Morocco names 12 new wetlands on the Ramsar Convention’s international importance list

23 May 2019 was a happy celebration day for Moroccan wetlands. 12 new Moroccan sites have been announced for inclusion in the Ramsar Convention’s list of Important Wetlands during the International Day for Biological Diversity. The High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification (HCEFLCD) announced the designation of:

  • Imouzzer Lakes of Kandar
  • Smir lagoon and dam
  • Oued Tizguite
  • Coastline of Jbel Moussa
  • Oued Assaquia Al Hamra in La’youne
  • Assifs Ahançal-Melloul
  • Assifs Réghaya-Aït Mizane
  • Bokkoyas Coast
  • Assif Mgoun
  • Aftissate-Boujdour coast
  • Cape Ghir-Imsouane
  • High Oued Lakhdar

This is the result of a fruitful collaboration where the HCEFLCD worked with MAVA partners’ experts from WWF North Africa, Scientific Institute of Rabat and GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco. Two of these sites are located in the Sebou river basin, contributing to the project of WWF North Africa for the wise use and integrated management of this wide basin in the country. This is one of the main projects in the Outcome Action Plan for Mediterranean River Basins M1-2.

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