The network of Ramsar Sites is truly global, and includes coastal and inland wetlands of all types in all six Convention on Wetlands regions.
The world’s first Site was the Cobourg Peninsula in Australia, designated in 1974. The largest Sites are Rio Negro in Brazil (120,000 square kilometres), and Ngiri-Tumba-Maindombe in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Queen Maud Gulf in Canada; these Sites each cover over 60,000 square km. Others are as small as one hectare.
The countries with the most Sites are the United Kingdom with 175 and Mexico with 142. Bolivia has the largest area with 148,000 square km under the Convention protection; Canada, Chad, Congo and the Russian Federation have also each designated over 100,000 square km.
In 2015 the Ramsar Sites Information Service moved to a new system hosted by the Secretariat. The new RSIS enables Contracting Parties to complete online Ramsar Information Sheets (RIS) for newly designated Sites and Site updates.
You can access Site summaries by country in the country profiles on this website; or search for Sites by country, wetland type and other criteria in the Ramsar Sites Information Service database.
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