Altogether, as many as 172 states have signed the Ramsar Convention. World-wide there are 2,471 Ramsar sites with a total area of approximately 256 million hectares.
In 1983 the Austrian National Assembly adopted the first Austrian Federal Law on the “Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat”.
Wetlands are located in the area between permanently wet and permanently dry habitats.
Wetlands International, WWF, IUCN, and BirdLife are important partners of the Ramsar Convention
Information on the Ramsar Secretariat, the Standing Committee and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel.
The experts in the nature conservation departments of the offices of the provincial governments are important contact persons for questions concerning the implementation of the Ramsar Convention.
All Ramsar Contracting Parties are obliged to cooperate with other countries in the field of wetland conservation.
On the part of the European Union, several financing instruments are available for selection for the preservation of wetlands.
Rivers and brooks, bogs, lakes and marshes (wet meadows). The diversity of wetland habitats is part of the Austrian identity and uniqueness. 24 Austrian areas have been designated as Ramsar sites.