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  • Establishment of the largest Transboundary Ramsar Site - Wadden Sea

    17 December 2015

    We are pleased to announce that the Governments of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have formally requested the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention, through a joint letter dated 1 December 2015, to list the Wadden Sea as a Transboundary Ramsar Site.

  • Testimony of the winner of the WWD Youth Photo Contest who visited Ras Al Khor Wild Life Sanctuary in Dubai

    15 December 2015

    "I chose Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary because I was fascinated by the idea of ​​seeing a Ramsar site located between the skyscrapers of Dubai and the desert; I did not think there could be such a place."

  • An abundance of Andorran wetlands revealed in a short film

    11 December 2015

    The Government of Andorra has recently released a new short film showcasing all three Andorran Wetlands of International Importance: Parque Natural Comunal de los Valles del Comapedrosa, Parc naturel de la vallée de Sorteny and Madriu-Perafita-Claror valley.

  • Twenty second Ramsar Site for South Africa

    9 December 2015

    South Africa’s False Bay Nature Reserve has been designated as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site no. 2219). About 256 species of indigenous plants grow on the Site including two endemic plant species.

  • Peatlands – climate regulation and biodiversity

    4 December 2015

    A new video about peatlands’ role in global climate regulations was launched at COP21.

    The video was funded by The Council of Nordic Ministers. 

About Ramsar

The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Number of Contracting Parties: 169

Number of Ramsar Sites: 2,221

Total surface of designated sites: 21,421,696,6.2 ha

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