France: Conserving Eurasian Spoonbills in Camargue wetlands

In 1961, NGOs and wetland specialists gathered at one of France’s largest wetlands, the Camargues region to call for an international agreement to protect wetlands: setting the scene for the Ramsar Convention. 60 years later, environmental researcher Hugo Ferreira studies Eurasian Spoonbill birds of Camargue across its 150,000 hectares of wetlands. A PhD student at … Continued

Sudan: Monitoring biodiversity in Dinder Biosphere Reserve

My name is Badreldin Adam Ahmed. I am a 31 year old wildlife researcher to conserve Sudan’s Dinder Biosphere Reserve. I grew up in the western part of Sudan in the state of South Darfur, where local wetlands encompass seasonal valleys, ponds, wells, lakes and pits. These wetlands are very valuable: as among the few … Continued

Colombia: Youth mobilizing community action for a local wetland

Xiomara Acevedo is a young Colombian, founder of Barranquilla+20 created 9 years ago. The coastal city of Barranquilla in Colombia is the place where the waters of the Magdalena river, the largest watershed in Colombia, meet the Caribbean sea and form a ciénaga or a swamp. This rich estuary is the home of mangroves, migratory … Continued

Wetlands by Melvin Flores

My name is Melvin Flores. I am a biologist from Guatemala, a youth ambassador for WWF Mesoamerica and a member of the Global Youth Action Team (GYAT). Ever since I can remember I have always been interested in looking after the environment. In fact, one of the activities in which I became involved to promote … Continued

India: My wetlands career journey

My wetlands career journey began in 2014 when I first landed a job at Wetlands International South Asia. With a great passion for waterbirds, I started coordinating the Asian Waterbird Census working in close collaboration with volunteers and organizations across India. Visiting wetlands, conducting surveys and engaging with communities offered a great hands-on learning experience. … Continued

Luxembourg: Bird ringing and conservation in Schlammwiss

Many of the climate and loss of biodiversity impacts experienced in Luxembourg, such as flooding and extinction of local species, can be attributed to massive loss and absence of wetlands. One of the country’s largest wetlands, the nature reserve “Schlammwiss-Brill” established by the conservation foundation “Hëllef fir d’Natur” working with volunteers, marks a great conservation … Continued

India: Monitoring and conserving Sambhar Lake, Rajasthan, India

Rajashree Naik is a third year PhD scholar in the Department of Environmental Science, School of Earth Sciences, Central University of Rajasthan, India. She decided to work in wetlands conservation after visiting Sambhar Lake and witnessing the alarming conditions of degradation and encroachment there. Sambhar lake is the largest inland saline lake and gateway to … Continued

Uganda: Youth-led action to conserve wetlands for people and nature

30 year old Edwin Mumbere grew up near Lake Edward in Uganda. From a family of fishermen, he has long appreciated the lake and surrounding wetlands. Due to a combination of climate change and wetland loss, areas surrounding the lake have experienced severe flooding in recent years. Edwin Mumbere lost his own home to flooding. … Continued

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