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Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Secretariat



Maria Rivera
Senior Advisor Americas
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The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. There are presently 171 Contracting Parties to the Convention, with 2,392 wetland sites, totaling 253 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.  Up to 2020, 973 marine and coastal wetlands Ramsar Sites covering 72,790,070 ha have been designated under the Convention.

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Last Updated: 2 February 2022