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Designating Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site

Ramsar Convention

The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty signed on 2 February 1971 in the city of Ramsar in Iran and entered into force in 1975. The Convention provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

As of August 2018, there were 170 Contracting Parties to the Convention which covered 2,323 wetland sites of about 249 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar Convention.

The Ramsar Convention entered into force in China on 31 July 1992. Currently, China has 57 Ramsar Sites covering about 7 million hectares in area. The Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site is the 7th Ramsar Site of China.

For more information about the Ramsar Convention, please visit the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands website.

Designating Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site

About 1500 ha of wetland in the Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay region was listed as a Ramsar Site on 4 September 1995. The site has a shallow bay with extensive intertidal mudflats backed by mangal, tidal shrimp ponds (gei wais), fishponds and reedbeds. The mangal is the largest in Hong Kong while the reedbed is the largest in Hong Kong and Guangdong Province.

The site serves as an important over-wintering and refueling station site for the waterbirds during their migrations between the Arctic Russia and Australia. The total migratory birds using the area each year is over 100,000 of which some of them are globally threatened species including Black-faced Spoonbill, Saunders' s Gull and Nordmann's Greenshank.

What listing criteria have Mai Po Inner Deep Bay met to be designated as a Ramsar Site?

World Wetlands Day

2 February is designated as the World Wetlands Day to commemorate the signing of the Ramsar Convention. The day is celebrated worldwide by Governments and non-governmental organisations to raise public awareness on the importance of wetland conservation. A global theme is advocated each year together with the organisation of a wide range of activities. In Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Wetland Park celebrates the World Wetlands Day every year through a series of fun-filled activities to deliver wetland conservation messages.

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