This photograph taken on May 29, 2017 shows birdwatchers paddling on a small craft at the Kol-e Hashmat Khan wetland in the outskirts of Kabul.
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A rare Afghan marsh that was once a royal hunting ground is set to come under the official protection of the U.N. environment agency, with the aim of saving hundreds of migratory bird species. On the long, arid journey to the Caucasus and Siberia, across the Hindu Kush massif, the Kol-e-Hashmat Khan wetlands outside Kabul provide sanctuary for the thousands of storks, egrets, pelicans and flamingos that head north every spring from southern India.Now the U.N. has designated the wetlands a conservation site, the Afghan government said Sunday, as it also looks to help preserve the water supply of the capital.War saw the marshes more or less abandoned until 2005, Scanlon explains.Together with Qargha reservoir, Kol-e-Hashmat Khan, a marsh some 8 meters deep at its center, is one of Kabul's two water sources.
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