The State of Kuwait becomes the 169th Contracting Party to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

The State of Kuwait becomes the 169th Contracting Party to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

7 September 2015

The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention is pleased to announce the State of Kuwait as the 169th Contracting Party of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The Secretariat learned of the country’s accession to the Convention through the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the depository organization for the Ramsar Convention. The Convention came into force in Kuwait on 5 September, 2015.

On the occasion of accession to the Ramsar Convention, and in fulfilment of a key obligation of all Parties, Kuwait announced the designation of the Mubarak Al-Kabeer Reserve onto the List of Wetlands of International Importance (‘Ramsar Sites’). The Site becomes the latest addition to over 2,200 Ramsar Sites around the world, considered to be of international importance because of the valuable ecosystem services and benefits they provide to people and the environment.

Dr. Christopher Briggs, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention said, “We are happy to welcome the State of Kuwait to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The adoption of the Convention by Kuwait demonstrates the country’s strong commitment towards the long-term conservation and wise use of their wetlands. The newly designated Mubarak Al-Kabeer Reserve Ramsar Site is situated on two major migration routes for birds from Eurasia to Africa, and from Turkey to India. The Secretariat and Contracting Parties of the Ramsar Convention look forward to working closely with Kuwait to help to prevent, stop and reverse wetland loss and degradation.”

The Mubarak Al-Kabeer Reserve, (50,948 hectares), is located on Boubyan Island, the largest island in Kuwait. The Site is flat and low, and supports shallow salt marshes and small lagoons. It is important as a staging post for migrating birds, as well as for hosting populations of breeding waterbirds. These include the world’s largest breeding colony of Crab Plover (Dromas ardeola), and the waters around it are a major nursery area for many commercial fish species while a range of  species of dolphins and porpoises  frequent the murky waters around the site.

Click here for more information about the Mubarak Al-Kabeer Reserve Ramsar Site