• Etang de Saint-Paul in Réunion named as a Ramsar Site

    20 August 2019

    France has designated Etang de Saint-Paul as its 49th Wetland of International Importance. It is the first Ramsar Site in the French overseas region of Réunion.

  • Land is a Critical Resource, IPCC report says

    12 August 2019

    Land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures. At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2ºC can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its latest report. 

  • Wetland City Accreditation - Call for applications

    6 August 2019

    Following the adoption of Resolution XII.10 on Wetland City Accreditation of the Ramsar Convention at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention (COP12) in June 2015, and Decision SC57-24 of the Ramsar Standing Committee (June 2019), the Secretariat is pleased to launch the call for applications to the second edition (2019-2021 triennium) of the Wetland City Accreditation.

  • China to host next Ramsar COP14 in 2021

    27 June 2019

    China was officially accepted as the host for the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP14) to take place in the city of Wuhan in 2021. The announcement was made on 26th June 2019 during a plenary session of the 57th Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC57) attended by over 150 delegates from 63 countries.

  • More than 150 participants from 63 countries attend the 57th Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention

    25 June 2019

    Chair of the Standing Committee, Mohamed Saif Al Afkham, opened the first plenary session saying, “This meeting is about setting the groundwork for 2019-2021 triennium and build a solid road map to deliver on COP13 resolutions. Global Wetlands Outlook statistics need to be constantly remembered while we are taking next steps and decisions for wetlands."

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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: 170

Number of Ramsar Sites: 2,355

Total surface of designated sites: 252,538,374 ha