12 key messages


Help us spread Ramsar messages

The Ramsar Convention used its anniversary year to continue bringing attention to the wonders of wetlands and the urgent need to protect them. We developed 12 key messages for you about Ramsar and wetlands to be shared from the 2nd February 2011 to January 2012.

What can you still do with these messages?

Our actions and messages are obviously not ending with our anniversary year. We hope you will continue to use them to take care of wetlands at the international, national and local level during the next 40 years at least! Make use of them to increase the visibility of the Convention and of your work. 

Key message 1The Ramsar Convention – 40 years of caring for wetlands
Key message 2Wetlands support us all
Key message 3Wise use of wetlands here and now
Key message 4Wetlands – hotspots of biodiversity
Key message 5Wetlands for water and water for wetlands
Key message 6A global network of wetlands for sustaining people and our environment
Key message 7Wetlands are part of the carbon cycle – don’t destroy them
Key message 8Wetlands and urbanization
Key message 9Sharing our wetlands is vital
Key message 10Healthy wetlands mean healthy people and sustainable livelihoods
Key message 11Wetlands and extractive industries – what’s at stake?
Key message 12Wetlands, leisure and tourism – take a breath of fresh air




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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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