• New Ramsar Policy Brief series

    20 June 2017

    The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce that the first two Ramsar Policy Briefs on 'Wetlands and Disaster Risk Reduction' and 'Integrating multiple wetland values into decision making' are now available online. Policy Briefs are short summary papers on wetland-related issues to facilitate decision making. They provide policy options and an evaluation of these options for a specific audience of policy makers. 

  • Wetland City Accreditation - Call for applications

    15 June 2017

    The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention has the pleasure to launch the call for applications for Wetland City Accreditation.

  • ‘Wetlands are being lost faster than forests’

    13 June 2017

    Interview with Ramsar Secretary General, Martha Rojas-Urrego conducted by Laura Betancur Alarcón for 'El Tiempo', a nationally distributed daily newspaper in Colombia.

  • Ramsar Secretariat hosts first GlobWetland Africa workshop

    13 June 2017

    "GlobWetland Africa will help African authorities to make the best use of satellite-based information on wetland extent and condition for better measuring the ecological state of wetlands and hence their capacity to support biodiversity and provide ecosystem services" said Ramsar Deputy Secretary General, Jonathan Barzdo, as he opened the session. 

  • Jakarta hosts two global conferences to accelerate action for peatlands restoration

    12 June 2017

    In May 2017 Jakarta hosted two important international conferences on peatlands: Global Landscapes Forum  "Peatlands matter" and partners' meeting of the Global Peatlands Initiative.

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: 2,271

Total surface of designated sites: 219,175,951 ha

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