Under the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands ‘wetlands’ are defined by Article 1.1: ‘For the purpose of this Convention wetlands are areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including
areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres’; and Article 2.1 provides that wetlands:
‘may incorporate riparian and coastal zones adjacent to the wetlands, and islands or bodies of marinewater deeper than six metres at low tide lying within the wetlands’ (Source: RAMSAR)

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