Further priority wetland sites protected
Black-headed gulls (Larus ridibundus) attacking grey heron (Ardea cinerea), Middle Elbe biosphere reserve, Germany
Several freshwater areas in high conservation priority places have been designated under the Ramsar Convention as Wetlands of International Importance. These areas include Kenya in Coastal East Africa, Rumania’s Danube River basin, Tunisia in the Mediterranean and in the Miombo ecoregion, Zimbabwe. The 163,000 ha Tana River delta in Kenya is now a Ramsar site, making this East Africa’s second priority river mouth wetland alongside the Rufiji Delta in Tanzania. In Rumania, seven wetland sites covering 400,000 ha were designated in the Danube River basin, securing habitat for migratory and resident bird species and flood control. Zimbabwe joined the Ramsar Convention with WWF support and will designate seven wetland sites covering 280,000 ha.