• Wetlands: The Hidden Resource for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

    1 December 2015

    Between now and the end of the year, the world’s governments will meet to discuss the global agendas for both sustainable development and climate change. They would do well to remember the contribution that wetlands can make.

  • Wetlands presence at the Nature Solutions Pavilion at the COP21 in Paris

    1 December 2015

    With financial support from ONEMA (French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments), MedWet, the Ramsar Convention’s Regional Initiative, is ensuring the participation of the key French wetlands-related organizations in COP21.

  • Four new Ramsar Sites for Japan

    30 November 2015

    The Government of Japan has recently designated four wetland areas as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites). These are the Yoshigadaira Wetlands located on an active volcano, two tidal mudflats, Hizen Kashima-higata and Higashiyoka-higata, and the Hinuma Lake.

  • World Wetlands Day 2016 materials are now available!

    20 November 2015

    Today we are thrilled to announce that all materials are now available to download at: www.worldwetlandsday.org

  • Developing a Ramsar Regional Initiative for Central Asia

    19 November 2015

    The Ramsar Secretariat, together with the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, organized a regional workshop in Dushanbe from 10 to 13 November 2015 for the Ramsar Contracting Parties and partners from Central Asia. 

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: 2,220

Total surface of designated sites: 214,207,401,.74 ha

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