International Crane Foundation


What’s New

Africa: > What’s New

Marromeu Complex Declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention
The Marromeu Complex of the Zambezi Delta was declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, the world’s foremost international agreement for the protection and wise use of wetlands. The World Wildlife Fund recognized the ratification and commitment to the Zambezi Delta as a "Gift to the Earth", WWF’s "highest accolade for a globally significant contribution to conservation". The Marromeu Complex is home to about 300 Wattled Cranes, and serves as a critical refuge during periods of regional drought when as many as 2500 Wattled Cranes have been observed on the floodplain. The Ramsar declaration is the culmination of a seven-year campaign by the Museum of Natural History-Mozambique and International Crane Foundation to recognize and protect the Marromeu Complex for future generations.
September 2003