25 January 2013

Tunisia: New Site On Ramsar List

Tunis — The Complexe Lac de Tunis, a site covering 2,243 hectares including the Northern and Southern Lakes of the Tunis city, has been put on the Ramsar list as an important new Wetland of International Importance.

This was announced by Tunisia's General Forests Department and World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Tunisia as part of the project "Wetlands: A Habitat for Men and Nature."

According to WWF, this site constitutes an ideal nesting ground for several waterbirds and wintering ground for migrating species, such as the Greater Flamingo, and offers a rich flora for several fish species.

Tunisia has 38 Ramsar sites covering 828,285 hectares, and two more sites are waiting to be added to the list in the coming days, according to information posted on "TunWet" website (a network of Tunisian environmental associations endeavouring for the protection of wetlands).

WWF Tunisia and the General Forests Department dedicated this designation to Dr. Luc Hoffmann, WWF co-founder and one of the "Founding Fathers" of the Ramsar Convention, on his 90th birthday (January 23).

Adopted in 1971 in Iran, the Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use," of sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.

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