The Future of Wetlands, the Future of Waterbirds – an Intercontinental Connection

Camargue’s wetlands and flamingos, France. Photo source: ©© René Vanhaeften


To mark the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention – an intergovernmental agreement seeking to protect wetlands of international importance – the 2nd of February each year is celebrated as “World Wetlands Day” which is a significant event in the calendar of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) too.

The first global treaty dealing with biodiversity was the Ramsar Convention – predating the Rio processes by 20 years.

Ramsar aims to conserve wetlands, the usefulness of which has been undervalued and which have suffered large losses in recent decades…

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