New Transboundary Ramsar Site

New Transboundary Ramsar Site

26 August 2008

The Secretariat is very pleased to announce that on 7 August 2008 the governments of Austria and Germany have notified us that “in line with Article 5 of the Convention on Wetlands and Resolution VII.19 on international cooperation, we jointly request [the Secretariat] to register the following wetland site as a Transboundary Ramsar Site: ‘Austrian-Bavarian Wildalm'”. Comprising the existing Ramsar sites ‘Bayerische Wildalm and Wildalmfilz’ (designated in 2004) in Tyrol, Austria, and ‘Bayerische Wildalm’ (designated 2007) in Bavaria, Germany, the wetland is a remarkable peatland concentration in a karst depression, or polje, with many endangered plant species.

A ceremony is planned for 4 September at the site in order to “highlight our cooperation and the Ramsar Convention to the public”, and it is hoped that a member of the Secretariat staff will be able to make the travel arrangements to participate.

The instrument of notification can be seen here (PDF), and the list of existing Transboundary Ramsar sites here.