On February 10, 2016 the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, under the direction of the Minister, Dr. Hon. Dennis Lowe coordinate a tour of ecosystems which were especially classified as sites of special interest or of particular important for the purpose of conservation and management. These tours were conducted as part of efforts to fully assess the condition of these ecosystems in light of historical and recent anthropogenric activities, with the purpose of document the challenges faced by agencies in charge of their conservation and restoration and to detail plans going forward for their continued conservation, management and special circumstances, restoration.
On February 8, 2016 the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, under the direction of the Minister, Dr. Hon. Dennis Lowe coordinate a tour of coastal sites which were especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The tours were conducted as part of efforts to fully assess the condition of these coastal sites, document the challenges faced by agencies in charge of their conservation and restoration and to detail plans going forward for their continued conservation, management and restoration.
The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty adopted on February 2, 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar, the Convention entered into force in 1975 and covers all aspects of wetland conservation and wise use recognising wetlands as ecosystems that are extremely important for biodiversity conservation in general and for the well-being of human communities.
Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the associated plant and animal life. They occur where the water table is at or near the surface of the land, or where the land is covered by shallow water. The Ramsar Convention takes a broad approach in determining the wetlands which come under its aegis. Under the text of the Convention (Article 1.1), wetlands are defined as: “areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres”. In addition, the Convention (Article 2.1) provides that wetlands: may incorporate riparian and coastal zones adjacent to the wetlands, and islands or bodies of marine water deeper than six metres at low tide lying within the wetlands”. (more…)