Saturday,March 23, 2019


  • Tubbataha Reefs, Bird Islet and South Atoll, Light house.

RAMSAR Sites in the Philippines

Ramsar site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. These are sites containing representative, rare or unique wetlands, or wetlands that are important for conserving biological diversity. There are currently over 2,300 Ramsar Sites around the world covering over 2.1 million square kilometres.

The Convention on Wetlands, known as the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental environmental treaty established in 1971 by UNESCO, which came into force in 1975. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed.

The Philippines now have 8 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites) with the inauguration of the Sasmuan Pampanga Coastal Wetland (SCPW) this February 2,2021 coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the RAMSAR convention.

Wetland Type
Designation Date
Area (has)
1009Agusan Marsh Wildlife SanctuaryMarshAgusan del SurNovember 12,199914,836
2124Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area(LPPCHEA)Coastal WetlandManila Bay Area (Metro Manila)March 15, 2013175
1008Naujan Lake National ParkLakeNaujan, Oriental MindoroNovember 12, 199914,568
2271Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation AreasCoastal WetlandsNegros OccidentalOctober 20, 201689,608
656Olango Island Wildlife SactuaryIntertidal sandflats, mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs and islets.Lapu-Lapu City CebuJuly 1, 19945,800
2084Puerto Princesa Subteranean River National ParkRiverPuerto Princesa, PalawanJune 30, 201222,202
1010Tubbataha Reefs Natural Parkmarine park with pristine coral reefsCagayancillo, PalawanNovember 12, 199996,828

Map of the RAMSAR Sites in the Philippines

***** Sources / Further Reading*****

Link to Philippine RAMSAR Sites

Annotated List of Wetlands of International Importance