Several wetlands in the Nenets Autonomous District can qualify for wetland of world importance in the next three years, the expert organization Wetlands International and the United Nations Development Programme Tatiana Minaev.
World Day of wetlands designed to draw the world's attention on the value of wetlands to support the sustainability of our planet, is celebrated on February 2. It was on this day in 1971 in the city of Ramsar (Iran), was signed by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention).
"There is a list of land that we are going to submit to the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention. The next three years, I think that we will have it within the territory of the existing protected areas (PAs). So it will be an additional international status for PAs" — Minaev said at a press conference at the UN House in Moscow.
Currently, the Ramsar Convention includes more than two thousand land in 164 countries covering about 198 million hectares. Russia joined the Convention in 1976. To date, 35 Russian wetland area of 10.3 million hectares of declared areas of global importance.
"Because of the lack of a clear legal status of Ramsar sites in Russia, the only solution is to create a clear land within the boundaries of protected areas. We propose to establish such reserve land in the Nenets and Nenets federal and regional reserves in the delta of the Pechora. This unique places that are vital for a huge number of bird populations, "- she added.