World Wetlands Day, 2 February
Commemorated annually on 2 February under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, this year's World Wetlands Day highlights the role wetlands play in mitigating climate change.
The Ramsar Convention was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in February 1971 and takes the form of an intergovernmental treaty whose mission is to promote the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national measures and international cooperation as a means of contributing to securing sustainable development around the world. Today the Convention brings together 170 countries as contracting parties; Slovenia became a party to the Convention in June 1991.
We at HESS fully recognize the importance of responsible, comprehensive and sustainability-oriented spatial development, which is why in planning the HPP Mokrice project we placed a special focus on measures for increasing biodiversity, among others. As part of the construction of the new hydroelectric power plant, a new wetland will be created that will help preserve some of the animal species found in the project area, primarily the dragonfly, fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina) and Italian crested newt (Triturus caenifex), European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis), and among birds, the common little bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Porzana crakes (Porzana spp.) and Acrocephalus warblers (Acrocephalus spp.). This will be the very first wetland of this type in the area of the lower course of the river Sava and will extend across locations of the existing abandoned channel and farmland along the Gabernica stream, spanning a total of 4.4 ha. From the perspective of the flora, fauna and hydromodifications, the project's solutions envisage permanent submersion of the wetland in order to revitalize the characteristic landscape shaped by nature through time.