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Changwon
Changwon is a city in and the capital of South Gyeongsang Province in South Korea. The city has a population of approximately 550,000.
Changwon historical
The 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands, or Ramsar COP10, will open in the city from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4.

Changwon (Korea) host to the UN wetlands convention

October 10, 2008

The 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands, or Ramsar COP10, will open in the city from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4.

The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands: i.e. to stem the progressive encroachment on and loss of wetlands now and in the future, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value. The treaty was adopted in Ramsar, Iran in 1971 and came into effect in 1975.

'Through the conference, Changwon aims to promote the city around the world as `an environmental capital,' introducing the province's wetlands including Junam Reservoir, the nation's biggest stopover for migratory birds,'' Changwon Mayor Park Wan-su said.

Under the theme of "Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People,'' participants will announce "Changwon Declaration,'' through which they can develop the Ramsar Convention.

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