Wetlands are among the most complex and productive ecosystems in the world, comparable to rainforests and coral reefs. They can host an immense variety of species of microbes, plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish and mammals. All these species are closely linked to wetlands and to each other, forming a life cycle and a complex set of interactions. For this reason, protectign wetland habitats is essential for maintaining global and national biodiversity. This course introduces you to the Ramsar Convention, which was the first treaty to recognize that wetlands are among the most productive sources of ecological support on Earth. It will take you 1 hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials.
Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed with the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention).