In January, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention with the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs of UNESCO. Effective 16 May 2018, the Convention enters into force for Ramsar’s 170th Contracting Party.
Poland has designated three diverse mountain wetland complexes as Wetlands of International Importance. It now boasts 19 Ramsar Sites.
On the occasion of the World Migratory Bird Day 2018, it is important to highlight the importance of coastal wetlands to the survival and well-being of migratory birds. The evidence is clear regarding the linkage between loss of coastal wetlands and a decline in the populations of migratory birds.
The UAE has ranked first in the marine protected areas in a global Environmental Performance Index (EPI) in 2018. The number of officially declared natural reserves in the country has increased from 19 in 2010 to 43 in 2017 including Ramsar Sites.
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: 2,308
Total surface of designated sites: 228,930,640 ha