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Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Secretariat



Jerker Tamelander
Director, Science and Policy

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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 172 Contracting Parties to the Convention, with 2,455 wetland sites, totalling 255,897,678 ha, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.  As of 2022, 1,004 marine and coastal wetlands Ramsar Sites covering 75,372,458 ha have been designated under the Convention.

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Last Updated: 20 June 2024