AKIPRESS.COM - Turkmenistan has conducted a traditional winter ornithological survey as part of the International Waterbird Census. The survey covered the Hazar State Reserve, as well as the areas of the Amu Darya and Karakum rivers, mostly visited by birds.
The International Waterbird Census has been timed to World Wetlands Day marking the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat in 1971. This convention is also called Ramsar.
The ornithological surveys in Turkmenistan are conducted by the State Committee for Environmental Protection and Land Resources as part of a joint project of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (UK) and Wetland International.
According to experts, the wetland ecosystem of the Turkmen coast of the Caspian Sea, water basins of Karakum river, Murghab, Tejen and Amu Darya river, as well as the lakes of Sarykamysh and Altyn Asyr (Golden Age) are of great interest in terms of their inclusion in the Ramsar List.
The list includes two thousand wetlands around the world, and the Convention accounts for 160 states parties, including Turkmenistan that signed this international instrument in 2009.
In Turkmenistan, the Ramsar Convention covers the Turkmenbashi bay whose waters were given the status of protected area, as well as international importance and the Ramsar management plan for this area. The next nominations are Ogurjaly Reserve and South Cheleken bay, Altyn Asyr lake and other wetland ecosystems of Turkmenistan.