What Is RAMSAR ?
 
  The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, and came into force in 1975, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources and it is the only global environmental treaty that deals with this particular ecosystem. The Convention's member countries cover all geographic regions of the planet. There are presently 152 Contracting Parties to the Convention, with 1608 wetland sites, totalling 140 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.
 
  Mission Statement: "The Convention's mission is the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local, regional and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world" (Ramsar COP8, 2002).
 
  The Convention on Wetlands came into force for Australia on 21 December 1975. Australia presently has 64 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 7,371,873 hectares.
 
 
Great Sandy Strait
 
  (including Great Sandy Strait, Tin Can Bay, and Tin Can Inlet). 14/06/99; Queensland; 93,160 ha; 2528’S 15254’E. Adjoins the Fraser Island World Heritage site. A sand passage estuary between the mainland and sandy Fraser Island. The largest area of tidal swamps within the Southeast Queensland bioregion of Australia, consisting of intertidal sand and mud flats, extended seagrass beds, mangrove forests, saltflats, and saltmarshes, and often contiguous with freshwater Melaleuca wetlands and coastal wallum swamps. An exceptionally important feeding ground for migratory shorebirds and important for a wide range of other waterbirds and seabirds, marine fish, crustaceans, oysters, dugong, sea turtles, and dolphins. Evidence of Aboriginal presence dates back 5500 years, and indigenous fishing is still a major activity. Ramsar site no. 992.

 
  Read More about Australia's Policy on Wetlands The Wetlands Policy of the Commonwealth Government of Australia  
  Read More about RAMSAR'S Policy on Wetlands
 
  The Biodiversity Group of Environment Australia is the Administrative Authority for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Australia. Further information can be obtained by writing to the Wetlands, Waterways and Waterbirds Unit of the Biodiversity Group at GPO Box 636, Canberra ACT 2601 or through the internet site at: The Department of Environment and Heritage Australian Commonwealth Government  
 
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