Ramsar FAQs: trivia questions on the Convention on Wetlands
Where does the name "Ramsar Convention" come from?
|The Convention on Wetlands -- formally entitled "The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat" -- was signed at an international conference in Caspian seaside town of Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, and the treaty has been known informally by that name ever since. The name should be written Ramsar Convention, not RAMSAR.|
Which nations signed the Final Act in Ramsar, 2 February 1971, recommending the Ramsar treaty to their governments?
|Signatory nations: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany (Federal Republic), India, Iran, Ireland, Jordan, Netherlands, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USSR, and the UK|
|Intergovernmental organizations participating in the Ramsar conference, FAO and UNESCO|
|Participating NGOs, CIC, IBP, ICBP, IUCN, IWRB and WWF|
Where was the original 1971 Ramsar conference meant to be held, before Ramsar, Iran, was substituted because of its better facilities?
Which international non-governmental organizations played an instrumental role in the evolution of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands?
Which five international NGOs have been officially recognized as "International Organization Partners" of the Ramsar Convention?
What was the first Ramsar Wetland of International Importance?
|Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia, 220,700 ha, designated 08/05/74|
Who are the "Wetland Persons of International Importance"?
|Thymio Papayannis, Greece, May 2001|
|Eckhart Kuikjen, Belgium, 26 November 2002|
|Veit Koester, Denmark, December 2002|
|Clayton Rubec, Canada, 4 November 2008|
|Makoto Komoda, Japan, 15 May 2009|
|Herbert Raffaele, USA, 13 July 2012|
Which Contracting Parties have the most Wetlands of International Importance?
Which Contracting Parties have the most surface area (in hectares) designated for the Ramsar List?
What are the largest Wetlands of International Importance?
|Ramsar Site||surface area in hectares||designated|
Ngiri-Tumba-Maindombe, Democratic Republic of Congo
Queen Maud Gulf, Northwest Territories, Canada
Grands affluents, Congo
Okavango Delta System, Botswana
Plaines d'inondation des Bahr Aouk et Salamat, Chad
Delta Intérieure du Niger, Mali
Malagarasi-Muyovozi Wetlands, Tanzania
Pantanal Boliviano, Bolivia
What are the smallest Wetlands of International Importance?
|surface area in hectares||designated|
Ganghwa Maehwamarum Habitat, Rep. Korea
Mare Aux Cochons High Altitude Freshwater Wetlands, Seychelles
Ile Alcatraz, Kamsar/Boke, Guinea
1 ha (1.0)
Somerset Long Bay Pond, Bermuda, UK
Gulf of Tubli, Bahrain
Hungry Bay Mangrove Swamp, Bermuda, UK
Lover's Lake, Bermuda, UK
Warwick Pond, Bermuda, UK
Odaesan National Park Wetlands, Rep. Korea
Tourbière du Lac Noir, Algeria
Parc de Tsarasaotra, Madagascar
|Note: Ramsar site areas are rounded up or down to the nearest hectare.|
What is the southernmost Ramsar site?
|Argentina, Glaciar Vinciguerra y turberas asociadas (16/09/09): 54º45’S 068º20’W|
When and where have the Ramsar Convention's meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties been held?
The Conference of the Parties numbers are used to designate the Convention's Resolutions and Recommendations; e.g., Recommendation 5.1 and Resolution VI.17 both deal with problems at Ramsar sites in specific Contracting Parties, adopted at Kushiro and Brisbane respectively.
Is there a recommended wording to the signs marking Wetlands of International Importance?
The 19th Meeting of the Standing Committee recommended the following wording for "signage" at Ramsar sites:
Decision SC19.18: The Contracting Parties should endeavor to place descriptive signs at all Ramsar sites, and these signs should include the Ramsar logo, as well as the following suggested text as amended to meet particular circumstances:
THIS SITE, COVERING xxx HECTARES, HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT FOR INCLUSION IN THE LIST OF WETLANDS OF INTERNATIONAL IMPORTANCE ESTABLISHED UNDER THE CONVENTION ON WETLANDS, THE INTERNATIONAL TREATY SIGNED IN RAMSAR (IRAN) IN 1971 TO PROMOTE THE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF WETLAND AREAS WORLDWIDE.
The protection and management of this site is under the responsibility of: [name and address, including telephone and fax numbers, of the appropriate agency].
Variation for countries with a federal system:
ON THE PROPOSAL OF [NAME OF THE STATE/PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT], THIS SITE, COVERING xxx HECTARES, HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT .... [continues as above]