The Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee was set up by the Irish Government in November 2010 to assist Ireland in meeting its requirements as a signatory to the Ramsar Convention.
|IRWC at the BirdWatch Ireland's East Coast Nature Reserve|
They are a small group of 15 drawn from a variety of relevant government agencies, scientific and technical institutions, regional and local authorities and non-governmental organisations.
They aim to:
• Raise the profile of all wetlands and their value in Ireland
• Develop national wetland polices, and to provide advice to policy makers
• Support wetland education and public awareness of wetlands
• Promote the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Ireland
To celebrate World Wetlands Day in February 2012 in Ireland, the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee launched their new website www.irishwetlands.ie, a significant development for this long-standing Contracting Party that presently has 45 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, covering marine and coastal areas, sand dunes, saltmarshes, river headwaters and estuaries, lakes, reedbeds, swamps, peat bogs and karstic limestone areas (see map of Irish Ramsar Sites here).
The site aims to promote the importance of wetlands in Ireland for biodiversity and for the wider public. The Committee will continue to develop the site and promote it as a one-stop-shop for promoting and hosting material relating to Ireland’s wetlands.
Text and photo courtesy: IRWC