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Syria Committed to the Protection of Biodiversity

DAMSCUS, (ST)  -The Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Dr. Nazira Sarkis, renewed Syria's keenness to abide by the terms of international conventions relating to the protection of biodiversity and its components and to highlight its importance in human life.

On the occasion of the World Day for migratory birds, the Minister said in a statement that Syria is one of the important countries for migratory birds due to the differences in its environmental systemsand terrain charming nature that contribute to ensure lasting and rich crossing points for many migratory birds and transient and visiting,  pointing out that Syria has taken many measures to protect birds at the national level, particularly the issuance of Law No. 12 of 2012 on the protection of the environment.

Dr. Sarkis pointed out that a new law is being prepared to regulate fishing in addition to preparing a law to regulate trafficking of living plants and animalsand endangered species, stressing the importance of cooperation of all parties to protect natural resources in Syria.

"Syria joined to many international conventions on the protection of biodiversity and its components and to highlight its importance in human life, particularly the Convention on the protection of biodiversity, the Convention for the Protection of Migratory Species of Wild Animals,  the "Ramsar " Treaty and the Barcelona Convention dealing with the protected areas," Dr. Sarkis clarified.

The World Day of Migratory Birds was launched in 2006 as a global initiative to celebrate the migratory birds and the promotion of protecting birds on a global scale and as an annual awareness campaign to highlight the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats.

Sh. Kh.

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