New Wetlands of International Importance with coral reefs have been designated in the Dominican Republic and India.
Among the new additions, the Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve in India is a biodiversity haven, particularly notable for its 117 coral species.
In the Dominican Republic, the Humedales de Montecristi y la Línea Noroeste Site hosts a large proportion of the most representative coral reefs in the Dominican Republic, providing a home to a wide range of species and biodiversity.
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, or Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971, that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Contracting parties commit to identify and place suitable wetlands onto the List of Wetlands of International Importance.