Three transboundary Ramsar sites between Bulgaria and Romania officially designated | WWF

Three transboundary Ramsar sites between Bulgaria and Romania officially designated

Posted on
07 May 2013
Three new transboundary wetland complexes along the Danube River prepared by WWF were approved by the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on the Conservation of Wetlands.

"The designation of Lake Calarasi – Srebarna, Suhaia - Belene Islands Complex and Bistret - Ibisha Island will allow for the full protection of the bird colonies that nest and feed in Bulgaria and Romania. The two countries will be able to take coordinated, cooperative measures to better protect wetlands and migratory species, which feed, winter, nest and breed on both sides of the river,” said Laurice Ereifej, head of WWF Central and Eastern Europe Freshwater Programme.

Monitoring done by WWF in the last three years shows that heron colonies that nest on the Bulgarian island of Ibisha feed in the Romanian lake of Bistret. The same goes for pygmy cormorants and pelicans nesting in the Srebarna Lake in Bulgaria that feed in the Romanian lake of Calarasi.

At the end of 2012, WWF launched a study of Bistret, Suhaia, Calarasi, Srebarna, Ibisha and Belene Islands Complex as part of the Green Borders LIFE+ EU-funded project to propose transboundary conservation measures for bird species and to designate cross-border nature reserves along the Lower Danube.

The environmental ministers of Bulgaria and Romania officially signed a proposal to create the three wetland complexes in April 2013. There are currently 16 transboundary Ramsar sites, 15 of them in the European region and one in Africa.

The Convention on the Conservation of Wetlands was signed on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. It is the first international agreement for the protection and sustainable use of natural resources. The mission of the Ramsar Convention is the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local, regional and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution to sustainable development.
The Danube at Belene, Bulgaria.
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