About the Convention on Wetlands

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

The Convention was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975. Since then, almost 90% of UN member states, from all the world’s geographic regions, have acceded to become “Contracting Parties”. 

Introductory Course to the Convention on Wetlands (InforMEA e-Learning site)

The Convention on Wetlands and its mission

The Convention’s mission is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world”...

The Bodies of the Convention

The Contracting Parties implement the Convention on Wetlands in their territories and collaborate on shared projects. The government agency responsible for its national application is known as the country’s Administrative...

Partnerships

The Convention works with a diverse global network of partners to meet its objectives. They range from other global Conventions and agencies, to international and national non-governmental organizations and prominent...

Transparency

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) provides administrative services to the Convention on Wetlands. The Convention Secretariat follows IUCN procedures and policies as applicable. The most recent reports...