The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance


Upon joining the Ramsar Convention, each Contracting Party is obliged by Article 2.4 of the treaty to designate at least one wetland site for inclusion in the List of Wetlands of International Importance. For further discussion of the Ramsar List and its role in the Convention, please click here.

The Ramsar List is available to the public in four forms.

The basic Ramsar List, a ca.42-page document available in hard copy from the Secretariat and on this Web site in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats, includes the name of each site, date of designation, in-country locality, surface area in hectares, and rough center coordinates.


A 30-page checklist of Ramsar sites in the order in which they were added to the Ramsar List, showing country name, site name, designation date, and Ramsar site number (PDF format).

The Annotated Ramsar List, a ca.470-page document available in spiral-bound hard copy from the Secretariat and on this Web site as a series of individual files with one for each Contracting Party, also includes a one-paragraph description of each Ramsar site.

The Ramsar Sites Information Service, maintained by Wetlands International, a searchable database of all Ramsar sites including additional information, in most cases including the latest Ramsar Information Sheet for each site.

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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

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