Wetlands of International Importance

Every contracting party to the Ramsar Convention is obliged to designate, at least, one site that meets the Ramsar criteria for inclusion in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar List). By signing the Convention, the Contracting Party also undertakes the obligation to ensure the maintenance of the ecological character of each Ramsar site and to promote the wise use of all wetlands within its territory. The List of Ramsar sites includes 2 225 sites in 169 Contracting Parties, with a total area of over 214  290 985 ha, as of the 1st January, 2016.

The Czech Republic has designated, up until now, 14 Ramsar sites with a total area of 60 207 ha. The national protection status of these sites are: national parks (RS1 and RS7), protected landscape areas (RS2, RS5, RS6, RS8, RS10, R11, RS13, RS14 ), and national nature reserves (RS3, RS4, and partly also RS9, R12 ). Most of the wetland biotopes inside the protected landscape areas are further protected as nature reserves.