• Ramsar Convention Turns 45 as Diverse Events Mark World Wetlands Day 2016

    5 February 2016

    2 February 2016: World Wetlands Day 2016 was marked by more than 800 events addressing the theme of ‘Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods.' In recognition of the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the global observance event took place in the historic city of Isfahan, Iran.

  • Three new Ramsar Sites for China

    4 February 2016

    China has designated three new Ramsar Sites, bringing the total number of Sites in the country to 49. The recent additions are Anhui Shengjin Lake National Nature Reserve, Zhangye Heihe Wetland National Nature Reserve, and Guangdong Nanpeng Archipelago Wetlands, a chain of four islands in the most northern section of the South China Sea.

  • Ramsar Acting Secretary General Ania Grobicki celebrates World Wetlands Day in the Islamic Republic of Iran

    2 February 2016

    45 years ago in Iran, in the city of Ramsar, the Convention on Wetlands came into being. Today, Ramsar Acting Secretary General Ania Grobicki celebrated World Wetlands Day  alongside ministers, ambassadors, and representatives of universities and NGOs in the historic city of Isfahan. 

  • On World Wetlands Day Lake Cluster of Pokhara Valley becomes Nepal’s tenth Ramsar Site

    2 February 2016

    Thousands of people depend on the lakes for income from tourism, fishing, irrigation, electricity generation and water supply: an economic valuation has shown that Phewa Lake provides goods and services worth more than USD 279,000 per year.

  • Conservationists in Myanmar have a special reason to celebrate World Wetlands Day

    2 February 2016

    The designation of Indawgyi Lake as a Ramsar Site marks the Myanmar government’s commitment to conserve this special area, which supports the livelihood of some 30,000 people and is also home to a great diversity of water birds, fish and reptiles.

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: 2,227

Total surface of designated sites: 214,875,598 ha

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