The Convention’s CEPA Programme

Regional, National, sub-National and Site CEPA Action Plans/ Strategies

The first Ramsar CEPA Resolution (VII.9) gave a call for the development and implementation of action plans for wetland CEPA. The latest CEPA Resolution (X.8), adopted at COP10 in 2008,  reiterates this call for Parties to "formulate their Wetland CEPA Action Plans (at national, subnational, catchment, or local levels) for priority activities that address international, regional, national, and local needs, and to provide copies of these to the Ramsar Secretariat".

Sixteen Action Plans (two Regional, eight National, three sub-National and four Site) have so far been sent to the Secretariat and we are pleased to make them available to readers below.

While the CEPA Resolution calls for separate action plans, it also asks Parties to ensure that appropriate CEPA actions are included in site management plans. Efforts are being made to identify such plans. Two such plans are available below.

Regional Action Plan

MedWet, the first out-posted regional unit of the Ramsar Secretariat, published its MedWet Strategy for Communication, Education and Public Awareness (MedWet CEPA Strategy) 2003-2005, in June 2003. MedWet was set up as a regional initiative for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands and as a regional implementation mechanism of the Ramsar Convention in the Mediterranean, so the CEPA Strategy is based firmly upon Ramsar's CEPA Resolution VIII.31 and MedWet's work plan for 2003-2005. The Strategy sets clear actions, target groups and specific targets to be achieved within given time frames under five general objectives. You can view the Strategy on-line here.

Wetlands International’s West Africa Programme has produced the first wetland CEPA strategy at the supra-national (regional) level. Their Stratégie régionale en Éducation et Sensibilisation du public sur les zones humides” was published in March 2003 and effectively integrates the major elements of the Ramsar CEPA Resolution with the CEPA components of the Wetlands International Strategy, 2003-2005. Available for download (in French only at the moment) in PDF format here (527KB).

National Action Plans (in order of publication)

Australia officially launched its National Action Plan 2001 - 2005 on World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2001, and an updated version became available in 2002. You can download the latest version here as a PDF file. Read about the development of the Action Plan here.

germany.gif (1012 bytes)Germany published a 47-page German Action Plan for Communication, Education and Public Awareness on Wetlands under the Ramsar Convention, on 31 August, 2001.   The German Ramsar Administrative Authority has very kindly been made this available to the Convention in Adobe PDF format (486KB).

hungary-small.gif (1071 bytes)Hungary published its National Strategy for Communication, Education and Awareness in Support of Wetland Conservation in Hungary on 2nd May 2002. The Hungarian Ramsar Administrative Authority, the Authority for Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Environment, has made the strategy available as a Word document which you can download and the Bureau has reproduced it in  HTML. 

 Spain published its Guidance for CEPA plans (Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness) in Spanish Wetlands in September 2005. The Spanish Ramsar Administrative Authority, the Ministry of Environment, has kindly made the publication available to the Convention in PDF format in both English and Spanish (950KB)

 China published its National Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA Pland for Wetland Protection in China inDecember 2009. This was prepared with the support of the Ramsar Small Grants Fund. The Office of Wetlands Conservation and Management of the State Forestry Administration in China has kindly made the publication available in PDF in both  English and Chinese (400 and 700 KB) 

Mexico has published a Estrategia mexicana de Comunicación, Educación, Concienciación y Participación (Cecop) en humedales 2010-2015. The Strategy was developed and launched in 2010 by the Education and Training Centre for Sustainable Development of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (the Ramsar Administrative Authority in Mexico) with the participation of the coordinators from Mexico's nine CEPA Regional Centres. Available here (in Spanish only).

Norway published its National CEPA Action Plan in 2011 for the period 2011-2014. Produced by the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management, this is available in Norwegian with an English abstract. Available here for download in Norwegian, Russian and English.


France published its National CEPA Strategy in 2011  for the period 2012-2014 (Dispositif de communication, éducation, sensibilisation et participation (CESP) sur les zones humides 2012 – 2014). Available here in French and here  in English.

Sub-National Action Plans

australia.gif (2553 bytes)The first to produce its National Action Plan, Australia now takes the number one spot again having produced a Wetlands Communication Strategy for the 22,000 km2 Hunter region in the southeast of the country. This work was spearheaded by The Wetlands Centre Australia (Chair of the Centre is Chris Prietto, CEPA NGO Focal Point). The Plan is reproduced here in HTML.

australia.gif (2553 bytes)And another from Australia. Shorebird Education was an initiative identified in the Australian CEPA Action Plan (see top of this page) and The Wetlands Centre has taken this initiative one step further by developing a Shorebird Communication Strategy to deliver targeted education programs to site managers, educators and children along the East-Asian Australasian flyway. Reproduced here in HTML.

australia.gif (2553 bytes)A third plan from Australia is the New South Wales Ramsar Wetlands Communication Program (2005-2006) aimed at increasing awareness, appreciation and value for wetlands within the state across a range of land tenures and targetting key audiences using a range of tools such as website, media campaign, brochures, site tours, school presentations, presence at key events etc. Intended specifically to bring benefits to the private Ramsat sites in the state but also other Ramsar Sites and wetlands in general. Available for donwload as a PDF file here and with an update for year 2 of the programme here.

Site Action Plans

 Slovenia has developed a CEPA strategy for a network of Karst wetlands established in the karst area in the south west part of the country. The Strategy, published in 2006, will primarily focus on bringing together and strengthening cooperation between schools, local people, other stakeholders and management authorities of the protected areas. View as a PDF file here.

A CEPA Action Plan for for the Malagarasi-Muyovozi Wetland, Tanzania's first Ramsar Site, has been developed by the Tanzanian Ramsar Administrative Authority to complement a project on the sustainable and integrated management of the site. Published in 2004, this proposed strategy can be viewed as a PDF file here. Read here a status report on implementation of this plan, March 2007.

A three-year awareness-raising strategy developed by the Ramsar Administrative Authority for Tanzania to prepare local stakeholders for their future role in the management of the Lake Jipe Ramsar Site. Published in 2004, this can be viewed as a PDF file here.

A CEPA plan has been developed for the Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands Ramsar Site in the state of Sabah, east Malaysia. The plan was developed following a workshop in 2009 to develop a management plan for the site which  identified CEPA as one of four key issues. A follow-up  workshop in 2010 specifically on this issue resulted in a CEPA plan and this is presented as a maetrix in the attached PDF. This PDF also includes additional details on the background to the workshop and the format of  the workshop itself. Available here in PDF format.  

CEPA actions in site management plans

This integrated wetland management plan for Thailand's Nong Bong Kai Ramsar Site, prepared in 2004, was developed through a participatory process involving local stakeholders, local government, local communities, NGOs and the private sector. CEPA activities, including training, awareness-raising and active participation of local communities, are an integral part of the plan. Available as a PDF file here.

Management plan of Lao People's Democratic Republic's Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar Site, 2013-2017. Produced by the government of Laos with the support of IUCN. This initial 5-year management plan was developed through dialogue between community members and the Ramsar Provincial Committee and includes CEPA activities. Available as a PDF document here.

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