focus on climate change adaptation and resilience building, in ten selected Ramsar Sites and improve regional collaboration on transboundary wetlands management. This will include capacity building for 150 wetland management staff and 300 community representatives.

  • 20th Meeting of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel

    22 February 2017

    The 20th meeting of the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP20) took place at the Secretariat’s headquarters in Gland, Switzerland from 13-17 February 2017. The main purpose of the meeting was to progress the nine high priority tasks in the STRP work plan (2016-2018), as designated by the Standing Committee.

  • A historic day for transboundary Prespa Lake

    21 February 2017

    14th February 2017, was a historic day for Greece’s policy record in the field of nature conservation and sustainable development. The parliament of the country ratified the international ‘Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park Area’ by an overwhelming majority.

  • Vanuatu makes progress towards joining the Ramsar Convention

    20 February 2017

    The Lake Letas, a crater lake in the centre of the volcanic island of Gaua in northern Vanuatu, is considered to become the country’s first Wetland of International Importance (‘Ramsar Site’) when Vanuatu joins the Convention.

  • Mexico’s environmental sector celebrated World Wetlands Day

    16 February 2017

    The National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas, CONANP) presented the Climate Change Adaptation Programme for the Marismas Nacionales region. The Programme recognises the value of the wetlands and proposes specific actions for their conservation.

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: 2,260

Total surface of designated sites: 215,276,293 ha

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