The Global Wetland Outlook: Special Edition 2021

In 2018, the Convention on Wetlands published the first ever Global Wetland Outlook – a unique report promoting increased understanding of the status and value of wetlands, and providing recommendations towards ensuring that wetlands are conserved, wisely used and their benefits recognized and valued by all. Its findings on widespread degradation and loss of wetlands globally, and the implications of this, constituted a wake-up call and was instrumental in raising […]

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Wetlands of International Importance for the protection of marine turtles: expert report

France has published an expert report on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites) and the preservation of marine turtles in support of the implementation of Resolution XIII.24. The 13th Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention, held in Dubai in October 2018, adopted Resolution XIII.24 on The enhanced conservation of coastal marine turtle habitats and the designation of key areas as Ramsar Sites. The Resolution aims to draw the attention of […]

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Technical reports of the Mediterranean Waterbird Network (MWN)

Since 2017, the Mediterranean Waterbird Network (MWN) has been exchanging with other Mediterranean countries, in addition to the five historical North African partners.   Discussions with these new countries (France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, but also Portugal, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia) have led to the development of a scientific poster to be presented at an international conference (EBBC, 2019), a scientific paper to be reviewed in a scientific journal […]

Wetlands restoration: unlocking the untapped potential of the Earth’s most valuable ecosystem

Inextricably linked to the ecological health of our planet and to the socio-economic well-being of all peoples across the globe, wetlands serve and sustain us in immeasurable ways. In fact, they are vital for our survival. Yet, the world has lost 87% of its wetlands since 1700 — and they continue to disappear at an alarming rate, even today. The Convention on Wetlands recognizes that the restoration of the Earth’s […]

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Living Mediterranean Report, an unequivocal assessment of Mediterranean biodiversity

We are living in exciting, if somewhat discouraging, times for our planet. We face unprecedented global challenges that are a clear consequence of our actions, with temperatures rising and biodiversity collapsing. The Mediterranean basin, a region of the world where natural resources have ensured the prosperity of human societies for millennia, must also face these new challenges.   The Living Mediterranean Report sheds light on the fate of one of […]

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A new toolkit for National Wetlands Inventories

Monitoring the extent and health of wetlands and their status overtime is critical to inform the needed actions by governments and other actors at all levels. The Convention on Wetlands has always recognized the importance of the national wetland inventories (NWI) as a key tool for informing national policies and other measures to achieve the conservation and wise use of wetlands. It is thus a priority in the Convention’s Strategic […]

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