Partnerships

The Convention works with a diverse global network of partners to meet its objectives. They range from other global Conventions and agencies, to international and national non-governmental organizations and prominent private companies.

Ramsar's Strategic Plan 2016-2024 acknowledges the importance of partnerships in enhancing the implementation of the Convention. Paragraph 42 reads: “The wise use of wetlands and their resources will ultimately involve a range of actors well beyond those responsible for the management and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and other wetlands. This holds at local, national, regional and global levels where existing partnerships […] should be strengthened and new partnerships with civil society and the business sector forged […].”

The Contracting Parties at COP12 confirmed their commitment to collaboration through Resolution XII.7. They recognized the need for focused fundraising activities to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan, and encouraged Parties to “enter into north-south, south-south and triangular cooperation”.

Ramsar is one of many multilateral environmental agreements. It works closely with other relevant global treaties, including the six other global biodiversity-related Conventions, with regional biodiversity agreements and with other relevant Conventions such as the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Ramsar has many agreements with non-governmental bodies, foremost among them six which have been formally approved by the Contracting Parties as International Organization Partners.

The Convention also benefits from implementation support from private companies, in particular the Danone Group including the Evian brand and the Star Alliance airline network.

Contracting Parties can collaborate through Ramsar Regional Initiatives which support regional cooperation between a wide range of stakeholders.

The International Organization Partners

The Convention works very closely with six global non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which, in Resolution VII.3 (1999), were confirmed in the formal status of International Organization Partners of the Convention. Birdlife...

Partnerships with other Conventions

Ramsar is one of the oldest multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). Its mission covers the wise use of wetlands for their ecosystems and also their water resources. Ramsar therefore works particularly...

Partnerships with the private sector

Beginning with the pioneering collaboration between the Ramsar Convention and the Danone Group and its Evian water company, the Convention has welcomed opportunities to expand the resource base of the...

Formal partnership agreements

The Convention supports numerous collaborations with formal written and signed agreements. These may take the form of an exchange of signed letters, a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Memorandum...