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The importance of wetlands

Wetlands are vital for human survival. They are among the world’s most productive environments; cradles of biological diversity that provide the water and productivity upon which countless species of plants and animals depend for survival.

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The Convention

The Convention on Wetlands is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Almost 90% of UN member states, from all the world’s geographic regions, have acceded to become “Contracting Parties”.

About the Convention Background

The Convention on Wetlands is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Number of contracting parties:

172

Number of wetlands:

2.518

Total surface of designated sites:

257.289.430
ha

In your country

Ramsar sites

11

Surface area of

14.690
ha
The Convention in your country

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