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MWC TUNISIA: TUNISIA COMMITS TO WETLAND PROTECTION
Thursday 3 February 2005, by Web Team

TUNISIA COMMITS TO WETLAND PROTECTION

(thanks to WWF Posidonia newsletter!)

Tunisia recently decided to put 15 wetland sites under protection under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The 15 wetlands total over 750,000 ha and include salt lakes, swamps, peat bogs, dunes, karstic caves, oases, and lagoons.

Tunisia’s rich wetland environment attracts up to half a million birds and provides thousands of families with income from fishing and shellfish collection. Lake Ichkeul - previously the only Ramsar site found within the country - provides 150 to 200 tons of fish a year, while the Ghar el Melah lagoon provides 80 tons. Despite their importance the country’s wetlands are threatened by pollution, unplanned development and agriculture.

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