(Persia Digest) - Zarivar wetland, located in the city of Marivan, western Iran, has been registered as the 25th wetland of Iran under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, more commonly known as the Ramsar Convention.
The Ramsar Convention is for the conservation and sustainable use of international wetlands, plants, and animals, especially the waterfowl habitat. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed in 1971.
Some 169 countries are currently members of the Ramsar Convention.
With its 252 wetlands, Iran has so far registered more than 35 wetlands on the Ramsar list under 24 titles, bringing the area of its wetlands so far registered under the convention to an estimated 1.5 million hectares out of a total of three million hectares.
However, Iran’s registered wetlands are not in an acceptable condition. According to a vulnerability assessment project for Iranian sites, some 37 percent of them are highly vulnerable while the vulnerability level for the other 42 percent is medium and the remaining 21 percent enjoy a low vulnerability level.
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