Uzbekistan claims inclusion of three reservoirs in Ramsar List
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Feb.3 /Trend D.Azizov/
Uzbekistan is preparing a package of documents for inclusion of the three reservoirs of the country in the Ramsar List, the press service of the Ecological Movement of the Republic said.
Particularly, Uzbekistan hopes to include Sudochie lakes system (Republic of Karakalpakstan, the country's north-west), the Amu Darya River floodplain near the Termez (Surkhandarya region), Achikkul Lake in Kashkadarya region, located in the south of the Republic in the Ramsar List.
The inclusion of wetlands in the Ramsar List will enhance security measures in these areas, Ecology Movement said.
Convention On Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat was accepted on February 2, 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar, given the global importance to aquatic and wetland areas.
The convention ratified by 160 countries around the world at the moment. About 1.9 thousand land with total area of 1.836 million square kilometers are included in the Ramsar List.
Uzbekistan join to the Ramsar Convention in 2001. At present Dengizkul Lake with area of 31.3 hectares, located in Bukhara area and Aydar-Arnasai lake system is included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.
The total area of wetlands in the country is about one million hectares and numbers over 500 lakes. Migrations of many species of waterfowl pass through the territory of Uzbekistan, and in this regard, particularly important to protect their habitat, the preservation of the natural potential of wetlands.