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Ramsar Acting Secretary General Ania Grobicki celebrates World Wetlands Day in Iran

Matt Ball on February 2, 2016 - in Announcement, Corporate, Water

45 years ago in Iran, in the city of Ramsar, the Convention on Wetlands came into being. Today, Ramsar Acting Secretary General Ania Grobicki celebrated World Wetlands Day  alongside ministers, ambassadors, and representatives of universities and NGOs in the historic city of Isfahan.

Participants heard speeches from the Vice President and Head of the Department of Environment, His Excellency Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, the Governor General of Isfahan Province Dr. Rasoul Zargarpour, and the Director General of the Department of Environment for Isfahan Province, Mr. Hamid Zohrabi.

Dr. Grobicki described how wetlands build resilience against the threat of climate change. “2016 marks the dawn of a new era. The UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted last September map out the route from the vicious circle of environmental degradation towards a virtuous circle where we preserve, restore and wisely use ecosystems such as wetlands precisely because they are vital for our prosperity. More than a billion people around the world make their living directly from wetlands, doing jobs such as fishing, rice farming or handicrafts. Other sectors such as travel and eco-tourism, water transport and aquaculture all depend on healthy wetlands.”

Dr. Grobicki will also visit Gavkhuni Wetland where she will meet local students.

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