Bwabwata-Okavango Ramsar site launched by Environment Minister
As Namibia is regarded as one of the most arid countries south of the Sahara, the value of wetlands are of significance to the country. The Ramsar Convention signed in 1975 focussed on protecting wetlands as habits for wetland bird species but has since then expanded to include all aspects of wetland conservation and sustainable use. Namibia already has four wetlands listed as wetlands of international importance, namely Etosha Pan, Walvisbay lagoon, Orange river mouth and Sandwhich harbour.
The designation will further require Namibia, as a party to the Ramsar Convention, to promote the conservation of the site and other wetlands in the country.
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