There are currently over 2,400 Ramsar Sites around the world. They cover over 2.5 million square kilometers, an area larger than Mexico. The network of Ramsar Sites includes coastal and inland wetlands of all types. The Convention on Wetlands works to reverse wetland loss and degradation worldwide. Discover more about these fascinating places and how we can take action to protect our wetlands.
Targeted trainings are turning youth into powerful ambassadors for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, spurring action to protect the unique Guatemalan wetlands. Located in the Escuintla district on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast, the wetlands around Sipacate-Naranjo are treasured conservation areas. They have a variety of ecosystems including mangroves, which are key nurseries for aquatic species and fundamental to the local economy. Take a look at how UNDP Guatemala is involving youth to #ActForWetlands.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.