In 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar (from which it takes its name) an international treaty was signed for the preservation and rational use of wetlands and their resources.

Galicia has acknowledged a total of five areas: the Complexo intermareal Umia - O Grove; A Lanzada, Punta Carreirón e Bodeira lagoon; Ortigueira and Ladrido estuaries; its beach complex, the Corrubedo lagoon and dunes; the Valdoviño lagoon and dunes; the Eo River estuary.

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