• Nordic governments call for stronger protection of peatlands as a buffer against climate change

    29 May 2015

    Joint statement on the importance of peatlands made by the Nordic Council of Ministers for the Environment underlines the importance of the Ramsar Convention as a global framework to spur national action and regional and international cooperation.

  • Wetlands spotlight shines on Uruguayan paradise

    22 May 2015

    The spotlight will shine on Uruguay's spectacular Bañados del Este y Franja Costera wetland when it hosts the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP12) in Punta del Este between 1-9 June.

  • Healthy wetlands 'critical' to sustainable future

    6 May 2015

    With less than four weeks to go until the Ramsar Convention’s key three-yearly meeting in Uruguay, Secretary General Dr Christopher Briggs says it is ‘critical’ that the world’s governments start to restore wetlands to a healthy state to ensure water in the ‘right quantity and quality is available for our future needs’. 

  • WORLD WETLANDS DAY YOUTH PHOTO CONTEST: THE WINNERS

    13 April 2015

    The Youth Photo Contest for World Wetlands Day has been a massive success! We have been overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of the images we have received.

  • Ramsar Secretary General joins the world from Uganda to celebrate World Wetlands Day

    13 March 2015

    Dr. Christopher Briggs joined the rest of the world to celebrate World Wetlands Day at the Lutembe Bay Wetland System, a Ramsar Site of International Importance in Uganda.

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: 2,209

Total surface of designated sites: 210,734,441,.41 ha

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