U.S. Side of Niagara River to be Designated a ‘Wetland of International Importance’

‘With this designation, the Niagara River Corridor becomes the 40th Ramsar site in the United States and joins more than 2,300 wetlands worldwide recognized for their rare and unique habitat, wildlife, and biological diversity.’

News from the the U.S.-based Niagara River Greenway Commission, New York State Parks, University at Buffalo, and the Bi-national Niagara River Ramsar Steering Committee

Posted September 25th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara River (U.S.) Corridor To Officially Be Recognized As A Ramsar Site

On Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, a ceremony will be held designating the Niagara River (U.S.) Corridor as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, a global treaty supporting the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and related waters.

 The ceremony will be hosted by the Niagara River Greenway Commission, New York State Parks, University at Buffalo, and the Bi-national Niagara River Ramsar Steering Committee, with representatives attending from the State of New York and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

With this designation, the Niagara River Corridor becomes the 40th Ramsar site in the United States and joins more than 2,300 wetlands worldwide recognized for their rare and unique habitat, wildlife, and biological diversity.

Ramsar sites are recognized as being of significant value not only for the country or the countries in which they are located, but for humanity as a whole.

Efforts toward designating the Niagara River Corridor as a Canadian Ramsar site are still underway.

For information about the Canadian initiative, contact Jocelyn Baker (mailto:jbaker@ramsar-niagara.ca) .LEARN MORE & RSVP (https://ourniagarariver.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6018de2e58c91f7fdfeb183e4&id=51be24c4b5&e=b41ace0bbf)

For more information on when and where the U.S. designation ceremony will take place, click on – http://web2.law.buffalo.edu/mailers/191003-ramsar-event.html

To learn more about the Ramsar Convention, click on – https://www.ramsar.org/about-the-ramsar-convention .

A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

For those who have been fighting to save wetlands on the Ontario side of the Niagara River at sites like Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls, this news of international recognition of wetlands on the New York side of the river is encouraging, and we look forward to similar good news on the Ontario side.

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