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Addressing environmental issues that have global implications requires coordinated international efforts. Did you know the first modern environmental treaty between nations focused specifically on wetlands? The Ramsar Convention was established in 1971 to recognize and conserve wetlands of international importance, especially those providing important waterfowl habitat. Ramsar’s ongoing work continues to be a positive example of international cooperation and action.  

Today, there are numerous international environmental agreements, including treaties, addressing broad environmental issues including two urgent global crises: biodiversity loss and climate change. Countries that show their commitment to addressing these issues sign on to these treaties and become “contracting parties.”  

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