The Annotated Ramsar List: Georgia


The Annotated Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance


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The Convention on Wetlands came into force for Georgia on 7 June 1997. Georgia presently has 2 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 34,480 hectares.

site; date of designation; region, province, state; surface area; coordinates
site; date de désignation; région, province, état; superficie; coordonnées
sitios; fecha de designación; región, provincia, estado; área; coordenadas

Ispani Mire. 07/02/97; Adjara; 770 ha; 41º52’N 041º50’E. Nature Reserve. Quaking bogs, distinguished by a unique floral composition including elements of boreal and high alpine communities. The site includes peat bogs, swamps, fens and forested peatlands set on a coastal alluvial plain. Vegetation consists of grass-Sphagnum bogs and swampy alder forests. Various species of migratory waterbirds occur in internationally important numbers, and the nesting Pandoin haliaetas are supported. Artifacts of the Bronze and Antique periods are found at the site. Human activities include small-scale cattle grazing, mowing, forestry, and peat extraction. Boundaries extended in 2007. Ramsar site no. 894. Most recent RIS information: 2007.

Wetlands of Central Kolkheti.07/02/97; Guria and Samegrelo; 33,710 ha; 42º12’N 041º42’E. State Reserve, Nature Reserve. A coastal alluvial plain, dissected by rivers with extensive peat wetlands and lakes. The site supports a wealth of relict and endemic flora and fauna species. Vegetation consists of typical bog and peatland species, with freshwater marshes supporting reedbeds and brackish areas supporting halophytic plants. Various species of waterbirds use the site for wintering. Nesting species in internationally important numbers include Haliatos albicilla and Pandion haliaetus. Human activities include tourism, small scale fishing, agriculture, timber cutting, peat extraction and hunting. Bronze Age artifacts are found at the site. Subject of a Ramsar Advisory Mission, 2005. Ramsar site no. 893. Most recent RIS information: 1996.

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