What is ‘Ramsar Convention’?

“The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, i.e., to stem the progressive encroachment on and loss of wetlands now and in the future, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational values. It is named after the town of Ramsar in Iran [in February 1971].”

(Source: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsar_Convention>, retrieved on 7th April, 2009.)

Mission statement of Ramsar Convention: “The Convention’s mission is the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world (Ramsar COP8, 2002).”

(Source: <http://www.ramsar.org/>, retrieved on 6th April, 2009.)