Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Grants for conservation, management, and capacity building in support of wetlands protection in developing countries
Principal Office: International
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is an inter-governmental treaty that promotes national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance includes over 2,000 sites, covering all regions of the planet.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 – Ramsar Grants Programs. Ramsar makes grants in support of the conservation and wise use of wetlands; emergency conservation assistance at Ramsar sites; and education and training in wetlands management.
- Small Grants Fund for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use — The Small Grants Fund assists developing countries and economies in transition to implement wetlands projects in accord with the Convention’s Strategic Plan. Eligibility extends to government agencies, NGOs, and individuals in developing and emerging countries. The Small Grants Fund relies entirely upon voluntary contributions from governments and individuals. Support for projects is accepted year-round.
- Wetlands for the Future — This program, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and administered by Ramsar, offers grants in wetlands education and training in Latin America and the Caribbean. Grants are for teaching, training, university research, and pilot field projects. Eligibility for grants extends to government agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs in Mexico and the Neotropics Region of the Ramsar Convention.
- Swiss Grant Fund for Africa — The Swiss Grant Fund for Africa is funded by the Federal Government of Switzerland in addition to the annual dues that Switzerland provides to the Convention’s core budget. The Swiss Grant Fund for Africa is administered by the Ramsar Secretariat for specific activities related to wetlands in Africa. The Fund is not open to applications.
- Nagao Wetland Fund — The Nagao Wetland Fund is funded by the Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) in Japan and administered by the Ramsar Secretariat. Grants are intended to help local governments, researchers, non-governmental organizations and local communities from Asia and Oceania to implement the goals and targets of the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2016-2024. Four small-scale projects worth up to US$18 thousand each are supported each year.
Note: The secretariat is currently reviewing its approach for funding assistance and will present recommendations to the next Conference of Parties.
2 — Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards. The Ramsar Awards are to individuals and institutions of any country for achievements in promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
Ramsar makes awards of US$10 thousand in each of different categories. The Conservation Awards are announced at each Conference of the Contracting Parties.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Ramsar’s website is available in English, French, and Spanish.
Ramsar is not affiliated with the United Nations system of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, but it works closely with them. Ramsar defines itself as a full partner among the cluster of treaties and agreements related to biodiversity.
Ramsar’s Secretariat shares offices with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Gland, Switzerland.
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