Frequently asked questions
Here are quick answers to some of the questions most often asked about the Ramsar Convention:
What are wetlands?
Why conserve wetlands?
Why an intergovernmental convention on wetlands?
What is the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands?
Why do countries join the Convention?
What are the Parties' commitments under the Convention?
What are the "three pillars" of the Convention?
What is the Ramsar concept of "wise use"?
What is the "Ramsar List"?
What are the Criteria for Identifying Wetlands of International Importance?
What is the "Montreux Record"?
What is the "Ramsar Advisory Mission"?
What are "Transboundary Ramsar Sites"?
What are the "IOPs"?
What is the role of National Ramsar Committees?
How does Ramsar collaborate with other MEAs?
Bonus track: Historical FAQs and trivia lists