NEWS AND EVENTS
February 15, 2012
In the Name of Preserving Nature
Ecology Movement of Uzbekistan called a panel discussion to dwell upon the protection of wetlands and efficient use of natural resources on the occasion of the 41th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention.
Addressing the participants, representatives of relevant state, public and international organizations, scientists and experts emphasized an important role of wetlands in the ecosystem.
“With their unique flora and fauna those areas are the important natural source that meets the needs of the population in ecologically clean food products,” said Boriy Alikhanov, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Central Council of the Ecology Movement of Uzbekistan. “Wetlands occupy one million hectares of the country’s territory, giving home to almost forty species of animals listed in the Red Book. To protect those areas, use them effectively and apply best international practices in this area Uzbekistan joined the International Convention for the Protection of Wetlands in 2001.”
In order to attract attention of the broad community to the preservation of wetlands in their natural state an international convention was signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar on February 2, 1971. To date, it unites 160 states, and numbers nearly 1,700 registered wetlands.
There is a certain work being done by the country in this direction through special programs and projects on the timely implementation of the country\'s obligations. The Aydar-Arnasai lake system alone is the home for the unique and endangered bird species. Uzbekistan takes measures to protect the ecological stability in the lake system. Many other water bodies of Uzbekistan are currently being prepared for inclusion in the Ramsar List. They include the system of lakes Sudochie (Karakalpakstan), the Amu Darya River floodplain near Termiz, and the Achikkul Lake.
The participants heard presentations on the aims and objectives of the Ramsar Convention, the conservation of biodiversity in the country, and organization of protection of new territories. (Source: Ut.uz)