Aldabra Atoll adds Ramsar to their World Heritage Site status

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It was confirmed recently to this correspondent that the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Aldabra atoll, which is managed by the Seychelles Island Foundation will now also be recognized as a Ramsar site, adding global recognition to the extraordinary conservation work done on the atoll by its keepers. Ramsar refers to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance and is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands.

This will be the third Ramsar site on the archipelago, after the original mangrove forest at Port Launay (recognized in 2005 as the Seychelles’ first), as Mare aux Cochon was equally recognized by the Ramsar secretariat at the same time.

Three more applications are pending for further inclusion as Ramsar sites, but no imminent announcements are expected at this time until further reviews have taken place.