Investing in Wetlands

The Secretariat does not operate on-the-ground conservation projects directly, but the Convention does maintain three funding assistance programmes for small projects (or parts of larger projects) for the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

The Secretariat staff evaluate project proposals, make recommendations on their suitability, and perform the monitoring and follow-up to ensure that chosen projects are implemented successfully. The Small Grants Fund supports projects from around the world, both through direct assistance and through seeking donors for additional proposals. The Wetland for the Future initiative, funded by the United States State Department and Fish and Wildlife Services, supports small capacity building projects in Latin America. The Swiss Grant for Africa assists the Secretariat's Africa regional team in facilitating specific activities in that region. 

The secretariat is currently reviewing the purpose and approach for funding assistance programmes and will present options and recommendations to the next Conference of Parties. 

Wetlands for the Future

Since 1997, the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971), the United States State Department, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service have operated a special initiative,...

Small Grants Fund

The Parties to the Convention established the Small Grants Fund (SGF) in 1990 to help developing countries support the conservation and wise use of wetland resources, and the sustainable development...

Swiss Grants for Africa

This Fund, administered by the Ramsar Secretariat, is a generous contribution offered by the Federal Government of Switzerland over and above the annual dues provided to the Convention's core budget,...

The Nagao Wetland Fund

In 2016 the Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) in Japan made a generous voluntary donation to establish the Nagao Wetland Fund (NWF), to be administered by the Ramsar Secretariat.