• The 8th Asian Wetland Symposium

    17 November 2017

    The 8th Asian Wetland Symposium was held in Saga, from 7 to 11 November, to discuss the importance of wetland conservation and their wise use in sustainable development. 450 participants from 25 countries attended the Symposium, including mayors of Japanese towns where three Ramsar Sites are situated, representatives from the local community, NGOs and scientists.

  • Australia to help Pacific countries meet climate goals

    16 November 2017

    This week during Fiji’s COP23 Presidency, the Australian Government announced an additional support to key climate initiatives to help Pacific countries mitigate and adapt to climate change and meet their climate goals. Australia will provide $6 million to support efforts to protect and manage coastal blue carbon ecosystems in the Pacific, in partnership with Fiji and other Pacific countries, regional institutions and private sector organisations.

  • Wetlands crucial in addressing climate change

    15 November 2017

    IGO Statement to UNFCCC COP23 on behalf of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Secretary General Martha Rojas-Urrego "The urgency to accelerate action and step up ambition to reach the long-term goals agreed in Paris has been rightly stressed during these past days. The conservation, sustainable use and restoration of wetlands can contribute significantly to the achievement of the Paris ambitions as efficient nature-based solutions for mitigation of climate change".  

  • UNFCCC COP23 Side-event: Nature-Based Solutions for Water and Adaptation to Climate Change

    10 November 2017

    This session centered on the role of nature-based solutions for water and adaptation to climate change focusing on the interlinkages of water, biodiversity, and climate change. Ramsar Senior Advisor for Europe, Tobias Salathé represented the Ramsar Convention at the roundtable discussion.

  • Ramsar Convention at UNFCCC COP23

    6 November 2017

    The 23rd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) will be held in Bonn, Germany, from 6 to 17 November 2017. The Ramsar delegation will emphasize the critical role of wetlands in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and advance wetlands as a major opportunity for countries seeking to meet their targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

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: 2,288

Total surface of designated sites: 220,928,531 ha

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