Bolivia designates world’s largest protected wetland

Trinidad, Bolivia / February 1, 2013 — To mark the annual World Wetlands Day, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance has designated its largest site ever. At more than 6.9 million hectares, the Llanos de Moxos wetland is equivalent to the size of the Netherlands and Belgium together. The wetlands are prized for their rich natural diversity, as well as their cultural value. “WWF applauds the government of Bolivia for taking bold action to protect these vital ecosystems,” said Jim Leape, WWF International Director General. “The Amazon basin,…

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More than 3 million hectares of Wetland habitats protected in Congo

Gland, Switzerland/09 October 2012 – With WWF’s support, more than three million hectares have been protected under the “Ramsar Convention” on Wetlands in the Republic of Congo.  With the three newly designated sites – Odzala Kokoua (1,300,000 ha, West Basin Division), Ntokou Pikounda (427,200 ha, Sangha Basin Division) and Vallée du Niari (1,581,000 ha, South of the Republic of Congo) – Congo now counts 10 Wetlands of International Importance, totalling 11.7 million hectares. Both, endangered species and surrounding communities, will benefit from this decision. The new sites are rich with…

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