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Lesotho and the Ramsar Convention

Lesotho has become a member of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and the World Wetlands Day was duly celebrated for the first time in Lesotho on 2 February 2004. As a member of the convention, we undertake to promote wetlands in Lesotho and use them wisely.
The Ministry has tentatively designated the Lets’eng-la-Letsie in the Quthing district as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar site) as part of its accession to the Convention. In joining the Convention, the country stands to benefit in that the profile of wetlands in the country will be raised and will also have access to information and a global pool of experts on related issues.
We will also benefit from an expert exchange program and from grants directly related to the preservation and improvement of the area. The convention, we are told, "recognises the importance of wetlands as regulators of water regimes and as habitats supporting significant species of plants and animals." Lesotho does, indeed, harbour an impressive variety of water bird species, as opposed to the restricted variety of water plant species. The Ramsar Convention was named after the town in Iran where it originated.
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