The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty providing the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
RAMSAR writes: “Wetlands are vital for human survival. They are among the world’s most productive environments; cradles of biological diversity that provide the water and productivity upon which countless species of plants and animals depend for survival. Yet study after study demonstrates that wetland area and quality continue to decline in most regions of the world. As a result, the ecosystem services that wetlands provide to people are compromised”
Restoring the historical wetlands in and around Lake Bardawil will make the marine ecosystem and related social-economic dependencies more robust. The lake will then strengthen its position as a stopover for migrating birds.
Restoring the wetlands is feasible by re-establishing the dehydrated low lands in the south and improving the lake itself. In conjunction with strategic (re)planting of salt-tolerant vegetation, it is anticipated that the whole marine ecosystem development will benefit. Wetlands should be protected from the fishing activities in order to be able to effectively fulfil their role within the ecosystem.
Design & Research
The Weather Makers have prepared a preliminary design for this specific activity with support from DEME and Professor John Todd.