• Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger declare a new transboundary Ramsar Site

    14 September 2018

    The governments of Burkina Faso, the Republic of Benin and the Republic of Niger have agreed to collaborate in the management of six exceptional Ramsar Sites covering 2.95 million hectares of savannah on both banks of the Niger and Pendjari Rivers.

  • Reiko Iitsuka appointed Senior Advisor for Asia-Oceania

    12 September 2018

    Reiko Iitsuka is the newly appointed Senior Advisor for Asia-Oceania of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, officially assuming her role at the Secretariat on 20 August 2018.

  • Sustainable development for a viable future: The pivotal role of wetlands

    11 September 2018

    by Ramsar Convention Secretary General, Martha Rojas Urrego

    "Quite simply, wetlands are an integral part of the solution—economically, socially, and environmentally. And it’s essential that wetlands be built into the SDG planning and implementation efforts of all countries and stakeholders."

  • Inlay Lake becomes Myanmar’s fifth Ramsar Site

    7 September 2018

    Myanmar has designated its fifth Wetland of International Importance. Inlay Lake Ramsar Site, located on the Shan Plateau of eastern Myanmar, is the second-largest inland lake in the country. Its unique geology has created ideal conditions for a wealth of plants and animals, including many which are endemic to the Site.

  • Klein Curaçao declared a Ramsar Site

    6 September 2018

    The Netherlands has designated Klein Curaçao as its 55th Wetland of International Importance. The Site consists of the small, uninhabited island and the surrounding sea, with a near-pristine, well-developed and still growing coral reef system.

COP13

Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future

21-29 October 2018

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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About Ramsar

The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Number of Contracting Parties: 170

Number of Ramsar Sites: 2,326

Total surface of designated sites: 249,579,562 ha

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