The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards was presented in October 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (COP13).
At its 53rd meeting, the Standing Committee adopted the categories, criteria and procedures for the Awards, through Decision SC53-13.
Three Awards were granted and each recipient received the Evian Special Prize of US$ 10,000 offered by the Danone Group as part of its support to the Convention.
The categories are:
- the Ramsar Convention Award for Wetland Wise Use, rewarding a contribution to the long-term sustainable use of wetlands
- the Ramsar Convention Award for Wetland Innovation, rewarding innovative techniques that contributes to the wise use of wetlands and;
- the Ramsar Convention Award for Young Wetland Champions, rewarding a young person or a group of young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have contributed to the wise use of wetlands.