Photo: Hannu Vallas. Oulanka, Finland.

Photo: Hannu Vallas. Oulanka, Finland.

Transboundary Ramsar Sites

Transboundary Ramsar Sites are ecologically coherent wetland systems that extend across national borders. The Ramsar site authorities on both or all sides of the border have formally agreed to collaborate in its management and have notified the Secretariat in this intent. Transboundary sites are a cooperative management arrangement and not a distinct legal status for the Ramsar Sites involved. The participants have agreed to strengthen collaboration in joint management of transboundary Ramsar sites, as well as in management of other Ramsar sites that have common characters (wetland types, common species, etc.).

Transboundary Ramsar sites in NorBalWet region

Formally designated Transboundary Ramsar Site

  • Nigula Nature Reserve, Sookuninga Nature Reserve, Northern Bogs (Estonia, Latvia)

Existing Transboundary Ramsar Sites without a formal joint designation

  • Emajõe Suursoo Mire and Piirissaar Island, Pskovsko-Chudskaya Lowland (Estonia, Russia)
  • Kvisleflået, Storkölen (Norway, Sweden)
  • Kotra, Cepkeliai (Belarus, Lithuania)
  • Wadden Sea: 9 Ramsar Sites (Denmark, Germany and Netherlands)

Only unilaterally designated but potentially transboundary Ramsar Sites

  • Lätäseno-Hietajoki mires (Finland, Norway, Sweden)
  • Lemmenjoki National Park (Finland, Norway)
  • Nemunas Delta (Lithuania, Russia)
  • Viešvilé (Lithuania, Russia)
  • Pasvik Nature Reserve (Norway, Finland, Russia)
  • Oulanka National Park (Finland, Russia)
  • Osveiski (Belarus, Latvia, Russia)


Further Information about the Transboundary Ramsar Sites: Ramsar Sites Information Service