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Wetlands are vital for life! 

Without action, millions of hectares of wetlands will be lost over the next few years. One way to stop the loss of wetlands is through the implementation of the Convention and its mission: the conservation and wise use of all wetlands. Effective implementation of the Convention and the conservation of the essential services provided by wetlands require many actions, including making inventories, evaluating the health of the wetland, managing and restoring wetlands and building capacities in developing countries to maintain sustainable use of wetlands and their services that are Vital for Life!

To help implement the Convention on Wetlands, there are a number of special projects, Initiatives and programmes that need funding. Donations will be used to help to stop the loss of wetlands and assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition to maintain and restore these valuable natural resources.

Funding is needed for the following programmes, initiatives and projects:

1. RAMSAR SMALL GRANTS FUND

2. RAMSAR ADVISORY MISSIONS

3. MANGROVE FORESTS 

4. THE ECONOMICS OF ECOSYSTEMS AND BIODIVERITY: SPECIAL REPORT WATER AND WETLANDS

5. DEFINING THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S WETLANDS

6. NEW IT SYSTEM FOR DATA AND INFORMATION SHEETS ON RAMSAR SITES

7. REGIONAL INITIATIVES

Donations to the programmes, initiatives and projects posted on this page will help to conserve or restore rivers and other wetlands in order to secure clean, fresh water for people and nature, conserve wetland forests, better manage water resources, conserve mangrove forests and protect coral reefs, fund special missions to evaluate wetlands in danger, educate and inform the public on their values, support vital scientific and technical studies, help governments to designate new Wetlands of International Importance, improve legislation, develop wetland policy, and ensure wetlands are healthy and available for use by all.

Further information can be provided by contacting contributions [at] ramsar.org or, in the case of Regional Initiatives, the name of the contact person included in the description or found at the Initiative’s website.

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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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