Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands


Number of Contracting Parties: 159
Number of sites designated for the List of
Wetlands of International Importance: 1847
Total surface area of designated sites: 181,365,679 hectares

Country
Entry into force
Ramsar sites
Surface area
Albania
29.02.96
3
83,062
Algeria
04.03.84
42
2,959,615
Antigua and Barbuda
02.10.05
1
3,600
Argentina
04.09.92
18
5,315,376
Armenia
06.11.93
2
492,239
Australia
21.12.75
65
7,510,177
Austria
16.04.83
19
119,962
Azerbaijan
21.05.01
2
99,560
Bahamas
07.06.97
1
32,600
Bahrain
27.02.98
2
6,810
Bangladesh
21.09.92
2
611,200
Barbados
12.04.06
1
33
Belarus
25.08.91
8
285,807
Belgium
04.07.86
9
42,938
Belize
22.08.98
2
23,592
Benin
24.05.00
4
1,179,354
Bolivia
27.10.90
8
6,518,073
Bosnia and Herzegovina
01.03.92
3
56,779
Botswana
09.04.97
1
5,537,400
Brazil
24.09.93
8
6,434,086
Bulgaria
24.01.76
10
20,306
Burkina Faso
27.10.90
3
299,200
Burundi
05.10.02
1
1,000
Cambodia
23.10.99
3
54,600
Cameroon
20.07.06
3
606,615
Canada
15.05.81
37
13,066,675
Cape Verde
18.11.05
3
...
Central African Republic
05.04.06
1
101,300
Chad
13.10.90
6
12,405,068
Chile
27.11.81
9
159,154
China
31.07.92
36
3,168,210
Colombia
18.10.98
5
458,525
Comoros
09.06.95
3
16,030
Congo
18.10.98
7
8,454,259
Costa Rica
27.04.92
11
510,050
Côte d’Ivoire
27.06.96
6
127,344
Croatia
25.06.91
4
86,579
Cuba
12.08.01
6
1,188,411
Cyprus
11.11.01
1
1,107
Czech Republic
01.01.93
12
54,656
Democratic Republic of Congo
18.05.96
3
7,435,624
Denmark
02.01.78
38
2,078,823
Djibouti
22.03.03
1
3,000
Dominican Republic
15.09.02
1
20,000
Ecuador
07.01.91
13
201,126
Egypt
09.09.88
2
105,700
El Salvador
22.05.99
3
125,769
Equatorial Guinea
02.10.03
3
136,000
Estonia
29.07.94
12
225,960
Fiji
11.08.06
1
615
Finland
21.12.75
49
799,518
France
01.12.86
36
3,314,275
Gabon
30.04.87
9
2,818,469
Gambia
16.01.97
3
31,244
Georgia
07.06.97
2
34,480
Germany
26.06.76
34
868,226
Ghana
22.06.88
6
178,410
Greece
21.12.75
10
163,501
Guatemala
26.10.90
7
628,592
Guinea
18.03.93
16
6,422,361
Guinea-Bissau
14.05.90
1
39,098
Honduras
23.10.93
6
223,320
Hungary
11.08.79
28
235,430
Iceland
02.04.78
3
58,970
India
01.02.82
25
677,131
Indonesia
08.08.92
3
656,510
Iran, Islamic Republic of
21.12.75
22
1,481,147
Iraq
17.02.08
1
137,700
Ireland
15.03.85
45
66,994
Israel
12.03.97
2
366
Italy
14.04.77
51
60,052
Jamaica
07.02.98
3
37,765
Japan
17.10.80
37
131,027
Jordan
10.05.77
1
7,372
Kazakhstan
02.05.07
4
531,141
Kenya
05.10.90
5
101,849
Kyrgyz Republic
12.03.03
2
639,700
Latvia
25.11.95
6
148,718
Lebanon
16.08.99
4
?1075
Lesotho
01.11.04
1
434
Liberia
02.11.03
5
95,879
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
05.08.00
2
83
Liechtenstein
06.12.91
1
101
Lithuania
20.12.93
5
50,451
Luxembourg
15.08.98
2
17,213
Madagascar
25.01.99
6
787,555
Malawi
14.03.97
1
224,800
Malaysia
10.03.95
6
134,158
Mali
25.09.87
1
4,119,500
Malta
30.01.89
2
16
Marshall Islands
13.11.04
1
69,000
Mauritania
22.02.83
4
1,240,600
Mauritius
30.09.01
2
379
Mexico
04.11.86
113
8,161,357
Moldova
20.10.00
3
94,705
Monaco
20.12.97
1
23
Mongolia
08.04.98
11
1,439,530
Montenegro
03.06.06
1
20,000
Morocco
20.10.80
24
272,010
Mozambique
03.12.04
1
688,000
Myanmar
17.03.05
1
256
Namibia
23.12.95
4
629,600
Nepal
17.04.88
9
34,455
Netherlands
23.09.80
49
818,908
New Zealand
13.12.76
6
55,512
Nicaragua
30.11.97
8
405,691
Niger
30.08.87
12
4,317,869
Nigeria
02.02.01
11
1,076,728
Norway
21.12.75
37
116,369
Pakistan
23.11.76
19
1,343,627
Palau
18.02.03
1
493
Panama
26.11.90
4
159,903
Papua New Guinea
16.07.93
2
594,924
Paraguay
07.10.95
6
785,970
Peru
30.03.92
13
6,784,042
Philippines
08.11.94
4
68,404
Poland
22.03.78
13
145,075
Portugal
24.03.81
28
86,581
Republic of Korea
28.07.97
11
8,215
Romania
21.09.91
4
682,166
Russian Federation
11.02.77
35
10,323,767
Rwanda
01.04.06
1
...
Saint Lucia
19.06.02
2
85
Samoa
06.02.05
1
01.04.06
Sao Tome and Principe
21.12.06
1
23
Senegal
11.11.77
4
99,720
Serbia
27.04.92
9
55,627
Seychelles
22.03.05
1
121
Sierra Leone
13.04.00
1
295,000
Slovakia
01.01.93
14
40,697
Slovenia
25.06.91
3
8,205
South Africa
21.12.75
19
543,978
Spain
04.09.82
63
281,768
Sri Lanka
15.10.90
3
8,522
Sudan
07.05.05
4
8,189,600
Suriname
22.11.85
1
12,000
Sweden
21.12.75
51
514,506
Switzerland
16.05.76
11
8,676
Syrian Arab Republic
05.07.98
1
10,000
Tajikistan
18.11.01
5
94,600
Thailand
13.09.98
10
370,600
The FYR of Macedonia
08.09.91
2
21,616
Togo
04.11.95
4
1,210,400
Trinidad & Tobago
21.04.93
3
15,919
Tunisia
24.03.81
20
726,541
Turkey
13.11.94
12
179,482
Turkmenistan
03.07.09
1
267,124
Uganda
04.07.88
12
454,303
Ukraine
01.12.91
33
744,651
United Arab Emirates
29.12.07
1
620
United Kingdom
05.05.76
166
917,988
United Republic of Tanzania
13.08.00
4
4,868,424
United States of America
18.04.87
24
1,312,319
Uruguay
22.09.84
2
424,904
Uzbekistan
08.02.02
2
558,400
Venezuela
23.11.88
5
263,636
Viet Nam
20.01.89
2
25,759
Yemen
08.02.08
1
???
Zambia
28.12.91
8
4,030,500
former USSR
3
669,200

as of 29 May 2009

 

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