Ramsar assistance programmes

The Ramsar Convention maintains three assistance programmes for small projects (or parts of larger projects) for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The Small Grants Fund supports projects from around the world, both through direct assistance and through seeking donors for additional proprosals. 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 Ramsar Small Grants Fund

The Small Grants Fund for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use (SGF) provides financial assistance for wetland conservation projects (maximum Swiss Francs 40,000) in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. It relies exclusively upon voluntary contributions and your help is welcome!    More Information »

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, the Wetlands for the Future (WFF) training program, to benefit Latin American and Caribbean institutions and individuals through capacity building and training in the conservation and wise use of wetlands.  This initiative promotes the implementation of the concept of "wise use" of wetlands through strengthening the capacity of countries to manage their wetland resources in perpetuity and contributing to integrate wetland conservation and management with the development process.   More Information »

The Swiss Grant for Africa

The Swiss Grant Fund for Africa, administered by the Ramsar Secretariat since 1989, is a generous contribution offered by the Federal Government of Switzerland over and above the annual dues provided to the Convention's core budget, in order to support wetland conservation and wise use and the implementation of the Convention in Africa.  The Swiss Grant is extremely useful in financing suitable emergency action or specific activities in needy areas of wetland conservation and wise use and is also particularly helpful in promoting the Convention in the region. It is administered under the supervision of the Senior Advisor for Africa in the Ramsar Secretariat, in collaboration with the Swiss authorities, and there is no formal application process for this initiative.   More Information »
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Number of » Contracting Parties: 168 Sites designated for the
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2,186 Total surface area of designated sites (hectares): 208,674,342

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