The Ramsar convention covers all aspects of wetland conservation and wise use, recognising wetlands as ecosystems that are extremely important for biodiversity conservation in general and for the well-being of human communities.

What are Ramsar sites?

Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance designated under the Ramsar Convention. Many of these are also classified as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

For further information see the Ramsar sites article page:

List of marine Ramsar sites

There are currently 7 Ramsar sites that contribute to the Northern Ireland MPA network:

Useful links

Further information

For further information on Northern Ireland marine Ramsar sites, contact:


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