RAMSAR, “Classifying Destruction”: shrimp farms and salt mines are not wetlands!
Redmanglar Internacional questions the fact that shrimp farms, fish culture ponds and salt mines are considered by the RAMSAR Convention as artificial wetlands.
These industries must be classified in the listings of activities that generate negative impacts against wetlands and other associated ecosystems, as well as against the communities and people that inhabit them.
Placing shrimp factories, salt mines and other industrial activities in the “Artificial Wetlands” list is another argument that’s used by such high social and environmental impact industries, and it only contributes to the green make-up of their activities.
Considering them “Artificial Wetlands” is a criteria that’s not fair to these projects’ realities nor to the thousands of communities that face hard battles in many countries that are members of the Ramsar Convention to have their rights respected