The story of the origins of the Convention

The BBC World Service Witness History broadcasts the story of the origins of the Convention on Wetlands, by the wonderful Eckhart Kuijken, participant in the original signing ceremony, held 50 years ago in Iran. Iran hosted a meeting to save the world’s wetlands in 1971. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands – named after the village … Continued

International Biodiversity Day

Life thrives in wetlands. Wetlands are rich reservoirs of biodiversity that are vital for humanity and nature to thrive with 40% of the world’s plant and animal species depending on wetlands. In recognition of International Biodiversity Day on 22 May, the Convention on Wetlands calls for actions to reverse the loss of nature to be … Continued

Why the Convention on Wetlands matters more than ever

The world’s wetlands store more than twice as much carbon dioxide as forests. But their conservation is largely absent from the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) proposed by countries to meet the targets set out in the Paris Agreement. So why, asks Convention on Wetlands Secretary General Martha Rojas Urrego, don’t wetlands get more protection? In … Continued

Launching a Blue Recovery

Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary-General of the Convention on Wetlands, joined a British event promoting the creation of wetlands in response to the ongoing emergencies facing the country and others. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), which is one of the International Organization Partners of the Convention, launched its Blue Recovery plan to at an online event … Continued

Celebrating 50 years with the Anniversary logo

This year, The Convention on Wetlands is celebrating its 50th Anniversary since the Convention was signed by the delegates of 18 nations on 2 February 1971. The Secretariat is sharing a range of resources to highlight and celebrate this milestone, including a 50th Anniversary logo. The anniversary logo builds on the existing Convention logo, and … Continued