RAMCEA> Ramsar Center for Eastern Africa



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).



The core values on which the  operations of RAMCEA are hinged include:

Transparency and Accountability


Since its establishment on 2009, considerable progress has been made towards establishing the Ramsar Centre for Eastern Africa (RAMCEA) as a viable regional institution. This includes, but not limited to the following: • Development of a ten-year strategy Strategic Framework for the Eastern Africa Region, running from 2011 – 2020. Development of the strategy involved relevant stakeholders through a participatory process, including workshops, regional planning meetings and consultations at various levels. This strategic framework is intended to guide operations of RAMCEA in the Eastern Africa region, and stipulates the vision, mission, core values, overall goal, strategic objectives, actions, milestones, assumptions and risks. • Launching of the RAMCEA website; • Training of Ramsar Site Managers from Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda • Establishment of the Secretariat • Cross dialogue with other initiatives at internationa llevel, E.g A side event co-organised with Niger Wet at the 11th meetings of the Conference of Parties to the Ramsar Convention

Launching our website...

This website will provide an opportunity to share information and experiences in wetland management in the region and beyond. It also provides up to date knowledge and skills needed in wetland management. In this regard a dedicated discussion platform has been established which will be accessed by registered users. Details will be provided through the Ramsar Administrative Authorities and designated national focal points. I encourage you to regularly visit the website and also provide information to enrich the website. We welcome feedback and advice to enable us improve the website and wetland management in the region. We are grateful to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat for the technical guidance and financial support which has enabled the establishment of RAMCEA. We are also indebted to the Government of Uganda in general and the Ministry of Water and Environment in particular for the excellent hosting arrangements afforded to RAMCEA. We wish you enjoyable reading as we launch and prepare to upload an improved version of our website- RAMCEA SECRETARIAT .

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Fish from a wetland

Ramsar Site Managers Training

World wetlands Day 2015

Elephants cross a wetland in Kenya

Bird watching at Lutembe Site

Training in Masaka- Uganda

A Wetland Bird

Tracking prgress of wetland conservation


The centre  is hosted  in Uganda and  will start as a virtual centre within the Wetlands Management Department (WMD) offices in the Ministry of Water and Environment.

  • Phone:+256 414 254706
  • Post: P.O Box 9629 Kampala
  • E-mail: info@ramcea.org
  • Office: Kampala, Uganda
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