Sep 26, 2018

"Colombo" named international wetland city

The city of Colombo has been declared as a wetland city by the International Ramsar Convention Secretariat.

The Wildlife Department, together with the cooperation of all relevant parties had made an application to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat to obtain the international wetlands certification for the Colombo city.

Highlighting the importance of making use of the urban wetlands amidst urbanization and focusing on protecting its biodiversity, it was decided at the Ramsar Secretariat Stakeholders Conference in 2015 to name such cities as international wetland cities.

Accordingly, 18 wetland cities were chosen from China, South Korea, France, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and several other countries to be named as wetland cities by the Ramsar Secretariat.