Tokyo Park, Miyagi Bay Registered under Ramsar Convention


Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)--Kasai Marine Park in Tokyo and Shizugawa Bay in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, have been newly designated as internationally important wetlands for conservation under the Ramsar convention, according to Japan's Environment Ministry.

The ministry was informed of the designation of the two sites by the secretariat for the international treaty on Thursday, ministry officials said.

Certificates for the registration will be given to relevant local municipalities on Tuesday in Dubai, where a meeting among signatories to the treaty is set to be held.

Kasai Marine Park, a brackish wetland, is the first site in Tokyo to have been designated under the Ramsar convention. Greater scaups and many other birds winter at the park, which is located in Edogawa Ward in the Japanese capital and faces Tokyo Bay.

Shizugawa Bay, in the town of Minamisanriku, is a habitat for more than 500 species of marine creatures.

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