Information of Interest

Dates, venue, theme, eligibility to participate

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP12) will be held in Punta del Este at the Conrad Resort, Uruguay, from 1 – 9 June 2015 with the 49th meeting of the Standing Committee planned for the 1 June 2015, and an additional day of regional meetings on 2 June 2015.

Ramsar Contracting Parties, or member states, will gather to assess the progress of the Convention and the sustainable use of wetlands to date, share knowledge and experience on technical issues, and plan their own and the Secretariat’s work for the next triennium.

The slogan for the conference is “Wetlands for our future”.

Eligibility to participate

In addition to official delegations from the Contracting Parties, eligibility to participate in the COP as observers is extended to delegations from the governments of non-Party states and to representatives of intergovernmental organizations, of recognized non-governmental organizations that are working in the field of wetland conservation and sustainable use, and of government agencies that are not part of their country’s official delegation.


All participants  wanting to attend the COP12 in Uruguay, from the 1 to the 9 of June 2015, must preregister through the online process managed by the Ramsar Secretariat.

The preregistration process will be open on the 23 of February 2015.

More information will be available in January.

Side events and exhibitions

Ramsar COP12 will provide the opportunity for participants to hold a number of side events on global and regional themes relevant to the Convention and the COP issues. At the end of January 2015 the Ramsar Secretariat will make through the web site and forum the call for side events proposals and request for exhibitions.


Jetmar is the official travel agency of Ramsar COP12 and offers different options of accommodation including Conrad Hotel venue of the COP as well as five, four, three and two-star hotels, within a reasonable distance of the conference centre.

All reservations have to be made by email to . The information of each hotel will be published early in January 2015 in Ramsar web site and in the host country web site.


Uruguay will provide a reception service from Montevideo and Punta del Este to the officials COP12 hotels and shall facilitate the transfer of Participants to and from their hotels, charged at cost. Click here for more information.

During COP12 Uruguay will provide a transport service between the main hotels and the conference centre in the morning and evenings and free of charge. The schedule of such a service will be published online by Pre-COP Day 3, and displayed in the foyers of the conference centre and the main hotels.