• Ramsar Convention at the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development

    18 July 2018

    Ramsar Secretary General, Martha Rojas Urrego, represented the Ramsar Convention at the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development held in New York, United States, from 9 July to 18 July 2018. The High-level Political Forum is the United Nations’ central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Wetlands and the SDGs

    9 July 2018

    The multiple benefits and services provided by wetlands are essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new report "Wetlands and SDGs" highlights the critical role of wetlands in relation to the SDGs, and more specifically underscores the importance of conserving, using wisely and restoring this precious resource. 

  • Ramsar Convention at the Sixth GEF Assembly

    6 July 2018

    Jonathan Barzdo, Deputy Secretary General, and Maria Rivera, Senior Advisor for the Americas represented the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands at the Sixth GEF Assembly held in Viet Nam from 24 to 29 June, 2018.

  • Ecuador names the Cuyabeno Lagartococha Yasuní Wetland Complex as the largest Ramsar Site in the country

    19 June 2018

    Ecuador has designated its 19th Wetland of International Importance. The Site is located in the Amazon biogeographic region, and provides a corridor connecting the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with the Yasuní National Park, one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the world.

  • Colombia names its first Wetland of International Importance in Amazonia

    19 June 2018

    Colombia has designated the Lakes of Tarapoto Wetlands Complex (Complejo de humedales Lagos de Tarapoto) as its seventh Wetland of International Importance. The Site, located on the River Amazon in the far south of the country, consists of several lakes interconnected by rivers and creeks.


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: 2,315

Total surface of designated sites: 245,666,885 ha

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