The Dnestr Delta Black Sea: ornithological importance,conservation problems and management proposals

Schogolev I.

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The Dnestr Delta is one of the most intaet wetland eeosystems in the Blaek Sea. In a total area of 220 krn-, dominated by extensive reedbeds, important populations of waterbirds nest in eolonies, some of them in numbers of international signifieanee. The seasonal floods of the river are the key faetor for the funetioning of this wetland eeosystem, but human intervention and the eonstruetion of a hydroeleetrieal dam are now having serious environmental impaet on the delta. A management plan for the waters of the river should be fully implemented and the delta should be designated as a National Park in order to halt and reverse its degradation.