Monday, 7. 2. 2011

Ljubljana marshlands

Ljubljana Botanical Garden is to play host to an exhibition on the Ljubljana Marshlands Regional Park until the end of February.

World Wetlands Day, 2 February, was celebrated in 2011 under the slogan 'Forests for Water and Wetlands'.

The name of the Ljubljana marshlands area is self explanatory, as an area closely entwined with water and wetlands, so it is right to particularly keep its importance in mind on World Wetlands Day.
Water is the essence of the marshlands, without which the area would have a totally different image in terms of cultural heritage as well as natural history. Within the linkage of forests and wetlands (The United Nations has declared 2011 as International Year of Forests) we witness on Ljubljana marshlands one of the most beautiful, most valuable and biologically richest areas of park. These areas represent preserved complexes of raised bog forest, preserved woodlands of alder, Illyrian oak-hornbeam and Illyrian beech woodlands as well as numerous individual moisture-loving trees in the form of trees of landscape value. The area is among the most biologically diverse for flora but above all for wildlife.

This year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Ramsar Convention – the first concrete accord on the preservation of networks of aquatic ecosystems of global significance. Today the Ramsar Convention unites 160 countries, with 1,911 sites internationally recognised covering almost 187 million hectares.

To mark World Wetlands Day, and at the start of the Ljubljana Marshland Regional Park's operation, an exhibition has been prepared on the historical, cultural, ethnological and natural characteristics of the Ljubljana marshlands.

The exhibition opened on 2 February and welcomes visitors until 28 February 2011 in the foyer of the tropical greenhouse at Ljubljana Botanical Garden.