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Reykjavík Wetlands and Nesting Grounds Improved

The University of Iceland (HÍ), Reykjavík City Council and the Nordic House signed an agreement on Monday on jointly improving the nature reserve in Vatnsmýrin, which is the nesting ground for ducks and geese that reside at the Reykjavík Pond.

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The Reykjavík Pond. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

The goal is to secure a safe future nesting ground for the birds and create a sustainable ecosystem in Vatnsmýrin. The water flow through the moors will be improved, as will public access, ruv.is reports.

The idea is that people who go through Vatnsmýrin can learn about the importance of wetlands while observing the birdlife. The area is also ideal for research by HÍ students.

The storm that hit the capital the night before the project’s presentation blew over and damaged a gazebo where the presentation was originally supposed to take place, so it had to be moved to the Nordic House.

However, the incident didn’t change Mayor Jón Gnarr’s positive attitude towards the project, which he declared to be a small step for man but a big step for the birds on the pond.

Click here to read more about the situation of the Reykjavík Pond and here to read more about the storm.

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