• Ramsar and UNCCD commit to Land Degradation Neutrality

    14 November 2014

    Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Christopher Briggs, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, announced a public commitment "to create a sustainable and resilient future for our children by stopping and reversing land degradation" at IUCN World Parks Congress.

  • World Wetlands Day 2015 material now available!

    3 November 2014

    A full range of World Wetlands Day support materials for organizers and teachers is available for download on the main World Wetlands Day website. We can use your help in spreading the word!

  • COP12 in Punta del Este, Uruguay

    2 October 2014

    Wetlands for our future

    The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP12) will take place in Punta del Este, Uruguay, from 1 to 9 June 2015. 

  • The Ramsar video: "Wetlands: keeping our planet alive and well"

    4 July 2014

    The Ramsar video tells a story about the importance of wetlands for human beings and issues that these most precious resources are facing. The Ramsar Convention helps people to work together and manage these vital ecosystems.

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: 2,186

Total surface of designated sites: 208,449,277 ha

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