The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Ramsar, Iran, 1991

Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories. Unlike the other global environmental conventions, Ramsar is not affiliated with the United Nations system of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), but it works very closely with the other MEAs and is a full partner among the "biodiversity-related cluster" of treaties and agreements.

The Czech Republic has succeeded to the committments of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, which has ratified the Ramsar Convention on 2 February 1990. On the territory of the Czech Republic 12 significant wetlands have been established.

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