Ramsar Convention

The objective of the Ramsar Convention is the protection and sustainable use of wetlands.

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The Ramsar Convention, or Convention on wetlands, which is of international importance, in particular as habitats for water and wading birds, covers three fields of activity:

  • the identification of Ramsar sites;
  • wise use – sustainable utilisation;
  • international cooperation.

As many as approx.160 states have already signed the Ramsar Convention.

World-wide there are about 1,930 Ramsar sites with a total area of approximately 188 million hectares.

Austria has been a Member State to the Ramsar Convention since 1983.