• 2017 Wetlands Youth Photo Contest – The Top 50

    28 March 2017

    We are pleased to announce the Top 50 pictures of the 2017 Wetlands Youth Photo Contest, which capture the theme “Wetlands that help us cope with extreme weather events."

  • Malaysia designates the Kota Kinabalu Wetland as a Ramsar Site

    28 March 2017

    Malaysia has designated the Kota Kinabalu Wetland as its seventh Wetland of International Importance. The Site is a mangrove swamp in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City on the northern coast of Sabah State.

  • Algeria launches bold strategy to conserve its wetlands

    27 March 2017

    In a major boost for Algeria’s vulnerable wetlands, the government has adopted anew national strategy to conserve them for the long-term benefit of people and nature. Officially launched in February, the 15-year National Strategy for Ecosystem Management of Wetlands marks a new era in wetland conservation in the country.

  • Conservation of Pacific coasts and oceans

    27 March 2017

    The importance of coasts and oceans for people is highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goal 14: "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development". The Government of Fiji organized a meeting in Suva in March 2017 for Pacific Small Island Developing States to coordinate their position on the draft of the “Call for Action”. 

  • Peatland restoration plan to cut climate change gas emission

    24 March 2017

    An £8m fund to help restore Scotland's peatlands has been launched by the Scottish government. The restoration work will help reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by locking carbon into the environment. It is estimated there are 1.7 million hectares of peatland in Scotland, much of which is eroding.

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: 2,263

Total surface of designated sites: 215,383,987 ha

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