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The Visitor Information and Reception Center of Las Lagunas de Campotéjar opens its doors on Sunday, October 18 to publicize the importance of wetlands (15/10/2020)

The Department of the Environment invites you to discover the different functions that humid areas or wetlands perform in nature, and the role they play as reserves of biodiversity on the planet. The Visitor Information and Reception Center of Las Lagunas de Campotéjar-Salar Gordo, in Molina de Segura, will reopen its doors to the public on Sunday, October 18.

In this opening day, all those interested in knowing the natural values ??of this important natural enclave will be informed about the importance of the Lagoons as a wetland. Binoculars will be borrowed from the Center to be able to observe some of the species that inhabit this internationally important wetland, such as the white-headed malvasia, the black-necked grebe or the shoveler, among many other species.

A plan-diagram of the path that runs through the Lagoons will also be offered and this day will offer information on the importance of wetlands in all ecosystems and the functions they perform, as well as information on the main characteristics of many of the species that live here. Wetlands are areas that remain flooded or with their soils saturated with water for long periods of time.

In these ecosystems, water plays a fundamental role in their ecological characteristics and functions.

They are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world and are home to great biological diversity.

They also provide a number of benefits to humans or ecosystem services, such as supplying fresh water, recharging aquifers or mitigating climate change, among others. In the Region of Murcia there are several types of wetlands, collected in the Regional Catalog of Wetlands.

These types are: Coastal Lagoon (Mar Menor). Crypto-wetlands. Fountains and springs. Riverside forests. Ponds and pools. Pseudo-tidal marshes (Encañizadas). Wetlands with coastal salt flats. Reservoirs Rice paddies. Indoor salt flats Lagunas de Campotéjar-Salar Gordo were declared a wetland or RAMSAR site in January 2011.

The Ramsar Convention or Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Habitats of Waterfowl was signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar, on February 2 1971, and entered into force in 1975.

It is the only one of the environmental conventions that focuses on a specific ecosystem, wetlands, and, although originally its main objective was oriented to conservation and wise use in In relation to waterfowl, it currently recognizes the importance of these ecosystems as fundamental in the global conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. With this proposal, the Department of the Environment of the City of Molina wants to publicize the management that it has been carrying out on this protected area and invites the population of Molina de Segura to know it and participate in the initiatives aimed at its maintenance and conservation. For the Councilor for the Environment, Mariano Vicente Albaladejo, "having a natural area of ??international importance in our municipality is a great satisfaction and it is a challenge to contribute to its conservation.

For this, it is essential that the citizens of Molina de Segura and from other areas of the Region know the uniqueness of this enclave and become aware of its importance in the cycle of nature.


Source: Ayuntamiento de Molina de Segura

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