Bosnia and Herzegovina succeeds to the Ramsar Convention.

Bosnia and Herzegovina succeeds to the Ramsar Convention.

6 November 2001
Bosnia and Herzegovina

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The Bureau is extremely pleased to announce that on 24 September 2001 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina notified the Director-General of UNESCO that that country "considers itself, as a legal successor State of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, bound by the Convention on Wetlands", with effect from 1 March 1992, the date upon which Bosnia and Herzegovina assumed responsibility for its international relations. In accordance with Article 2 of the Convention, the new Contracting Party named as its obligatory first Wetland of International Importance a Nature Park and Birdlife Important Bird Area called "Hutovo Blato" (7,411 hectares, 43°03’N 017°37’E) near the estuary of the Neretva river. The site, comprising swamps, lakes, wet meadows, and riverine forest, provides favorable conditions for many wetland species, particularly of birds and fish, several of which are described as endangered. Human activities in the area include fishing and hunting; pressures from drainage, agricultural intensification, urbanization, and growing tourism are seen to pose potential threats.