Lake Niassa (or Lake Malawi), located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, has been officially declared a reserve by the Government of Mozambique, protecting the species and natural habitats of one of the largest and the most bio-diverse, freshwater lakes in the world.
The Government of Mozambique has also approved the proposal for the designation of Lake Niassa as a Ramsar site, including not only the reserve, but surrounding wetlands and watershed. This wetland will be the second Ramsar site for Mozambique after the declaration of Marromeu Complex in 2003.
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The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of wetlands. Ramsar Sites are wetlands of a certain international importance. The sites are selected by the member states for designation under the Convention by reference to the Criteria for Identifying Wetlands of International Importance.