Anzali Wetland Complex

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Anzali Wetland Complex

  • Country: 
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
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  • Area: 
    15,000 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    37°24'N 49°28'E
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Anzali Mordab (Talab) complex. 23/06/75; Gilan; 15,000 ha; 37°25'N 049°28'E. Added to the Montreux Record, 16 June 1993. A large, freshwater lagoon fed by several rivers and separated from the sea by a dune system; supports extensive reedbeds and abundant submerged and floating vegetation. The permanent wetland is surrounded by seasonally flooded marshes and ab-bandans (water impoundments) fringed by reedbeds and damp grassland. The site is of international importance for breeding, staging and wintering waterbirds. The massive spread of the exotic floating water fern Azola is suppressing native flora which is important food for waterbirds. This site was placed on the Montreux Record in 1993 due to change in water levels and increased nutrient-enrichment, leading to the rapid spread of the reed Phragmites australis. Ramsar site no. 40. Most recent RIS information: 1997.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • protected area
    • wildlife refuge
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