- Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites)
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Ramsar Sites are wetlands considered to be of international importance. The international convention which forms the basis for their identification is commonly referred to as the "Ramsar Convention" after the city in Iran where the convention was signed in 1971. The Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
There are currently over 2,200 Ramsar Sites around the world. They cover over 2.1 million square kilometres, an area larger than Mexico.
For more information, visit: www.ramsar.org
- Publication Date
- Jan. 7, 2017, midnight
- Vector Data
- Biodiversity , Surface water
- Ecohydrology studies the interactions between water and ecosystems. These interactions may take place within water bodies or on land.
- Theme 2: Groundwater
- Maintenance Frequency
- The List of Wetlands of International Importance (2016). Retrieved from https://www.ramsar.org/sites/default/files/documents/library/sitelist.pdf
- Data Quality
- Supplemental Information
The Convention’s mission is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world”.
Wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems. They provide essential services and supply all our fresh water. However they continue to be degraded and converted to other uses.