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Ramsar Convention


The Convention on Wetlands, adopted in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971 and since known as the Ramsar Convention, came into force in 1975. It was the first of the modern global intergovernmental treaties designed to protect the environment and preserve natural resources. The Convention’s mission, which was re-stated in 1996, is the conservation and the wise use of wetlands by national and international co-operation as a means of achieving sustainable development throughout the world. As of January 1998, 106 states had become Contracting Parties. Membership in the Ramsar Convention entails an endorsement of the principles that the Convention represents, facilitating the development of national policies and actions, including legislation, to make best possible use of their wetland resources. Contracting Parties are committed to designating at least one site meeting Ramsar criteria for inclusion on the list of wetlands of international importance; including wetland conservation within national land-use planning; establishing nature reserves; and consulting with other parties about the implementation of the Convention, especially with regard to transboundary wetlands. The administration of the Convention is entrusted to a secretariat at the IUCN – the World Conservation Union in Switzerland.

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