Romania names four new Ramsar Sites

01/08/0012

As announced during ceremonies at the recently-concluded 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Bucharest, the government of Romania has designated four new sites for the List of Wetlands of International Importance. As summarized by Ramsar's Assistant Advisor for Europe, Ms Kati Wenzel, based upon the Ramsar Information Sheets that accompany every site designation, all four new sites are associated with the Danube River and all are exceptionally important for waterbirds. In addition, the preparations for all four designations have been greatly supported by Ramsar's International Organization Partner WWF International through its Danube Carpathian Programme.

Romania now has 12 Ramsar Sites, totaling 923,597 hectares, and has indicated that a number of additional designations are in preparation.

Bistret. 13/06/12; Dolj County; 27,482 ha; 43°52'34"N 023°34'40"E. Natura 2000 (SPA). A mosaic of different habitats, including Bistret Lake, the Danube river, fishery and lagoon complexes, islands, meadows, agricultural land and forests that harbours a diversity of species of flora and fauna, especially birds. Being located along a major migratory route, the site is a nesting, resting and feeding site for many regionally and globally threatened bird species such as the endangered Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis and the vulnerable Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus. The site is used for agriculture; fishing and recreational activities. Bistret Lake acts as a water reservoir and influences the groundwater level. The area surrounding the Lake is of archaeological importance, withone of the most important Bronze Age complexes on the Lower Danube. The operation of the fish farm poses certain threats to the site, as does poaching and solid waste disposal. A transboundary Ramsar Site designation with Bulgaria is planned. Ramsar Site number: 2063. Most recent RIS information: 2012.



Photo: Mihai Avedic, Romanian Ornithological Society, BirdLife Romania

Lake Calarasi (Iezerul Calarasi). 13/06/12; Calarasi County; 5,001 ha; 44°11'24"N 027°16'28"E. Nature Reserve, Natura 2000 (SPA). Originally covered entirely by Ezer Lake, the site now contains only a small part of the former lake which has been preserved following the Danube's embankment. The remainder of the site was transformed into agricultural land and fish ponds now forming a mosaic of natural and human-made ecosystems. The site is of special importance to 271 species of sedentary and migratory waterbirds as well as for several species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, including species threatened on national, European and global level. During winter large concentrations of White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons roost on the lake and Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis rests and feeds in the site. Human uses include fishing, aquaculture and agriculture and the site is important for flood control and groundwater recharge. Potential threats include uncontrolled tourism and over-fishing. Several conservation measures are foreseen, including the prevention of reed burnings, the reduction of agriculturally used chemicals, and the possible development of eco-tourism. An information centre offering educational programs exists. A transboundary Ramsar Site designation with Bulgaria is planned. Ramsar Site number: 2064. Most recent RIS information: 2012.



Photo: Valentin Marin, Romania Ornithological Society, BirdLife Romania

Olt-Danube Confluence (Confluenta Olt-Dunare). 13/06/12; Olt, Teleorman Counties; 46,623 ha; 43°45'43"N 024°43'53"E. Avian Protection Site, Natura 2000 (SPA, SCI), IBA. Containing natural stretches of rivers Olt and Danube, alluvial meadows and forests, riparian mixed forests, sand islands, oxbow and temporary lakes, the site offers an ideal habitat for many species of waterbirds. Vulnerable Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus can be found as well as 33 bird species of European importance which rest, feed and breed in the site, such as Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus. It is also important for different species of fish, amphibians and mammals. The site is used for agriculture, forestry, fishing, and recreational activities as well as hydropower production. Not having been much transformed by human use, many of the site's ecological functions are still intact and play an important role in flood protection and sediment trapping. The construction of hydropower plants, solid waste disposal, and poaching are some of the factors threatening the site. A transboundary Ramsar Site designation with Bulgaria is planned. Ramsar Site number: 2065. Most recent RIS information: 2012.



Photo: Mihai Avedic, Romanian Ornithological Society, BirdLife Romania

Suhaia.13/06/12; Teleorman County; 19,594 ha; 43°44'17"N 025°11'33"E. Avian Protection Site, Natura 2000 (SPA), IBA. Located along a major migratory route and comprising Suhaia Lake, the Danube river, connecting channels, fishing ponds, reed beds, swamps and rice fields. The site offers habitat to numerous threatened species of birds which feed, rest and breed here, including 21 bird species of European importance as well as the globally vulnerable Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus. Moreover, several threatened species of invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals can be found, including the globally vulnerable European Mudminnow Umbra krameri. Suhaia Lake plays a significant role in groundwater replenishment and had an important flood control function prior to the embankment of the Danube. Human uses include aquaculture, agriculture, forestry and recreational activities. Illegal burning of vegetation, poaching and the overuse of fertilizers threaten the ecological character of the site. A transboundary Ramsar Site designation with Bulgaria is planned. Ramsar Site number: 2066. Most recent RIS information: 2012.



Photo: Mihai Avedic, Romanian Ornithological Society, BirdLife Romania

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