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Bangladesh | Government critics say Ramsar designation for large wetland won't ensure protection

DHAKA — As Bangladesh authorities prepare to declare the country’s largest freshwater wetland a Ramsar site, its two other designated wetlands of international importance, including the Sundarbans, continue to come under increasing threat.

The Ramsar Convention calls for the protection and sustainable use of wetlands, and designates internationally important ones as Ramsar sites. Bangladesh signed up to the convention in 1992, and that same year the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, was designated a Ramsar site. Tanguar Haor, an inland freshwater wetland, followed in 2000.

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