• World's largest tropical peatland found in Congo basin

    20 January 2017

    Scientists have discovered the world’s largest tropical peatland in the remote Congo swamps, estimated to store the equivalent of three year’s worth of the world’s total fossil fuel emissions. Researchers mapped the Cuvette Centrale peatlands in the central Congo basin and found they cover 145,500 sq km – an area larger than England. The swamps could lock in 30bn tonnes of carbon making the region one of the most carbon-rich ecosystems on Earth.

  • Sweden extends Tärnasjön Ramsar Site

    16 January 2017

    Sweden has updated the information on Tärnasjön (Ramsar Site no. 29), and the Site has been extended to incorporate the Mire Protection Plan Site “Tärnasjön och Ånkardalen” and other wetland types, resulting in an increase in area of over 11,000 hectares.

  • Ukraine designates two new Ramsar Sites

    19 December 2016

    Ukraine has two new Wetlands of International Importance, Syra Pogonia Bog and Somyne Swamps, both in the north-western Rivnenska Oblast.

  • CEPA Story

    16 December 2016

    Georgian Bay Forever and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority have jointly developed and coordinated a Community Action Plan to protect Collingwood’s Coastal Wetlands of Great Lakes, Canada from an invasive species. 10,000 kilograms of  'Phragmites' were removed from  wetlands thanks to community action.

  • COP13 news: Mainstreaming of Biodiversity into Agricultural Practice: Rice Paddy Resolution of the Ramsar Convention for Biodiversity Conservation Practice

    14 December 2016

    One of the key agendas of the CBD COP 13 is to discuss how to make agriculture more sustainable for biodiversity. Experts from the CBD, Ramsar Convention, FAO and others exchanged views on how they can contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. 

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: 2,250

Total surface of designated sites: 214,974,777 ha

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