What is Ramsar?

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On the 3rd of February 1971 18 countries met in the Iranian city of Ramsar to sign The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. This became known as the Ramsar Convention, and is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and their resources.

As of 2017 there are 169 countries signed up to the convention and a total of 2,260 Ramsar sites have been designated (covering 215,276,293ha). The Alderney Ramsar site comprises the western region of Alderney and out to the islet of Burhou.

For more information on the history and regulations of the Ramsar Convention go to www.ramsar.org