The Convention’s CEPA Programme

16/04/2001

Wetland Information


The World Wetlands Day sticker produced in 2009 by the Ramsar Secretariat. More information here.

This section of the CEPA mini-Web site provides background information on wetlandsfor anyone interested in finding out about  the basics. What is a wetland? What are the functions and values of wetlands? What is the role of wetlands in the water cycle? What are Ramsar sites? Where are Ramsar sites located? Where are the world's wetlands located? It includes materials produced by the Ramsar Secretariat, all of which can be obtained from the Secretariat, some of these are available online and some are also available as design files so that text can be translated into other languages (contact the Secretariat for further information). Also included in this section are useful facts and figures on water and wetlands from other sources, some of them at a national scale and others at the global level.

Please let us know about good Web sites or other sources of basic wetland information (contact hails@ramsar.org).  

 

 

FROM THE CONVENTION
What is the Ramsar Convention?

Fact sheet on the Convention

How does the Ramsar Convention define a wetland? What wetland types are recognized by the Convention? What criteria are used to define Ramsar sites? Where are Ramsar sites located? Read about it here.

Definition & wetland types
Ramsar site criteria
Ramsar Sites Information Service
Ramsar site list

Produced for Word Wetlands Day 2010, a poster, stickers, 16-page full colur brochure, do-it-yourself bird mobile, and comic strip all on the theme/slogan Caring for wetlands: an answer to climate change.  Available in print format (poster, stickers and brochure) and in soft copy. Design files are available upon  request.

All available here

Produced for World Wetlands Day 2009, a poster with the slogan Upstream - Downastream: wetlands connect us all. Available in English, French and Spanish in hard copy. Also available, a sticker in hard copy, and a 12-page full colour brochure on the themes, two comic strips, and a Do-it-yourself origami frog all in electronic format only. Design files are available for those wishing to customize and print their own copies.

All available here

Produced for World Wetlands Day 2008, a poster with the theme Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People and two stickers on this theme. Available in English, French and Spanish in hard copy. Design files are available for those wishing to customize and print their own copies. A series of 10 fact sheets were also produced on the theme as well as a Do-it-yourself turtle.
Produced for World Wetlands Day 2007, a poster with the theme Fish for Tomorrow? Available in English, French and Spanish in hard copy. Design files are available for those wishing to customize and print their own copies. Also produced, a 12-page leaflet on Fish For Tomorrow?, a web animation on the same theme and a Do-it-yourslef fish.

All available here

Produced for World Wetlands Day 2006, two posters with the theme  In the face of poverty - wetlands are lifelines. All available in English, French and Spanish in hard copy and as Quark Xpress files for those wishing to customize and print their own copies.

 

Produced for World Wetlands Day 2005, a poster with the theme  There's wealth in wetland diversity - don't lose it. Available in English, French and Spanish in hard copy and as Quark Xpress files for those wishing to customize and print their own copies.
Produced for World Wetlands Day 2004, a poster with the theme  From the Mountains to the Sea: Wetlands at Work for us and a three-page leaflet  Working for Wetlands. All available in English, French and Spanish in hard copy and as Quark Xpress files for those wishing to customize and print their own copies.

From the Mountains to the Sea:
Wetlands at Work for Us

Working for Wetlands

Produced for World Wetlands Day 2003, a poster with the theme No Wetlands - No Water. Available in English, French and Spanish in hard copy and as Quark Xpress files for those wishing to customize and print their own copies.

No Wetlands -No Water  poster

Produced for World Wetlands Day, 2002, the Ramsar Secretariat's poster and fact sheets on the Cultural Heritage of Wetlands. Available in hard copy and can also be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from the Convention's Web site.

The Ramsar Site Information Service provides information on wetlands designated as internationally important under the Ramsar Convention. Wetlands International manages and develops the Ramsar Sites Database (RSIS) under contract to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat. Looking for a Ramsar Site in particular country? Need to know all the Ramsar Sites that include mangroves? Or lakes? Or coral reefs? Search for your information here.

Ramsar Sites Information Service
(on-line)

Ramsar video Wetlands: keeping our planet alive and well (2009). Available on DVD in English, French, and Spanish versions upon request to the Secretariat. The videos can also be downloaded individually in Quicktime .MOV format in long (27MB, 5 minutes) and short versions (14MB, 2 minutes).

Long, English
Long, French
Long, Spanish

Short, English
Short, French
Short, Spanish

Ramsar video on Wetlands, water and sustainability (2002). Can be downloaded in .MOV format, suitable for viewing with QuickTime and other media players. Also available in DVC PRO for production of multiple copies and as an international version (without commentary) for production in other languages.

Ramsar video on wetlands

OTHER SOURCES
Vital Water Graphics from UNEP gives a clear overview, through a set of graphics, maps and other illustrations, of the state of the world's fresh and marine waters.
Facts and Trends, produced by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, is written to raise the awareness in the business sector of critical water issues - plenty facts and figures and good graphics.
Web-based basic information on wetlands in Canada from the University of Guelph. There are four easy-to-read chapters (Introduction to wetlands, Classification of wetlands; Wetland regions in Canada; and the Ramsar Conventions.
Water Science for Schools is a web-based source of basic information on all aspects of water in our environment. Aimed specifically at schools, it covers a very broad range of topics - surface water, groundwater, aquifers, water pollution and much, much more. Provides a downloadable diagram of the Water Cycle in 25 languages!

Water Science for Schools

This Watersheds of the World CD is the product of a collaboration between IUCN, IWMI, WRI and the Ramsar Convention. It provides maps of land cover, population density and biodiversity for 154 basins and sub-basins around the world. It lists indicators and variables for each of these basins and, where appropriate, provides links and references to relevant information. It further contains 20 global maps portraying relevant water resources issues. Available for download or on-line use.

Watersheds of the World

Wetland Fact Sheets from the USA's EPA provide a whole package of information for anyone interested in wetlands. The sheets, each downloadable in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, include Wetlands Overview, Funding Wetland Projects, Types of Wetlands, Wetland Monitoring & Assessment, Functions & Values of Wetlands, Sustainable Communities, Threats to Wetlands, Volunteering for Wetlands, Wetland Restoration, and Teaching about Wetlands.

Wetlands Fact Sheets

On-line training module on wetland values and functions provided by EPA's Water Academy Distance Learning Program. Well presented and concisely written, the material is intended as a self-paced training module for wetland managers but would be suitable for teachers and upper secondary students too.

Wetland functions and values training module

From  basic information on estuaries in the USA - what is an estuary, estuary restoration, economic value of estuaries, major causes of habitat loss etc

Restore America's Estuaries

How many wetlands are there in the world?  Where are they located?

Global review of wetland resources

From the USA's EPA, a document that can be downloaded as a series of PDF files covering wetland science, wetland types, wetland functions. Aimed at teachers and includes classroom activities as well as basic wetland information.

World in our backyard


Return to the Outreach Programme index page

Back to top
Follow us 
Ramsar Awards 

The Convention today

Number of » Contracting Parties: 168 Sites designated for the
» List of Wetlands of
International Importance
2,186 Total surface area of designated sites (hectares): 208,674,247

Ramsar Secretariat

Rue Mauverney 28
CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 22 999 0170
Fax: +41 22 999 0169
E-Mail: ramsar@ramsar.org
Map: click here

Ramsar Forum: subscribe