Formal partnership agreements

The Convention supports numerous collaborations with formal written and signed agreements. These may take the form of an exchange of signed letters, a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC), or a Joint Work Plan (JWP).

All these agreements can be viewed in the library here. In addition, the list below links directly to the currently active agreements. In some cases these are transcribed copies of the originals.

Global Multilateral Environmental Agreements

International Agencies and Organizations and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievements of the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets (2011 – 2020)
5th Joint Work Plan with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD: 2011 – 2020)
Liaison Group of the Biodiversity-related Conventions (since 2011)
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS: since 2012)
UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme (since 2002)
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa (UNCCD - since 1998)
UNESCO – World Heritage Centre (since 1999)

Regional Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Carpathian Convention (since 2006)
Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (2012 – 2017)

Global intergovernmental organizations and processes

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES: 2017 - 2019)
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD: since 2002)
UNEP Great Apes Survival Project Partnership (GRASP: since 2007)
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) (2016 - 2018)
UNESCO - IHE (and Charles Sturt University) on the Ramsar Chair on Wise Use (2013 – 2018)
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) (2016 - 2021)

Regional intergovernmental organizations and processes

African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA: 2013 – 2018)
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (since 2011)
Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) – Working Group of the Arctic Council (since 2012)
ICPDR – International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, on observer status of Ramsar Convention at Danube River Protection Convention (since 2000)
Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC: since 2002)
The Niger Basin Authority (NBA: since 2002)
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) (2016 - 2018)

International Organization Partners (IOPs)

IOPs (BirdLife, IUCN, IWMI, Wetlands International, WWF International) (2011 – 2017)
IUCN-US, Letter of Agreement on mobilization of funds (2012 – 2017)
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT: 2016 - 2019)

Other International NGOs and organizations

France - Association Ramsar France : Charte pour la gestion des sites Ramsar (in French, since 2011)
Charles Sturt University (and UNESCO - IHE) on the Ramsar Chair on Wise Use (2013 – 2018) (2013 – 2018)
Conservation International (2013 – 2018)
Ducks Unlimited (since 2012)
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (2015 – 2021)
International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA: since 2001)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA: 2015 – 2020)
Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (2016 - 2021)
Society for Ecological Restoration (SER: 2012 – 2018)
Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS: 2017 – 2023)
Stetson University College of Law (2016 – 2022)
The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS: 2013 – 2018)
The Nature Conservancy (TNC: since 2012)
Université Senghor (in French, since 2013)
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA: since 2009)