The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. The name of the convention is derived from the city of Ramsar in Iran where the treaty was signed.
The Ramsar Convention is important as it aims to halt the worldwide loss of wetlands and to conserve, through wise use and management, those that remain. Wetlands are important ecological zones whose functioning is important to maintain the biodiversity of the earth itself.
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