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Photos: Ajigol Wetland in Northern Iran

Photo by Aboutaleb Nadri, Mehr News Agency, Gorgan, Iran

February 2 is World Wetlands Day: There are people all over the world working for wetlands. On World Wetlands Day, celebrated on February 2 each year, these people collectively stand up and proclaim the benefits of wetlands.

The internationally-protected Ajigol Lagoon in Golestan province in northern Iran is home to migratory birds. The Ajigol Lagoon and the nearby Almagol and Alagol lagoons were designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1975.

Source: Report on Ramsar Advisory Mission No. 60
Alagol, Ulmagol, Ajigol, Ramsar site 49
Islamic Republic of Iran, 14-16 May 2009




The Ramsar Convention

The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
Negotiated through the 1960s by countries and non-governmental organizations that were concerned at the increasing loss and degradation of wetland habitat for migratory waterbirds, the treaty was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975. It is the only global environmental treaty that deals with a particular ecosystem, and the Convention's member countries cover all geographic regions of the planet.

The Ramsar Mission

The Convention's mission is "the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world".

The Convention uses a broad definition of the types of wetlands covered in its mission, including lakes and rivers, swamps and marshes, wet grasslands and peatlands, oases, estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, near-shore marine areas, mangroves and coral reefs, and human-made sites such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoirs, and salt pans.

About the Ramsar Convention

The Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) -- called 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", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories. Unlike the other global environmental conventions, Ramsar is not affiliated with the United Nations system of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, but it works very closely with the other MEAs and is a full partner among the "biodiversity-related cluster" of treaties and agreements.

Learn more about the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands - what it is now; where it came from, and why; how it works; what countries are members, and why they joined:

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