Ramsar Advisory Mission to Greenland, 2009


Initially triggered by a planned molybdenum mining development which would impact part of the Ramsar site Heden (Jameson Land) in eastern Greenland, the Ramsar mission quickly expanded to consideration of wider issues concerning the state of wetlands and Ramsar sites in Greenland generally. From 9 to 14 June 2009, Ramsar’s Tobias Salathé traveled to Greenland and worked with an expert team from the governments of Greenland and Denmark and a number of research institutions. His comprehensive report on the issues and the Mission’s recommendations are now available here.

Ramsar focal point Inge Thaulow speaking to the radio at the opening of the exhibit on Kississunguit Ramsar site in Aasiaat.

Humpback whale foraging in Disko bay, close to the downstream part of Ilulissat icefjord, a potential Ramsar site.

The Ramsar Advisory Mission landing at the shores of the “muddy bay” in Ramsar site Aqajaruak & Sullorsuaq.

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