• Brazil designates six remarkable new Ramsar Sites

    25 July 2017

    Brazil has declared six new Sites as Wetlands of International Importance, which together cover over 1.2 million hectares. The new Sites host a rich and diverse flora and fauna, including endemic and endangered species.

  • United Arab Emirates designates Al-Zora Protected Area as a Ramsar Site

    23 July 2017

    The United Arab Emirates has designated its seventh Wetland of International Importance. The Al-Zora Protected Area in Ajman city is a protected area covering 195 hectares at the end of the one-kilometre Ajman Creek which flows into the Gulf.

  • Malawi declares Elephant Marsh as its second Ramsar Site

    18 July 2017

    Malawi has designated Elephant Marsh as its second Wetland of International Importance. The Site, situated in the lower Shire valley in Southern Malawi, is a mosaic of rooted swamp vegetation, floating flora and open water with grassy margins and reed beds, interspersed with islands containing reeds, shrubs and palm trees.

  • Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar Site project boosted by state funding

    14 July 2017

    The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, a community based Natural Resource Management organisation, has been successful in securing $20,000 through the state Government’s new Local Projects, Local Jobs Program. The funding will provide a much needed boost to the project dedicated to the2 6,500 hectare Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar Site. 

  • Call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards 2018

    10 July 2017

    The Secretariat is pleased to launch the call for nominations for the seventh edition of the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards. The Awards will be presented at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in October 2018.

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: 2,280

Total surface of designated sites: 220,453,845 ha

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