New release of Ramsar Sites of the World

New release of Ramsar Sites of the World – Exemplary sites demonstrating delivery of the Ramsar goals across the World
The Ministry of Environment Korea, WWT, and UNDP/GEF Korea Wetland Project announced the publication of Ramsar Sites of the World book in support of the goals of the Ramsar Convention o­n wetlands. This new publication shows exemplary conservation practices of 17 Ramsar sites around the world: South Korea, Mali, China, India, Iran, Japan, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, Brazil, Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
In this release the Mediterranean region is represented by Marano Ramsar site, which covers a wide lagoon area (1400 ha ) and includes the brackish mouths of two spring rivers: Stella and Cormor. In the most interior area, where the effect of fresh water flowing from the rivers is stronger, a vast reedbed covers almost 300 ha. Since ancient times the people from Marano used to build (and re-build) a small number of thatched wooden houses, called ‘casoni’, as a safe resort for fishing and hunting activities. In 1976 the Region established a hunting ban o­n an area of about 800 ha at the mouth of the River Stella. The request for this came initially from the hunters of Marano themselves, who made up the membership of the public hunting estate outside the proposed bird-sanctuary, which was then still a private hunting area. With the declaration of the bird sanctuary, an increasing number of visitors, e.g. birdwatchers, ecotourists, began to come, and new economic resources were created for the local community.

By visiting the following website, you can easily download the pdf version of the book: and if you have any comment, please contact Namue Lee at the UNDP/GEF Korea Wetland Project ( or Chris Rostron at WWT (

Source : Ministry of Environment Korea, WWT, UNDP/GEF Korea Wetland Project

Updated on 4/29/2009 2:54:06 PM.