The Ramsar Convention, or Convention on wetlands, which is of international importance, in particular as habitats for water and wading birds, covers three fields of activity:
- the identification of Ramsar sites;
- wise use – sustainable utilisation;
- international cooperation.
As many as approx.160 states have already signed the Ramsar Convention.
World-wide there are about 1,930 Ramsar sites with a total area of approximately 188 million hectares.
Austria has been a Member State to the Ramsar Convention since 1983.