Grenada joins as Ramsar’s 162nd Contracting Party
The Ramsar Secretariat is very pleased to announce that the Caribbean state of Grenada has deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Wetlands with the Director-General of UNESCO as of 22 May, and the Convention will therefore come into force for Grenada on 22 September 2012. Pending validation of the formal Ramsar Information Sheet, information received from the authorities indicates that the obligatory first Ramsar Site is named Levera Wetland (said to cover 518 hectares with a centre point at 12°13'30"N 061°36'40"W) in St Patrick parish, a varied area of valuable tropical marine ecosystems on the northeast of the island, including seagrass beds, coral reefs, and a freshwater pond in the in-filled caldera of an ancient volcano, surrounded by red (Rhizophra mangle), white (Laguncularia racemosa), black (Avicennia germinans), and buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) mangroves.
The site extends from the pond and surroundings past the Levera beach out to and including Sugar Loaf Island. It is important for wildlife and turtle nesting and is said to be sustainably used for social, economic and cultural activities by adjacent communities. Such uses include fishing, hunting, harvesting of mangrove wood for charcoal production and of plants for livestock fodder, and recreational pursuits such as picnicking, swimming, fishing, camping, sports, and turtle watching.
The Ramsar Convention welcomes Grenada as its 162nd Party and Levera Wetland as its 2011th Wetland of International Importance.
Photos by María Rivera, Ramsar.