The Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) -- called the "Ramsar Convention" -- is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.
People are at the heart of wetland conservation. For this reason, the Ramsar Convention supports governments to value the cultural heritage of wetlands, the livelihoods they provide, and the rights of communities to participate in their management.
The city’s famed subterranean River National Park was installed Tuesday as one of the world’s protected areas of biodiversity under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty aimed at conserving wetlands.
The Refuge is recognized as an important wetland in the international RAMSAR convention.