Regional initiatives in Asia

10/05/2012

Ramsar Regional Initiatives serviced by the Asia-Oceania coordinator at the Secretariat:

► The Partnership for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway
Ramsar Regional Centre – East Asia (RRC-EA)
Ramsar Regional Centre – Central and West Asia (RRC-CWA)

The Partnership for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway

Location: Incheon City, R.O. Korea

Why and what for?

The Partnership for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, launched in November 2006, is an informal and voluntary initiative, aimed at protecting migratory waterbirds, their habitats and the livelihoods of people who depend on them. There are currently 27 partners, comprising 14 countries, 3 intergovernmental agencies, 9 international non-government organizations, and 1 international business company. Since its establishment, the secretariat has held the Meetings of Partners six times, to almost once a year.

Main objectives:

  • Develop a Waterbird Site Networks (for Sites of International Importance to migratory waterbirds)
  • Create collaborative activities to increase knowledge of EAAFP and raise awareness of migratory waterbirds along the flyway
  • Build capacity for the sustainable management and conservation of migratory waterbird habitats along the flyway.


Members of the EAAFP visiting Tonle Sap, Cambodia (2010)


How is the initiative recognised?

The geographical routes that migratory waterbirds traverse on an annual basis are known as ‘flyways’. There are eight major flyways around the world. The East Asian-Australasian Flyway (the Flyway) stretches from the Russian Far East and Alaska, southwards through East Asia and South-east Asia, to Australia and New Zealand and encompasses 22 countries. The East Asian – Australasian Flyway (EAAF) is home to over 50 million migratory waterbirds from over 250 different populations, including 28 globally threatened species. During migration, waterbirds depend upon a chain of highly productive wetlands to rest and feed, building up sufficient energy to fuel the next phase of their journey. International cooperation across their migratory range is therefore essential to conserve and protect migratory waterbirds and the habitats on which they depend.

In November 2004, representatives from 21 Governments, Inter-Governmental organizations and non-government organizations met in the Republic of Korea to discuss future regional cooperation for conservation of migratory waterbirds. They agreed that this Partnership would enhance collaboration between Governments, Inter-governmental organizations and non-government organizations and contribute towards achieving the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals.

The Partnership builds on the achievements of the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee, the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy (APMWCS), and its Action Plans for Anatidae, Cranes and Shorebirds. The Strategy and Action Plans have enhanced and guided international cooperation and coordination and activities to conserve and protect internationally important habitat for migratory waterbirds since 1996.


Contact point

Ms. Yuna CHOI,
Communication Officer,
East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat
EAAF Partnership Secretariat
1905 Get Pearl Tower
7-50 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu
Incheon 406-840
The Republic of Korea

Email: communication[at]eaaflyway.net ; Tel: +82 32 260 3004 ; Office Fax: +82 32 260 3009

Weblink: www.eaaflyway.net/

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Ramsar Regional Centre – East Asia (RRC-EA)

Location: Changwon City, R.O. Korea

Why and what for?

The goal of the RRC-EA is to enhance the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the East, and South-east Asia region through training, research, advocacy and public awareness programmes. The objective is to work to support implementation activities of the Contracting Parties for effective management and conservation of wetlands. The objectives of the Centre are to:

  • Build human capacity and engage in outreach
  • Promote scientific and technical cooperation and exchange of knowledge, including traditional knowledge,
  • Promote wise use of wetlands through research and sustainable management
  • Encourage accession of non-Contracting Parties in the region.

 

Steering Committee of the RRC-EA at an exhibition of traditional Korean dance.

How is the initiative recognised?

The original proposal for the establishment of the RRC-EA was presented to the Ramsar Contracting Parties in Asian during the Regional Preparatory Meeting for COP10 held in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2008. At the meeting, the proposal was warmly received. Then at the 10th Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention, Resolution X.32 was adopted that welcomed the plan of Republic of Korea to establish the RRC-EA. Since then, a number of countries in East and South-east Asia who are Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention have explicitly expressed their will to support the work of the Centre. The RRC-EA is continuing to seek more participation of the Parties in the region. The RRC-EA was formally opened in June 2009.


Contact point

Mr. Suh Seung Oh,
RRC - East Asia,
#308, 5-1 Yongho Dong,
Changwon City,
Gyeongnam Province,
Republic of Korea 641-840

Email: suhseungoh[at]gmail.com ; Tel. +82-55-283-1080 ; Fax. +82-55-283-1085

Weblink: under construction

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Ramsar Regional Centre – Central and West Asia (RRC-CWA)

Location: Ramsar City, I.R. Iran

Why and what for?

The goal of the RRC-CWA is to enhance the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the region through training, research, advocacy and public awareness programmes. Working to support the implementation activities of contracting parties for the effective management and conservation of wetlands, the objectives of the Centre are to -

  • Build human capacity and engage in outreach
  • Promote scientific and technical cooperation and exchange of knowledge, including traditional knowledge,
  • Promote wise use of wetlands through research and sustainable management
  • Encourage accession of non-Contracting Parties in the region. 

 

Members of the Collaborative Management Board visiting a mangrove nursery in Muscat, Oman (2010)


How is the initiative recognised?

The 8th Conference of Parties to Ramsar Convention held in Valencia, Spain from 18 to 26 November 2002 agreed to create a Ramsar Regional Centre for Training and Research on Wetlands in Western and Central Asia in Ramsar city, in Islamic Republic of Iran, by adopting Resolution VIII.41.


Contact point

Mr. Sadegh Sadeghi Zadegan
Executive Director
Ramsar Regional Centre for Training and Research in Central and West Asia

Address: Secretariat of the Ramsar Regional Center - Central and West Asia, Department of Environment, Natural Environment Division, Pardisan Eco-Park, Hemmat Highway, P.O. Box 14155-7383, Tehran, I. R. Iran      

Email: sadegh64[at]hotmail.com; Tel/Fax: +98 21 88233014

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