The Ramsar Sites Information Service

The Ramsar Sites Information Service (RSIS) provides access to information on wetlands designated as internationally important under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971). These wetlands are commonly known as Ramsar Sites.

The RSIS includes the searchable Ramsar Sites Database, and a number of other utilities, including a WebGIS displaying spatial information on Ramsar Sites, downloadable GIS data of the Ramsar Sites (spatial boundary and/or location). The RSIS provides on-line access to all official Information Sheets on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS).

In the Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance and numerous Conference of Parties decisions, Parties have committed themselves to developing a strategic approach to designating a coherent and comprehensive national and international network of Ramsar Sites. The latest version of the Strategic Framework, which guides identification and designation of Ramsar Sites, is available as the Ramsar Convention's Wise Use Handbook 14, 3rd edition 2007. 

The Ramsar Sites Information Service (RSIS)

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Number of » Contracting Parties: 168 Sites designated for the
» List of Wetlands of
International Importance
2,186 Total surface area of designated sites (hectares): 208,674,247

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