• Brazil designates three Ramsar Sites

    11 January 2018

    Brazil has declared three exceptional and diverse wetland areas as Wetlands of International Importance: the Environmental Protection Area of Cananéia-Iguape-Peruíbe, in São Paulo and Paraná States; Guaratuba, on the southernmost coast of the state of Paraná; and Ilha Grande National Park near the border with Paraguay.

  • Poland adds three new Sites to the Ramsar List

    10 January 2018

    Poland has added three diverse wetland sites to the List of Wetlands of International Importance: Peatland of the Izera River Valley, Przemków Fish Ponds and Vistula River Mouth.

  • Cooperation for the Mesopotamian Marshes

    4 January 2018

    The Mesopotamian Marshes are shared between Iraq and I.R. Iran, and form one of the largest freshwater marshes in the world. The Ramsar Advisory Mission took place from 16 to 23 December 2017 where officials from both countries were present to identify ways for future cooperation as a first step towards the long term conservation and sustainable development of the marshes, including ways to reduce the incidence of sand and dust storms.

  • France designates a new Ramsar Site in the Somme and Avre valleys

    18 December 2017

    France has designated Marais et tourbières des vallées de la Somme et de l’Avre as a Wetland of International Importance. The Site is part of one of the largest alkaline peat complexes in north-west Europe.

  • Wetlands; a sustainable solution for water purification and security

    6 December 2017

    "Finding sustainable solutions for improved management and re-use of waste-water is urgent. In this regard, wetlands play a significant role in pollution control and detoxification" said Ramsar Secretary General Martha Rojas Urrego in her statement to the UN Environment Assembly taking place in Nairobi, Kenya. 

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: 169

Number of Ramsar Sites: 2,293

Total surface of designated sites: 225,418,823 ha

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