Zimbabwe's new RAMSAR Wetlands Sites: Information factsheets produced
Last year, seven important wetland sites in Zimbabwe were newly added to the RAMSAR Convention's List of Wetlands of International Importance. The seven are :-
- Victoria Falls National Park,
- Mana Pools National Park,
- Monavale Wetland,
- Lakes Chivero and Manyame,
- Driefontein Grasslands,
- Chinhoyi Caves, and
- Cleveland Dam.
Accession to the RAMSAR List is recognised by conservation organisations and governments worldwide as an important step in helping to protect these vulnerable wetland areas into the future.
Another important step is education: To this end, a series of information factsheets for each of these important sites has been produced by a committee of public and private stakeholders, which includes The Zambezi Society.
The Factsheet about the Mana Pools RAMSAR site was prepared by the Zambezi Society, and we thank our Education Officer, Leslee Maasdorp, for her hard work in completing this.
PROTECTING THE RIVERS OF MANA POOLS - RAMSAR ASSISTANCE SOUGHT
In the meantime, the Zambezi Society, through the National Wetlands Committee, is preparing a proposal to the RAMSAR secretariat's Small Grants Fund for assistance with gather information about the biodiversity of two important river systems in Mana Pools National Park - the Ruckomechi and Chitake rivers - and identifying threats (such as mining and wildlife poaching) faced by these important watersources.