The Ramsar Convention's Small Grants Fund 2010 Allocations Report
Ramsar Small Grants Fund for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use (SGF)
Income and Allocations Report for 2010
The Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands established the Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) in 1990 in order to provide assistance for wetland conservation and wise use in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The SGF Operational Guidelines put emphasis upon the implementation of the Ramsar Strategic Plan, and thus the objective(s) of project proposals should relate to the general and operational objectives of the Strategic Plan. In addition, under the Fund, emergency assistance can be provided to Ramsar Sites which have suffered damage or are in imminent danger of damage. Countries which have signaled their intention to join the Convention may apply for preparatory assistance to support activities necessary for the designation of the first site to be included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance.
2010 Income and Allocations
In the 2010 cycle of project proposals, a total of 40 proposals were favourably evaluated by the Ramsar Secretariat and presented to the Standing Committee in October 2010, along with the Secretariat’s recommendations regarding funding priorities.
Voluntary contributions to the Small Grants Fund in the 2010 cycle include general contributions to the Fund by the governments of Bangladesh and Norway. Project specific contribution has been made by the government of Japan. Total contributions received were CHF 122,473.
From the funds available, a total of three project proposals were approved for 2010 funding, totaling CHF 103,951.
2010 SGF projects funded by the Small Grants Fund
CAMBODIA - Strengthening and expanding the Ramsar Sites network
Due to limited human capacity and financial resources, Cambodia has not been able to effectively manage existing Ramsar Sites and designate more sites. The project aims at strengthening management initiatives in the existing sites and designating a new Ramsar Site. The main activities include conducting management capacity needs assessments and organising training courses for management teams in at least two existing Ramsar Sites, developing a monitoring protocol for at least one Ramsar Site, organising internal meetings within the Ministry of Environment, Cabinet of the Council of Ministers to secure the endorsement of the designation of Preak Toal as a Ramsar Site.
GUINEA BISSAU - Wise use of the Ramsar Site “Lagoa de Cufada”
Towards a better management through poverty reduction and awareness.
The Nature Park Lagoa de Cufada is the sole Ramsar Site in Guinea-Bissau. The human and technical resources to address increasing pressures on this vast site (fishing, poaching, deforestation, agriculture…) are scarce. This project aims at (1) developing a monitoring plan and training for the staff of the nature park, (2) defining sustainable fishing rules in collaboration with the fisherfolk, (3) reducing poverty by developing ecotourism and teaching birdwatching, and monitoring of fishermen and park guards, (4) raising awareness of communities living in the area through the training of school teachers and journalists.
NEPAL - Community-based wetland conservation in Mai Pokhari
The Mai Pokhari Ramsar Site, one of the prime religio-cultural sites of eastern Nepal, attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. Due to lack of knowledge and awareness about the value of wetlands, the absence of a management plan, and conflicts arising from multiple tenure systems, the site faces numerous threats such as the introduction of invasive species, encroachment into forest land, unplanned construction and settlement growth along the wetland trails. The project aims to maintain this natural wetland and its services using community-based wetland management, through strengthening the existing conservation units and building capacity of local communities in conservation. A management plan will be developed based on ecological surveys.