The Ramsar Convention is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. This November, governments will convene for the14th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP14).
Governments have an opportunity to focus on solutions that will safeguard and sustain wetlands for people and nature. COP14 provides avenues for stakeholder dialogue to mobilize investments. Critically, it is also taking place right before Climate COP27 and Biodiversity COP15, spotlighting the importance of wetlands in tackling both the climate and nature crises.
Why does COP14 matter?
- COP14 is a unique forum to address global wetland decline
- It is a milestone to scale up actions for wetlands ahead of Climate COP27 and Biodiversity COP15
- It provides avenues for stakeholder dialogues to mobilize investments
- It will highlight the importance of urban wetlands in city planning
- Governments have the opportunity to input critical suggestions for achieving the Paris Agreement, Global Biodiversity Framework and the SDGs.
It is increasingly evident that countries will be unable to meet their climate and biodiversity targets without immediate action to restore and conserve their degraded wetlands. It is critical, therefore, that governments raise ambition and scale up the conservation of wetlands.
Supporting the implementation of the Ramsar convention through the Global Mangrove Watchdownload
We need wetlands: The urgent case for global wetland targetsdownload
The State of the Worlds Mangroves Report download
The State of Mangroves in the Western Indian Oceandownload
CBD Framework proposal on Target 2 Ecosystem Restoration for Riversdownload
Options for strengthening action on the ocean and coasts under the UNFCCCdownload
EAAF CSR1 Summary Report [PDF]download