Khuzestan (IP) - Covering an area of around 538,000 hectares, Shadegan international wetland is located next to the three major cities of Shadegan, Abadan, and Mahshahr in Khuzestan Province, southwest of Iran.

Iran Press/ Iran News: The Ramsar Convention which was signed in 1971, decided to rename three wetlands of Shadegan, Khoor Moosa, and Khoor al-Omiyah as Shadegan Wetland.

The Shadegan wetland plays a vital role in providing livelihood to the locals; it also enjoys natural beauty and habitat diversity which have made it one of the most important natural resources of the region and the world, Iran Press reported.

The majority of the population in the wetland's surrounding cities and villages speak Arabic, and many of them are farmers, and the region is well-known for its palm trees and dates.

Besides, stockbreeding, fishing, bird-hunting, reed-cutting, and farming (agriculture) are the industries which employ most people in this locality, thanks to the intact and beautiful wetland.

The local food of the people in the area often contains fish and shrimp, such as fried fish, Ghalieh-Mahi, and Sobur fish. Ornamenting the banquets of the locals is date coated with fruit juice and sesame which is considered the best dessert for tourists visiting this beautiful wetland.

Sarakhieh village in Shadegan wetland is a tourist attraction site, where a group of villagers provide tourists with guidance and services; also boats with young sailors can always be hired in the  wetland -- providing an ideal way for tourists to get acquainted with the great natural beauty of this place.

Ecological diversity along with beautiful and pristine nature with many different types of birds and fish present, together with a mild climate, make this place eminently suitable to accommodate tourists, particularly in late spring and in the winter months. Shadegan wetland is an attractive place for both local and foreign tourists. 


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