Muni-Pomadze Ramsar Site
Muni-Pomadze Ramsar Site is a coastal lagoon characterized by sand dunes, degraded forest, scrub, farmland and marsh areas subject to tidal and seasonal inundation. Marine turtles nest on the sandy shores, and an estimated population of about 23,000 water birds, including terns, waders, herons, and egrets, feed and breed in the wetland. It also contains a rich and diverse butterfly fauna, with about 75 species recorded. The eastern borders of the lagoon are covered by thick mangrove forests, which are exploited by local communities for commercial fishing and fuel wood. The narrow strip of sand dune which separates the lagoon from the sea is mainly covered by coconut plantations which attract birdwatchers and tourists. Other human activities include grazing, farming and hunting. The main threats to the Site include rapid urbanization and encroachment.