• The organization of World Wetlands Day in France

    26 November 2020

    The Ramsar France association, which steers the WWD in France, is publishing a summary document, translated into several languages, explaining the French organization and identifying the causes for the growing success of WWD in France over the past 10 years (2010-2020).

  • India names two more Wetlands of International Importance

    11 November 2020

    India has added two new “Ramsar Sites”, its 40th and 41st: Sur Sarovar in the State of Uttar Pradesh and Lonar Lake on the Deccan Plateau in Maharashtra State.

  • Burkina Faso designates Barrage de Samandéni

    28 October 2020

    This wetland is located in the West Sudanian savannah in southern Burkina Faso, and benefits from a wetter and cooler climate than the rest of the country, and its least disturbed forest formations due to the relatively low human population density of the region.

  • Croatia completes updating of its Wetlands of International Importance

    20 October 2020

    Croatia has now completed the process of updating the information on its five Wetlands of International Importance. They are very diverse, and feature coastal lakes, inland deltas and fishponds among other wetland habitats.

  • A new toolkit for National Wetlands Inventories

    19 October 2020

    The new toolkit provides practical guidance and examples of how to conduct an inventory, including a systematic process and resources to support each recommendation. It also links NWI to SDG targets, including suggestions for building the case for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. 

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About the Convention on Wetlands

The Convention on Wetlands 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: 171

Number of Wetlands of International Importance: 2,412

Total surface of designated sites: 254,467,869 ha