Logo and name of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Key information

  • The Ramsar Convention logo was adopted at the 21st meeting of the Standing Committee (decision SC21.4)
  • The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has communicated the logo to the States Parties to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and members of the World Trade Organization through the World Intellectual Property Organization, and this emblem is protected under Article 6ter of the Paris Convention.
  • The other versions of the logo are presented in the "Logo Library" and are available for use.
  • The Ramsar Convention logo may not be used for commercial purposes.
  • Logo Library (high resolution versions) 
  • Logo & Brand Guidelines (graphic rules)
  • Guidance on Signs for Ramsar Sites 
  • For the use of the Ramsar Convention flag please see below.

Conditions of use of the Ramsar Convention logo

Use by Ramsar Convention authorities

As the legal custodian of the logo, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat authorizes all national Ramsar Convention authorities (Administrative Authorities) to use the logo for official purposes and to promote wetland conservation and wise use. The Secretariat encourages the use of the logo by States Parties to the Convention, particularly in communication material (websites, leaflets, posters, etc.). The Secretariat is available to provide advice regarding the use.

Use by Ramsar Regional Initiatives

Ramsar Regional Initiatives are encouraged to use the Ramsar Convention logo side-by-side with their own. Please refer to the graphic guidelines for details.

Use by International Organization Partners

Prior written authorization must be obtained from the Secretariat before any use is made of the Ramsar logo. Please contact .

Where the Ramsar logo is to appear with the logo or logos of partner organizations, please refer to the graphic guidelines for details.

Use by other entities

Any individual or entity who wishes to use the Ramsar Convention logo for non-commercial purposes, to show their association with the Convention  in the country in which they are based, should seek the approval of the national authority responsible for the implementation of the Convention. 


Any individual or entity in a country that is not a Contracting Party to the Convention, should seek the approval of the Ramsar Convention Secretariat at

Examples of Ramsar Convention logo use for non-commercial purposes, which need to be approved by the national authority:

  • Non-commercial publications,
  • Printed materials (such as flyers, brochures, posters, etc.),
  • Non-commercial promotional products (such as T-shirts, stationery, etc.),
  • Postage stamps,
  • Banners,
  • Websites.

Use of the flag of the Ramsar Convention

  • The flag is a formal representation of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
  • The flag is a ceremonial object at each meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties (COP), where it is handed to the host country of the next COP.  At each meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties, the flag is flown and displayed at the venue.
  • The flag also marks the presence of the headquarters of the Ramsar Convention Secretariat in Gland, Switzerland, and this is the only location where the flag may be permanently displayed. 
  • The flag can be displayed at official Ramsar Convention events.

The name of the Convention

The Ramsar Convention Secretariat encourages the use of the name of the Convention as  “the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Other ways of referring to the Convention also may be used:

  • Convention on Wetlands and
  • Ramsar Convention.

The word “Ramsar” is not an acronym and so is not capitalized. It is the name of an Iranian city, and is therefore usually written as “Ramsar”. It should be capitalized only when it is part of a text that is capitalized, for example in a heading: THE RAMSAR CONVENTION ON WETLANDS.

Logo Library

In this section you can find Ramsar Convention logo in the following versions: “jpg” format is for a general use; “png” format is for use on websites; and “eps” format...

Logo Graphic Rules

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Signage at Ramsar Sites

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