About Us

A warm welcome to the official website of the Ramsar Centre for Eastern Africa commonly called RAMCEA. The idea to establish a regional centre was first conceived in 2005 as a legacy for Uganda’s hosting of the 9th Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar COP9).RAMCEA is a regional initiative established under Article 5 of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and endorsed at the 10thConference of the Contracting Parties held in Changwon Republic of Korea in 2008. The Centre started its operations in 2009 and is hosted by the Wetlands Management Department in the Ministry of Water and Environment of the Republic of Uganda.

The goal of RAMCEA is to “support the East African Contracting Parties, Non-Contracting Parties and other stakeholders to improve their capacity to implement the Ramsar Convention in the respective countries and institutions”. This includes among others, sharing regionally the policies, legislation, procedures, systems, tools, techniques, Best Practices, lessons learnt and experiences in wetland management.
The Vision of the RAMCEA Strategic Framework is “Eastern Africa wetlands understood, valued and sustainably managed”. This is inspired by the mission of RAMCEA which is to “Strengthen wetland management through institutional coordination, capacity building and experience sharing”.
The overall goal of RAMCEA is to havea “well coordinated, strengthened and networked institutions for wise use and conservation of wetlands in the region”.

The overall goal of RAMCEA is to havea “well coordinated, strengthened and networked institutions for wise use and conservation of wetlands in the region”.
The Centre initially covers the five countries of the East African Community namely:Republic of Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Burundi, and Republic of Uganda, but will seek to establish links with other interested relevant Contracting Parties and non-Contracting Parties  in the region such as Djibouti, South Sudan and Ethiopia.
RAMCEA will also have links to other African regional and sub-regional wetland initiatives such as the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, Nile Basin Initiative, the Centre for African Wetlands of Accra Ghana, Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute Naivasha and the network for wetland professionals based in UNESCO-IHE (Delft).