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Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat
Jul. 14, 2005
This Convention was created on 2 February 1971, in Ramsar, Iran amended by Paris Protocol of 3 December 1982, and entered into force for the United States on 18 December 1986. Each country must promote the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl by establishing nature reserves on wetlands and provide adequately for their wardening (Article 4, para 1).
The contracting countries must promote the training of personnel competent in the fields of wetland research, management, and wardening (Article 4, para 4). Those countries that are Contracting Parties to the convention agreed :

  • wetlands constitute a resource of great economic, cultural, scientific and recreational value, the loss of which would be irreparable
  • the progressive encroachment on and loss of wetlands now and in the future should be stemmed
  • waterfowl in their seasonal migration should be regarded as an international resource
  • conservation of wetlands and their flora and fauna can be ensured by combining far-sighted national policies with coordinated international action
Full Text of Act available here.

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