Spains names 14 new Ramsar sites


The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Government of Spain has designated 14 new Wetlands of International Importance covering a total area of 47,946 hectares, of which o­ne mountain site of 39,979 hectares is in Cataluna, another site of 487 ha is in the Madrid region, another of 86 ha is in La Rioja, and the remaining11 sites, mostly complexes of small ponds covering 7,394 ha in total, are in Andalucia. These new additions (officially designated o­n 27/01/2006) add to the previous 49 existing Ramsar sites in the country, and significantly enhance the network of critical wetlands that support migratory avian species, endangered species and important habitat types in the country.

Spain now has 63 Ramsar sites, more than any other Party except the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Australia. Ramsar’s former European Assistant Advisor, Dorothea August, assisted by Adrian Ruiz Carvajal, has prepared brief summaries of the new sites, and some excellent photos have been supplied by the Spanish authorities.

Source: website or the Ramsar Convention

Updated on 4/25/2007 5:40:00 PM.