Samir Taieb stresses need to preserve urban wetlands | Tunisia News Gazette

Samir Taieb stresses need to preserve urban wetlands

A new project on the preservation and development of coastal wetlands in the Ghar El Melh area

n will soon be launched, in association with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Centre for Mediterranean Co-operation , Birdlife International, the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the Tour du Valat, the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia and the association “Les Amis des Oiseaux”, Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Samir Taieb announced on Monday.

Wetlands play an important role in the preservation of biological diversity and also have a socio-economic, scientific and cultural role, he recalled, at a meeting held in Bizerte, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Tunisia) and the DGF, on the occasion of World Wetlands Day on the theme “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”.

Tunisia currently has 41 sites on the List of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), comprising some 260 terrestrial plant species and 50 marine plant species and hosting 140 species of migratory birds, according to the minister who has insisted on the need to protect these areas against all irresponsible practices: dumping of household waste and construction waste in storm water drainage channels, uncontrolled exploitation of neighboring lands, anarchic construction and spills of pollutants or polluted water from factories.

Source: TAP News Agency

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