Reports of World Wetlands Day activities around the world, 2012
World Wetlands Day is generously supported by the Evian Project funded by the Danone Group.
World Wetlands Day activities at the international level:
WWD 2012 and International Organization Partners:
BirdLife International. Events with BirdLife International Partners on World Wetlands Day 2012 included celebrations and educational events in several countries. See below, for details of events in the Bahamas, Botswana, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Nepal and Spain (SEO/BirdLife). For many other reports and more information, please see the BirdLife International website.
IUCN. Dr. Mark Smith, IUCN Global Water Programme Director shared the importance of wetlands in this article. IUCN Lao also shared a report, posted below.
Wetlands International. Netherlands. Wetlands International presented its plans for the coming years at a well-attended event in The Hague on 3 Feb. 2012. Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International showed the achievements on policy levels as well as in the field. The specific and very relevant role of Wetlands International as a broker of know how between science, field level practices and policies. She presented the organisation’s mission of sustaining wetlands; not for their own sake, but for their local role for people’s daily needs, for water regulation and for climate mitigation and resilience. The event was attended by Dutch politicians, partners, and donors; an illustration of the good network of the organisation in the host country, but also of the importance of the Dutch networks for WI’s global work. Read more here.
WWD 2012 and other Conventions:
CBD – Convention on Biodiversity sent a message from Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the CBD, on the occasion of the World Wetlands Day – 2 February 2012. Read the message in: English - Français - Español - Arabic
CMS – Convention on Migratory Species featured the WWD announcement on their website: here
WWD 2012 and International Programmes:
UNEP/AEWA (African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement). Florian Keil, Information Officer at the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat writes: "Dear Oana & All, We are featuring WWD 2012 on the top of the AEWA news page today including links to your excellent press release! Happy WWD 2012 & congratulations to the whole WWD team on a really interesting theme & campaign this year!" Read more here.
SPREP - Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP writes “Please find attached my speech to today’s World Wetlands Day event in Apia. This speech covers two areas: SPREP comments on World Wetland Day and the Ramsar Convention; and the launch of the 2012 SPREP Clean Pacific Campaign”. Read the speech here.
The Neotropical Mangrove Conservation Alliance is an initiative of BirdLife Partners and other organizations, reported, "[Here] is a brief description of the activities we implemented during World Wetlands Day 2012: co-wrote a feature article about the work of the BirdLife International Partnership in the Americas in the conservation of wetlands through sustainable tourism initiatives (to be published in March); promoted WWD and WWD activities by BirdLife Partners in the Mangrove Alliance Facebook Page; posted two news stories about WWD activities of BirdLife Partners in Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Panama in the BirdLife Community website; and shared news posts with members of the BirdsCaribbean Society for The Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds Discussion (SCSCB) E-Mail Discussion Group." See below for reports from Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Panama.
CIC - International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation. Mikko Rautiainen sent Ramsar the following link to their website: www.cic-wildlife.org/index.php
World Wetlands Day 2012 activities reported, by country:
Albania. Nexhmedin Ramadani, President of NGO "FINCH" wrote: "I want just to inform you about the celebration of World Wetlands Day in Prizren, Kosovo. NGO "FINCH" for protection of birds and nature organized a celebration of WWD in the city of Prizren, Kosovo. Here are the links where you can see the activities: ngofinch.eu/ Flickr photos are here. Facebook photos are available. Local TV station BESA news is available. There were also two other local TV stations: TV Prizreni and TV Balkan from the city of Prizren with coverage. The interview is in Albanian but I thought just to tell you about our activities." The video is posted here on YouTube.
Algeria. Omari Ghania a écrit, "J'ai l'honneur de vous transmettre le rapport d’activités de la journée mondiale des zones humides 2012 du réserve naturelle de lac de Réghaia (centre cynégétique de Réghaia Algérie)." Le rapport est ici, les photos, ici (ZIP).
Algeria 2. Hamida Salhi, point focal CEPA, au Bureau des Zones Humides, Direction Générale des Forêts, Algérie, a écrit, "J'ai l'honneur de vous transmettre le bilan de la journée mondiale des zones humides 2012 en Algérie." Le rapport est ici.
Algeria 3. Ms Ouassila Berrebib who works at El Kala National Park shared with us a Powerpoint presentation in French (download PDF here) presenting all the activities organised on site for the 2 February.
Argentina. En ocasión de celebrarse el próximo 2 de febrero el Día Mundial de los Humedales, la Asociación Patrimonio Natural propone actividades con el mensaje del Día Mundial de los Humedales de 2012: "Turismo de humedales: una gran experiencia. El turismo responsable apoya a los humedales y las personas". Más aquí.
Argentina 2. Irene Serra escribe: “Desde el 1 al 5 de Febrero de 2012 se realizará el 2° Encuentro de Arte y Naturaleza en el Islote Municipal Curupí de la Ciudad de Paraná. Tomando como eje conceptual el Día de los Humedales, que se conmemora el 2 de Febrero de cada año, se propone realizar una intervención estética que señale la importancia de los mismos, en relación a la calidad del aire, el agua y la fijación de los suelos. Desde el siguiente link se puede acceder a los links de prensa donde fue promocionado el Encuentro de Arte y Naturaleza en el Islote Curupí de la ciudad de Paraná, Entre Ríos, Argentina. Link y en nuestro blog, los detalles de cada día con la obras realizadas en relación a la preservación de los Humedales.
Argentina 3. Lic. Victoria Massola, Coordinadora del Programa de Ed. Ambiental, Reserva Natural Provincial Bahía Blanca, OPDS escribe, "Estimada Valeri: Adjunto una reseña en fotografías y notas que publicó la prensa local con motivo de haber llevado adelante la 4ª Fiesta de los Humedales en Villa del Mar, Buenos Aires , Argentina. Este año le incorporamos la elección de la Reina del Humedal Villa del Mar, se presentaron 11 postulantes de BAhía Blanca, Punta Alta y en su mayoría de la apacible villa costera. Además se le agregó un día más de fiesta. Hemos tenido una concurrencia estimada en unas 1200 personas. Las actividades como podrá leer han sido variadas, pensadas para todas las edades. Poco a poco vamos incorporando en la sociedad el valor de estos. Envío también este link para que puedan apreciar la difusión que nos brindaron en la región." Leer más aquí.
Argentina 4. TELLUS-Asociación Conservacionista del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina escribe, "Hola Valerie y todos, Desde la ONG TELLUS-Asociación Conservacionista del Sur- enviamos un resumen de las actividades que realizamos en Bahía Blanca y Gral. Daniel Cerri (Argentina) para festejar el Día Mundial de los Humedales. Para nosotros los festejos de este año 2012 fueron muy importantes porque nuestro humedal se encuentra amenazado por un proyecto de extensión del dragado e instalación de un nuevo polo industrial que de realizarse traerá consecuencias irreversibles. Una de ellas es la reducción de la calidad paisajística y ambiental del área, que afectará la posibilidad de desarrollar actividades ecoturísticas, el lema de este año. Las actividades fueron las siguientes: 2 de febrero en Bahía Blanca: Marcha No al dragado, en oposición al proyecto que pretende destruir nuestro humedal. Asistieron aproximadamente 1500 personas. 4 de febrero en el Muelle de Puerto Cuatreros (Gral. Daniel Cerri): Barrileteada, Declaración del Área Protegida Humedal Cuatreros, Cena a la canasta y proyección de videos. 5 de febrero en el Muelle de Puerto Cuatreros y alrededores (Gral. Daniel Cerri): Recorrida en lancha y caminata de interpretación natural. 26 de febrero en el Muelle de Puerto Cuatreros, Remada en el estuario de Bahía Blanca. Enviamos algunas fotos en una presentación de power point. Les mandamos un abrazo y agradecemos el compromiso de todos en la conservación de los humedales." Link: www.tellus.org.ar/ Leer más aquí. Also, TELLUS-Asociación Conservacionista del Sur have produced this poster.
Argentina 5. Ana María Cainelli, Técnica en Comunicación y Turismo, Reconquista Santa Fe, República Argentina escribe, "Les envío parte del material que se ha registrado en los medios locales, regionales y provinciales de comunicación con motivo del Día Mundial de los Humedales, como así también las actividades que se realizarán durante esta semana por este motivo. Se adjunta además fotografías del Sitio Ramsar Jauukanigás..." Leer más aquí. "Publicación en el Diario Digital Reconquista Hoy Sitio Ramsar Jaaukanigás" y fotos, aquí.
Argentina 6. Ana Julia Gómez de la Reserva Natural Otamendi escribí: “Nos dirigimos a Uds. luego de intentar compilar las acciones realizadas en el 2011 y en el primer periodo del 2012, como aportes a las Campañas por el día de los humedales, utilizando como soporte el valioso material que envían regularmente.” Informe aquí.
Argentina 7. Jorge Cappato, Director General, Fundación PROTEGER - miembro de UICN escribe, "Amigos de la WWN, dear friends, Compartimos con ustedes algunas noticias sobre el DMH/ World Wetlands Day, aquí en el noroeste de la Argentina, corredor de humedales del río Paraná --Sitio Ramsar Jaaukanigás." Links here and here.
Australia. Jill Pearson of Natural Resource Management South in Hobart, Tasmania reports “A lunch time talk was organized by NRM South to celebrate saltmarsh wetlands in Southern Tasmania and further their management and ‘wise-use’. The talk was presented by Vishnu Prahalad (Saltmarsh Officer, NRM South) who gave an overview of saltmarsh values in southern Tasmania and outlined key aspects of a new project ‘Southern Tasmanian coastal saltmarsh futures: a preliminary strategic assessment’. The talk provided an opportunity to learn more about the project methodology and outputs, and consider some of the opportunities that may arise from the project in the future.”
Australia 2. John Caven, Conservation Officer/Secretary, of Field and Game Australia, Metropolitan Branch, sent in a detailed report of World Wetlands Day activities in Tanunda Park. The subject of the activity was, "Maintenance of Nest Boxes, Tanunda Wetlands in the City of Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia" and is posted here.
Australia 3. Lara Johnson, Wetlands Policy and Legislation, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, wrote this email to Ramsar, "Good Morning Sandra, I hope preparations for WWD 2012 are going well in Switzerland. For World Wetlands Day (WWD) 2012 the Australian Government has produced the brochure and poster Australia’s amazing wetlands. The brochure, which folds out into a poster and is targeted at the general public, is currently available online. Hard copies are being mailed out to wetland education centres, environment centres, visitors centres and other interested parties. Additionally the brochure/poster is being added to the hard copy schools kits, Discovering wetlands in Australia, which we are again promoting this year. Furthermore, for WWD we will be producing the 20th issue of the annual publication, Wetlands Australia, which will be available in late January 2012. Wetlands Australia 2012 will have the theme Wetlands and Tourism and contain articles from across the country on tourism in Ramsar wetlands, visitor engagement and much more. This year the publication is also moving to an online format that is more easily accessible and will be accompanied by an e-newsletter which you can sign up for here. We are also again hosting an online calendar of events for community groups across the nation to advertise their WWD event. A link to the calendar is on our WWD webpage here. In addition to this, this year, for the first time, the Australian Government will use social media to promote World Wetlands Day through the Department of Sustainability, Water, Population and Communities Twitter account, Flickr account and a YouTube video which is currently in production. I hope that WWD 2012 goes well for you in Switzerland and we’ll be in touch again if there are any additional plans for WWD 2012 Australia." The YouTube video is posted here.
Australia 4. Sandra Stewart, Editor, of The DEN Magazine, shared WWD in the Rivcoll Distance Education newsletter. It is a monthly publication specifically for Distance Students. Rivcoll SRC is the voice of the students at Charles Sturt University, Australia. On pages 8 and 9 of this issue is information about WWD 2012.
Australia 5. Denise Fowler, Communications and Consultation, The Living Murray, Murray–Darling Basin Authority, wrote to Ramsar, "Please find attached a short report about World Wetlands Day activities in the Koondrook–Perricoota Forest in New South Wales, Australia." The report is titled, "World Wetlands Day in the Koondrook–Perricoota Forest, New South Wales, Australia". The Living Murray’s World Wetlands Day activities focused on the Koondrook–Perricoota Forest, which is part of the Gunbower–Koondrook–Perricoota Forest, which is the second largest river red gum forest in Australia. It is also one of The Living Murray’s icon sites and a Ramsar Site. The Living Murray is funding the construction of major water management structures at the site which will help deliver environmental water to the river red gum forests. Read more here.
Australia 6. Louise Duff and Cassie Price of WetlandCare Australia sent in a detailed report of activities. WetlandCare Australia held 13 events at various locations from Townsville in northern Queensland through to Sydney, NSW to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2012. Three feature events are described in the report, posted here.
Austria. Ute Nüsken, Verein AURING und önj NÖ: "Einen schönen guten Morgen aus den March-Thaya-Auen! Anlässlich des World Wetlands Day haben wir einen kleinen Artikel in die Regionalzeitung bringen können, leider ohne Foto. Am 2.2.12 war es jedoch wunderschön draußen, z.B. im trilateralen RAMSAR-Schutzgebiet March-Thaya-Auen, beiliegendes Foto stammt vom Grenzübergang Austria-Slowakia. Mit den besten Wünschen für ein sonniges Wochenende!" Ute Nüsken of the Verein AURING und önj NÖ, Austria wrote: "A very good morning to you from March-Thaya-Auen! We managed to get a small article about World Wetlands Day published in the local regional newspaper, unfortunately without a photo. However on 2.2.12 it was wonderful outdoors, and especially in the trilateral Ramsar Site of March-Thaya-Auen. The attached photos are from the border of Austria and Slovakia." Photos are here and here and here.
Bahamas. Gail Woon of EARTHCARE wrote “The BahamasWeekly.com did a nice version of the press release. Click on the EARTHCARE and the Sustainable EcoTourism Committee celebrate World Wetlands Day to see the entire article with pics”. Link here.
Bahamas 2. "This year’s World Wetlands Day (WWD) theme is “Wetlands and Tourism” and BirdLife Partners in the Caribbean are ready to be part of the experience. The Bahamas National Trust (BirdLife in the Bahamas) is showcasing the Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park (HWNP) to tourists in celebration of these very important ecosystems. The tourists from a cruise ship in port will be taken to this Important Bird Area (IBA) for a guided tour by Bahamas National Trust (BNT) staff and then visit the Ardastra Gardens and Zoo for the Flamingo show." More information. The report from The Neotropical Mangrove Conservation Alliance is shared here (includes information on the Dominican Republic also.)
Bangladesh. Zaved, of the NGO Initiative for Right View (IRV) in Khulna, Bangladesh shared this detailed report with photos.
Bhutan. Choden Sonam, of the Watershed Management Division within the Department of Forests and Park Services of the Ministry of Agriculture wrote “I am sending an article and some pictures on the world wetlands day celebration in Bhutan for the Ramsar website.” Article is posted here.
Botswana. "This year, BirdLife Botswana (BLB) celebrated World Wetlands Day with 23 primary school children and teachers from Diphetogo Primary School and Mogoditshane Primary School in Gaborone Game Reserve. BLB took this opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of school children about wetlands and water birds, through bird watching." More information.
Bulgaria. Aylin Hasan, National Ramsar Focal Point, Natura 2000 Department, National Nature Protection Service Directorate, Ministry of Environment and Water Bulgaria, sent in a brief report on the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2012 in Bulgaria. Report is posted here.
Burundi. Evariste Rufugata, Conseiller au Cabinet du MEEATU, Pointe Focal Ramsar/GEST-Burundi a écrit , "Le Burundi a célébré comme les autres Etats Partis à la Convention Ramsar, la Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides (JMZH) le 2 février 2012. Les Cérémonies ont eu lieu dans un site Ramsar pour le Burundi :"Site du Parc National de la Rusizi". Ces cérémonies étaient rehaussé par Son Excellence Monsieur le Ministre de l'Eau, de l'Environnement, de l'Aménagement du Territoire et de l'Urbanisme. Trouvez en attaché le rapport de la journée commémorative, un CD Room a été également produit en collaboration avec une ONG local dénommée: "ABO". Ce CD Room pourra également si les moyens le permettent vous être envoyé." Ici.
Cambodia.Bou Vorsak, Cambodia Programme Manager of BirdLife International in Indochina wrote: “Dear Sandra, Thanks for sharing press release, in Cambodia we will organize world wetland day from 10-12 February 2012. I am pleased to share the draft agenda, poster, t-shirts, and banner designed for this World Wetland Day in Cambodia. We will share report to you as soon as possible.” Illustrated programme here. The poster and t-shirt are shared here.
Cameroon. Fongoh Eric, Executive Director, International Centre for Environmental Education and Community Development (ICENECDEV) sent in this report with pictures of the World Wetlands Day celebration 2012. More on ICENECDEV on their website here.
Canada. Randy Milton, Ramsar’s STRP Regional Member for North America, wrote “Have a great World Wetlands Day. I will be taking-in the WWD celebrations at the wetlands center associated with Ground Hog Day celebrations with Shubenacadie Sam at the Provincial Wildlife Park." See the Province Announces Citizen Science Initiative on World Wetlands Day information here.
Canada 2. Nature Conservancy Canada in Toronto, Ontario advertised World Wetlands Day with “five fun and easy ways to celebrate.” Read more here.
Canada 3. The Codroy Valley Area Development Association produced this poster for WWD 2012.
Chile. Hernán Torres, Environmental Advisor for Southern Cone Journeys, a responsible tourism operator (www.southernconejourneys.com) writes “ I am still actively promoting the Ramsar Convention's best practices for the conservation of wetlands. This time from a responsible tourism "trench". Read more here.
Chile 2. Maria Jesus Aguirre Estay, Coordinadora Centro Andrónico Luksic Abaroa, Minera Los Pelambres escribe "Junto con saludarlos, les envío la nota que se realizó para el Día Mundial de Los Humedales en Laguna Conchalí, Los Vilos, Chile el día 2 de febrero del presente año." Más aquí.
China. Fang Yang, the CEPA Government Focal Point for China, sends this brief illustrated report on China’s World Wetlands Day activities. China has again produced the Ramsar WWD poster in Chinese for broad dissemination through the country as well as a postcard. Read more here and see the Convention's adaptations page on China's adaptations.
China 2. Cui Lijuan of the Wetland Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Wetland Research Centre, State Forestry Administration, Ramsar’s Administrative Authority in China, sent this report.
China3, Hong Kong. Josephine Cheng, Wetland Park Manager/ Education and Community Service at Hong Kong Wetland Park sent this illustrated report of their diverse activities organized at the wetland centre for WWD2012. See also the Convention's adaptations page for their WWD2012 poster adaptation.
Colombia. Fundación FUNECOROBLES está escribiendo con éste reportaje.
Colombia 2. Felipe Velasco de la Fundación MONTECITO wrote, “Hi Valerie! Our WWD activity was successful!, we had around 70 people involved in the Triathlon, and nearly 90 more as companions, that is 160 people joined the day... in just a week of publicity, and most of them were new faces, so we consider all this a great success. All of them signed a letter of support to ask our government officials and to administrative authorities in Colombia before Ramsar, to designate without delay our Lake Tota as a Ramsar site." Link to news. Report is here. Fundación Montecito produced this poster.
Columbia 3. Dia Mundial de los Humedales La Cocha, Nariño, Colombia. Nohora Maribel Jojoa, Asociación Protectora de los Humedales, escribe, "Cordial saludo, Agradeciendo de antemano su interéz por conocer los procesos desarrollados en la Laguna de la Cocha, envío un pequeño informe con las actividades realizadas en la celebración del DMH, realizado el pasado 5 de Febrero. Estaré atenta su comunicación o publicaciones a realizar. Esperamos tenerlos de visita a este lugar natural lleno de encantos". Leer más aquí.
Congo Brazzaville. Antoine Berry pour l'équipe de Rénatura Congo: "Veuillez trouver ci-joint le rapport d'activités des actions engagées par l'association Rénatura Congo dans le cadre de la Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides 2012.Nous nous tenons à votre disposition pour toute demande d'informations complémentaires." Cliquez ici.
Cuba. Frank A. Ocaña Borrego, Investigador agregado al Centro de Investigaciones y Servicios Ambientales y Tecnológicos Estimados escribe “colegas de Ramsar: En adjunto encontrarán nuestro reporte de actividades por el Día Mundial de los Humedales”. Leer más aquí
Dominican Republic. Angela Hernández, Encargada Departamento de Educación Ambiental del Acuario Nacional escribe: “Estimados Señores: Les enviamos las actividades realizadas con motivo del Día Mundial de Los Humedales en El Acuario Nacional de República Dominicana.” Aquí cartel y informe.
Dominican Republic 2. Grupo Jarauga and the Neotropical Mangrove Conservation Alliance. "Grupo Jaragua (BirdLife in Dominican Republic) has also organized fun filled-activities to celebrate WWD, in this case mainly directed at youth (ages 12-18) from the local communities of Oviedo and El Cajuil. The youth will have the opportunity to visit laguna de Oviedo in Jaragua National Park IBA, learn about mangroves and about the importance of brackish wetland ecosystems for people and biodiversity." More information. The report from The Neotropical Mangrove Conservation Alliance is shared here (includes information on the Bahamas also.)
Ecuador. Jose Delgado M, President of “Friends of the Santay Island”, an association of Ecuadorians based in Geneva, is organizing a special visit to the wetland of Santay Island the Saturday 4th February. This visit is to support local tourism activities. Santay Island was declared as Ramsar site in 2000 and is an example of Sustainable Tourism. The association has adapted the WWD material to their Ramsar site – see poster – and cartoons: here , here, and here. You may also view these customizations here.
Estonia. Anneli Roosalu, Environmental Board Estonia, Pärnu-Viljandi Region, sent this detailed report with photos.
Finland. See entry for CIC - International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation at the top.
France. Région Alsace, Christian Blum, Direction de l'Environnement et de l'Aménagement écrit : Je vous prie de bien vouloir trouver, ci-joint, le programme définitif pour la demi-journée du 2 février consacrée à la Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides / Ramsar à laquelle vous avez accepté de contribuer. / Ich bitte Sie hier beigefügt das endgültige Programm des Welttag der Feuchtgebiete an dem Sie Vortragen werden und ich danke Ihnen dafür. Programme.
France 2. Thibaut Glasser, Chef de centre du Domaine de Lindre a écrit : "Je vous prie de bien vouloir trouver ci-joint le descriptif de l'action du Département de la Moselle / Domaine de Lindre pour la Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides 2012." Ici.
France3. Nelly Verdier, Présidente de Vivre Bien en Aunis, nous a écrit : « ci-joint article de presse sur l'animation Ramsar du 2 février 2012 organisée par Vivre Bien en Aunis à La Jarrie. Article.
France 4. Thanh-Chi Nguyen, Cellule d’Assistance Technique à la gestion des Zones Humides, ADASEA du Gers a écrit, "A l'occasion de la journée mondiale des zones humides, la Cellule d'Assistance Technique aux Zones Humides du Gers a proposé un après-midi d'échange sur le thème du tourisme durable dans les zones humides. La Cellule d'Assistance Technique s'est associée avec les collectivités et les acteurs locaux du tourisme pour informer les gestionnaires de zones humides et les professionnels sur les opportunités de valorisation touristique et sur les conditions d'un tourisme respectueux de l'environnement. Nous vous envoyons la plaquette qui a été diffusée ainsi que notre compte-rendu de la manifestation." Ici, et l'invitation, ici.
France 5. En France, l'Aquitaine qui est une des régions célébrant le plus activement la Journée mondiale des zones humides, a organisé, entre le 28 janvier et le 5 février, pas moins de 81 activités différentes (expositions, séminaires, excursions, voyages de découverte, conférences, projections de film, etc. à voir ici). Le fait est d'autant plus remarquable que cette région n'avait encore aucun Site Ramsar inscrit sur la Liste. Cependant, la JMZ 2012 a permis de mettre fin à cette situation avec l'inscription de deux nouveaux Sites Ramsar : le marais d'Orx, au Pays basque, et le secteur du delta de la Leyre dans le Bassin d'Arcachon, sur l'Atlantique, près de Bordeaux. Article.
France 6. Fabien Blanchet, Forum des Marais Atlantiques, a écrit, "Nous avons le plaisir de vous adresser notre lettre électronique « Esc@le » - Janvier 2012." Plus, « Esc@le » - Février 2012. Plus d'information, cliquez ici.
France 7. Les Pôles relais zones humides se mobilisent comme chaque année pour cette manifestation mondiale. Ils se proposent de coordonner l’ensemble des animations réalisées sur le territoire français. Toujours plus de sorties nature, d’ateliers, d’expositions, de projections, de diaporamas, de conférences/débats, de chantiers et d’activités culturelles (contes…) organisés sur le territoire, voila notre défi pour l’édition 2012. La créativité sera au rendez-vous. Visitez notre site web ici pour voir l’introduction à la JMZH 2012 en France et depuis-là rendez-vous à l’espace visiteurs pour regarder les activités organisées à travers le pays.
France 8. LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux), Marc Baldeck, Responsable partenariat, LPO Pôle Communication et Partenariat, Paris a écrit, «...La liste des évènements prévus à ce jour : les animations pour la JMZH (en bleu, les animations « grandes victoires LPO »); la liste des évènements 100 Naturalistes , 100 longues vues; une présentation du Festival de l’Oiseau BirdFair...» Plus d'information: cliquez ici, et ici.
JMZH LPO France: jmzh.lpo.fr/participant.php
France 9.LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux) and Evian France, in collaboration with Ramsar, have produced this booklet for World Wetlands Day: www.ipsofacto.fr/evian/
France 10. R. Paulat a écrit, "Bonjour, Vous trouverez ci-joint le compte-rendu de la réunion qui a eut lieu à Perrex le 02 Février dernier, dans le cadre de la Journée Mondiale. Le site défendu (la vallée de la Basse-Veyle) à été au coeur de l'exposé de notre orateur." L’Association ‘Protégeons notre patrimoine naturel, le bocage, ‘Les Grands Prés à Perrex’ recevait, pour une information publique, en ce 02 Février 2012, Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides de la Convention de Ramsar, Monsieur Marc Chatelain, chargé de mission ‘Biodiversité’ à la D.R.E.A.L - Rhône-Alpes. Cliquez ici.
France 11. Amélie Bertolini, Coordinatrice de la Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides en Aquitaine 2012 nous a envoyé les documents édités par le CEN Aquitaine dans le cadre de la Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides en Aquitaine. Cliquez ici pour l'affiche et ici est la plaquette.
France 12. Virginie Mauclert, Coordinatrice du Pôle-relais lagunes méditerranéennes, nous informe que le Pôle-relais lagunes méditerranéennes a publié le mois dernier son bilan des JMZH 2012 en Méditerranée française (régions Languedoc-Roussillon, PACA et Corse). Vous le trouverez en cliquant sur ce lien : http://www.pole-lagunes.org/actualites/infos-des-lagunes/etudes-et-projets/bilan-des-journees-mondiales-des-zones-humides-2012. "Je vous rappelle également le lien vers notre page Internet concernant la rubrique des JMZH : http://www.pole-lagunes.org/en-action/education-lenvironnement/journees-mondiales-des-zones-humides. Vous y trouverez l’ensemble de nos bilans JMZH depuis 2005 et les brèves relatives à nos actions."
Georgia. Izolda Matchutadze of the Department of Tourism and Resorts of Ajara, Society for Conservation of Wild Nature "Tchaobi" reports “We had prepared following WWD week programme - see attached file please. Because of very bad weather snow and frost, it was not possible to visit Ramsar site.” Read more here.
Germany. Katharina Grund, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Public Relations for EuroNatur, Radolfzell, Germany shared this report: "Guten Morgen Herr Dr. Salathé, Anbei schicke ich Ihnen eine Pressemitteilung (deutsch und englisch), die wir heute anlässlich des World Wetlands Day am 2.2. herausgegeben haben. Über eine Veröffentlichung auf der Ramsar-Webseite würden wir uns freuen. Hier die entsprechenden Links zur EuroNatur-Webseite: Deutsch Englisch Noch eine Anmerkung zum beigefügten Foto: Ich habe es Kati Wenzel auch zur Bebilderung der Meldung bez. der aktuellen Entwicklungen im Naturpark Hutovo Blato geschickt (ergänzend zu einem Foto von der Vertragsunterzeichnung). Falls Sie also noch eine Alternative brauchen, sagen Sie gerne Bescheid." EuroNatur Webseite. Pressemitteilung (deutsch und englisch).
Ghana. Charles Amankwah is the National Focal Point and CEPA Government focal point for Ghana and working at the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission. Activities marking 2012 WWD in Ghana were preceded with a press statement by the Executive Director of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission and Head of the Ramsar Administrative Authority, Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah. Read about activities in Ghana on WWD, activities marking the 40th Anniversary of Ramsar and learn about a new handbook titled, "The Ramsar Convention at 40: achievements, challenges and the implications for wetlands conservation in Ghana." Report is posted here.
Greece. Marinos Angelidis, of EVROS DELTA Management Agency, wrote to Ramsar, "I'm sending you the poster for the WWD 2012 in Greek, by the Evros Delta Management Agency, and some photos from the event and an article about it, in order to share it with you." Photos are here, here, and here. Poster, in Greek, is found at this link. A link for the announcement in agency's site is here. To view the poster, you may also click here.
Greece 1. Dionysios Mamasis, Environmentalist-Cartographer M.Sc., sent this report: "The environmental events on World Wetlands Day 2012, taken part in the 2nd primary school of Agrinion, and the primary school of Lousika, were successfully completed. In Agrinion, Aitoloakarnania, the subject of the event was "Trichonis, a living lake". Trichonis is the largest lake of Greece and is characterized as an area with valuable environmental heritage. It was made an extensive reference to the values and functions of the ecosystem, its rich biodiversity and the problems which are continuously recorded in the area, inspiring positive attitudes towards the natural environment. In Lousika, Achaia, the students were informed about the wetlands respectively, emphasizing to the coastal forest ecosystem of stone pines (Pinus pinea), located in western Achaia. The event was titled ‘Ecosystems of International Importance: the wetland forest of Strofylia’." The report, with photos, is posted here.
Hungary. András Schmidt, National Focal Point for the Ramsar Convention in Hungary wrote “Please, find attached a short report on World Wetlands Day 2012 organised jointly by the Kiskunsági National Park Directorate and the Ministry of Rural Development. I have also attached a few photos for illustration.” Report is here.
India. Kedar Gore, Director of The Corbett Foundation wrote “The Corbett Foundation has offices in Corbett, Bandhavgarh and Kanha tiger reserves and Rann of Kutch. All our divisions have celebrated the World Wetlands Day this year. I request my colleagues to send you the pdfs of our WWD report for uploading on Ramsar website. As a result of Kedar’s message, Zaara Kidwai, Program Officer (Awareness) at TCF Uttarakhand sent this illustrated report.
India 2. Sharad Kumar of the Bandhavgarh division of The Corbett Foundation sent Ramsar an illustrated report of their work of educating local high school children in the value of wetland conservation. Read more here.
India 3. Rashmi Gangwar wrote: “Greetings from the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) India. Sharing a report on WWD 2012 activities organised by us in the Indian Himalayan states with different partners.” Illustrated report is here.
India 4. Bijaya Kumar Kabi, Director of Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA) wrote: “Dear Sandra Hails, Please find enclosed the report on our observation of World Wetlands Day 2012.” Read more here.
India 5. On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, WWF-India organised a full-day event at Asan Barrage, Dehradun, in collaboration with Chakrata Forest Division, Uttarakhand Forest Department, keeping in mind this year’s theme of ‘Responsible tourism supports wetlands and people’. The Green Hiker Team sent us this link with more information about the event.
India 6. Sanskruti Marathe, Sr. Programme Officer (Wildlife & Awareness), The Corbett Foundation Kanha wrote “Please find attached the World Wetlands Day Programme Report by TCF Kanha. Thank you for your support.” Report here.
India 7. Bharathi Dasan, Secretary of ARULAGAM, wrote “We celebrated Arul memorial birth anniversary and World Wetlands Day by releasing Save Vulture pocket calendar”. See report here. Also, see the popular article in the children's magazine '"Thulir", in script, here.
India 8. Sidharth Kaul, Adviser at the Ministry of Environment & Forests wrote: “I am pleased to inform you that the National level Celebration for the World Wetland Day (WWD) 2012 was held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. This was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Kerala in which other dignitaries from State as well central govt. participated. Please find enclosed a brief report containing photographs for the national level WWD celebration for 2012.” Read more here.
India 9. Ashish Mathew George, Programme Officer at ATREE CERC (Community Environmental Resource Center) wrote: “Greetings from ATREE! We celebrated the World Wetlands Day on February 2nd, 2012. Wetlands Day celebration was celebrated in a unique way in Vembanad Lake (Ramsar Site) which included the fishermen, clam collectors and farmers who are the main stakeholders of the lake.” Report is posted here.
India 10. Arijit Banerjee, Chief Technical Officer, East Kolkata Wetlands Management Authority wrote: "I am forwarding you the report on the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2012 (along with some pictures) by the East Kolkata Wetlands Management Authority. Please find the attached. The Report gives the details of the activities undertaken by the Authority on that day. I am pleased to share the celebration details with everybody working at Ramsar and also with other enthusiasts from the rest of the world." Report here.
India 11. Greenman Vijaypal Baghel wrote to Ramsar about Paryawaran Sachetak Samiti, a volunteer organisation conducting various activities at the grassroots level to conserve wetlands since 1997. The president of this organisation, Mr Vijaypal Baghel, has dedicated fully the protection of Ramsar Site No.1574, Upper Ganges River (Brijghat to Narora stretch) of India. World Wetlands Day-2012 was celebrated as a Natural Festival. Please watch the linked slideshow for more details. The YouTube link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNtNURQQEt4
India 12. Dr. G. Shankar, Sr. GM [Business Development], Cheminova India Limited reported in detail: "This year we are back again with interesting stories on how Cheminova India has celebrated World Wetlands Day 2012. More information and lots of images are being uploaded to our website here. In line with the theme WETLAND TOURISM, we have focused on educating young people on the importance of wetlands. We did concurrent programmes in 3 states viz., Mumbai, Kolkata and Gujarat, on the 2nd February 2012. The Cheminova team at the Head Quarter, Mumbai had organized an excursion of students and professors of the Garware institute of Agribusiness Management, Mumbai University (Vidyanagari Campus- Kalina) to the wetland mangroves of the Godrej creek side at Vikroli, Mumbai. They had visited Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre to see the magnificent mangroves maintained by the Centre and to understand more about mangroves. The following were the activities done on that day: a visit to the mangroves aquarium, understanding the flora and fauna, critical aspects of conservation of mangroves, and Life in Mangroves—through audio video and poster exhibitions at the Marine Ecology Centre. The Kolkata team had organized a program of cleaning of ponds in Cheminova’s Model Village, Pabdara. On the occasion students of Bhagwati Smriti Vidyamandir along with Cheminova’s employees took a procession on the main streets of the village to emphasis the importance of the day. The villagers participated in the programme with enthusiasm and helped Cheminova in cleaning the water sources of the village. In the State of Gujarat, at Bileshwar Mahadev Temple in Vadiyaveer village in Sabarkantha district a program was organized by Cheminova for raising the awareness on WWD and conserving the environment. The local government officials, department of forestry, school children and villagers have participated in the program."
India 13. From Chennai, Tamilnadu, we received the report, “CLEAN SWEEP – an awareness event on Pallikaranai Marsh”. To celebrate “World Wetlands Day”, CLEAN SWEEP – an awareness event on Pallikaranai Marsh” was organized under “Pallikaranai Marsh: Restoration and Garbage to Gold”, National Action Project 2012 - British Council, India at Shri A. Ganesan Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Velachery, Chennai. The Pallikaranai marsh is a part estuarine and part fresh water swamp adjacent to the Bay of Bengal situated about 20 km south of Chennai city with a geographical area of 80 km². The swamp helps in charge the aquifers of the region and is one of the last few remaining natural wetland ecosystems in the city of Chennai. Read the full report here.
India 14. Avnindra Vyas, of Jhlrapatan, Rajasthan, representing the NGO Sanskar Vidhya Mandir Sansthan, let us know that, "We have celebrated WORLD WETLANDS DAY according to your orgnisation's guidelines on 2 Feb. 2012 in our school. We have invited the chairman of our town as the chief guest & other dignities of our city as a guest . On this occassion we have organised a poster competition, quiz competition, & debate on the topic of WETLANDS. Our Chief guest Dr. Rajesh Sharma (Chairman Nagarpalika Jhalrapatan) presented & devoted the poster on WETLANDS TOURISM. The news related to our programme is published in States & local Newspapers with photos."
India 15. Renjan Mathew Varghese, State Director, WWF - India, Kerala State Office send this report: "Greetings from WWF. Please find the report of commemoration of WWD 2012 in Kerala organised by WWF-India Kerala State Office in association with others." Report is posted here.
India 16. Saleem Ul-Haq of the Department of Wildlife Protection of Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir sent in this brief report to share another activity from India. Report is posted here.
India 17. Amrita Chatterjee of South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE) sent us this report on World Wetlands Day activities in "the fast vanishing East Kolkata Wetlands, only Ramsar Site of West Bengal, India. Important synergies between the environmental, economic, social factors have always been missing and World Wetlands Day is a unique opportunity to bring the synergies into the conservation aspects and work with a community based integrated approach." Read the full report here (PDF). See here an adaptation of the banner.
India 18. Dr. A.K. Pattnaik, Chief Executive of the Chilika Development Authority, reports that " The Chilika Development Authority in the state of Orissa, India, has been observing WWD in and around Chilika Lake since 1997 with the active participation of local communities, NGOs, CBOs, school children, local intellectuals, eminent dignitaries, religious leaders, political leaders, foreign delegates etc. since from 1997.Here is our report from WWWD 2012, with a special focus on celebrating the 1st meeting of the convention on wetlands on 2nd February 1971 in t h e Iranian city of Ramsar". Full report here.
India 19. Dr Abhilash R, Assistant Professor at Christian College, University of Kerala sent in this brief illustrated report of their wetland conservation workshop. Read the report here.
Indonesia. Paul Brotherton forwarded a report from Indonesia, via CEPA NGO focal point for Indonesia, Nyoman Suryadiputra, Program Officer, Wetlands International-Indonesia Program who says, "WIIP (Wetlands International-Indonesia Program) had just organized WWD (World Wetlands Day) last week on 11th Feb in Reroreja village, attended by PfR local partners including BPPBD Sikka, PMI etc. Attached is the report (sorry still in Bahasa). The major activities were mangrove planting and awareness campaigns on the roles of mangrove on DRR, CCA, EMR etc (directly in the field and talk show in the local radio). Best wishes, Nyoman Ps. WWD is annually celebrated by WIIP in various places in Indonesia, with local partners. In 2012, we provided support to Kuala Network in Aceh also Nature Lovers in Central Java." Report, in Bahasa, is here and poster is here.
Iraq. Jassim Al-Asadi, Ramsar’s nominated CEPA NGO focal point wrote: “the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources / Center for Restoration of the Iraqi Marshlands (CRIM) set up a celebration on the occasion of World Day of wetlands in Baghdad, the second morning of February 2012 under the slogan "Tourism in wetlands .... a great experience," attended by representatives of ministries and representatives of Nature Iraq org. and a large audience of attendees.” Illustrated report here.
Iraq2. Hani Fakhri Naji, Director General of the Center for Restoration of Iraqi Marshlands, has sent a report on behalf of the Centre on their day of activities on February 2nd. The report is illustrated and shows the many adaptations of WWD materials prepared by the Centre; the latter are also displayed on the adaptations page.
Japan. Makiko Yanagiya, Ramsar Convention CEPA Government Focal Point in the Nature Conservation Bureau of the Ministry of Environment wrote: “Just for your information, we translated the WWD poster and pamphlet into Japanese and delivered to relevant sectors. Especially this time, as the theme is sustainable tourism in wetlands, we delivered them to the Tourism Agency and the eco-tourism section of Ministry of the Environment as well as to each Ramsar site in Japan.” See leaflet here. The Japan Ministry of Environment poster is shared here.
Japan 2. The team at Wetlands International Japan has shared a detailed report of 12 related WWD 2012 activites, including photos and thorough descriptions of the events from around the country. Ramsar-related municipalities and organizations including members of the Domestic Ramsar Committee for Relevant Municipalities submitted these reports, which were collected by Wetlands International Japan through a questionnaire sent in March 2012. Read the report here.
Jordan. Mohamed Eltayeb, of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, shared with Ramsar these two invitations for WWD activities. In cooperation with the Arab Bank, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature hosted a quiz night on 4 February at the Wild Jordan Center, and a festival on 18 February at the Azraq Wetland Reserve. See the invitation in Arabic here, and in English here.
Kenya. Abraham Wangila, Projects Officer at Eco-Ethics International, an environmental NGO working within coastal Kenya wrote: “Attached is our WWD summary report and photos. We look forward to working with you in conserving our wetlands and promoting wise use of these vital resources.” Report is posted here. More information is posted here.
Kenya 2. Hassan Mwadima, Chairman, Kwale Wildlife Clubs Patron Action Groups wrote to tell us that, "...our World Wetlands Day Celebration which we could not mark on 2nd Feb 2012 because most of our participants are school children, that was a week day, so we celebrated on 4th Feb 2012, Saturday, and everybody was available to celebrate the same. We planted trees on a water spring and then went for excursion in a nearby Kaya (Traditional Forest), after we had some speeches on the importance of wetland areas around our county, then we awarded the best environmental practising school and pupil (students)."
Kenya 3. Paul Brotherton of Wetlands International forwarded this newsletter from the East African Wildlife Society in Kenya, a partner of Wetlands International. The newsletter covers the WWD activities as follows: "A school in Western Kenya hosted celebrations marking World Wetlands Day (WWD) on February 4, hoping that the government will seize the opportunity to conserve the nation’s wetlands and use them to develop tourism. It was a hope shared by many across Kenya as WWD was marked by speeches, bands and speakers at Ombaka Primary School in Kisumu County. The event began with youths leading a procession marching to the melodies of a band with banners reflecting this year’s theme for WWD-“Wetlands and Tourism”. Newsletter is posted here.
Kenya 4. BirdLife reports that, "Nature Kenya (BirdLife partner) joined in the celebrations that were held at Ombaka Primary School, Kisumu County. The activities were aimed at the protection and opening up of the Singida Wetland in Nyando to the Western tourism circuit, unlike in the previous years where the concentration had been heavily twisted to the coastal region. This was in line with this year’s theme “Wetlands and Tourism”. Ugenya Singida provides many benefits (essential goods and services) to the communities living around and within the wetland ecosystem. The site has a lot of ecotourism potential including boat racing, rafting, sport hunting and sport fishing among others. The successful celebrations were made possible through the National Steering Committee (NSC) that was being co-ordinated by the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR). During the celebrations, speeches were offered by the area Provincial Commissioner, Provincial environmental Officer, The NEMA acting Director among other invited guests. About 1500 school going children with a similar number of adults were reached on that day." Read full report here.
Lao (People's Democratic Republic). Latsamay Sylavong, Country Representative of IUCN Lao PDR wrote: “Please kindly find the attached file of the press release that we will send to the Vientiane Times Newspaper, and also will loading in our website. We also will prepare the detail report of these events in different locations/wetlands and share with you shortly. In addition, we invited the provincial/district media to prepare the short dvd for us and for their record. We will share with you once they have done this together with the press release from local and central levels on this important event. Press release is here.
Lao, PDR. Khonesavanh Louangraj, of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), Department of Environment (DoE), wrote to say, "This information was sent to two Lao Ramsar Sites at Xechamphone Ramsar Site and BungKiatngong Ramsar Site. This year 2012, we celebrate WWD 2012 at two Ramsar Sites under the Vice-governor of Savannakhet Province and Champasak Province," and has sent the Ramsar Secretariat this report and poster.
Latvia. Rita Jakovleva,Public Relation Manager at the Latvian Nature Conservation Agency sent this report of their activities – read more here.
Malaysia. Ms. Yun Yun Wong, Project Manager, "Nature Classroom - Forest, Water and Us", Water Watch Penang (WWP) sends these greetings and report: Greetings from Malaysia! This year, for the first time, Water Watch Penang (WWP) celebrated WWD by organising an educational trip to a mangrove area for school participants. I herewith have attached the report to share the information with all colleagues of Ramsar family. Read the report.
Mauritius. Two reports were shared from the Environmental Protection & Conservation Organisation (EPCO), an NGO in Mauritius, and true to its tradition has celebrated the World Wetlands Day on the 2nd of February 2012. Beach monitoring at the northern part of Mauritius is reported here, and World Wetlands Day 2012 is reported here.
Mexico. Guillermina Pech Pech, Presidenta de la Red de Educadores Ambientales en Cancún Q. Roo escribe “El objetivo principal, era realizar una limpieza en diversos sitios de la Isla Mujeres… realizamos la actividad, anexo encontrará el documento con la información y algunas fotografías” Leer más.
Mexico 2. Con el fin de celebrar el Día Mundial de los Humedales, el 2 de Febrero, la Secretaria de Medio Ambiente-Semarnat y la Comisión Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegida-CONANP y el Estado de Campeche en México, organizaron la celebración en las instalaciones del Jardín Botánico de la Universidad Autónoma del Carmen en Ciudad del Carmen. En el evento participaron cerca de 400 personas de los niveles federal, estatal y municipal, academia y organizaciones no gubernamentales. El evento fue presidido por el Sr. Fernando Eutimio Ortega Bernés Gobernador del Estado de Campeche, el Rector de la Universidad del Carmen Sr. Sergio Augusto López, el Secretario de Medio Ambiente, Juan Rafael Elvira, Autoridad Ramsar en México, el Comisionado Nacional y Punto Focal Ramsar, Luis Fueyo MacDonald así como por Autoridades Municipales en cabeza de la Sra. Aracely Escalante Jasso, Presidenta Municipal de Ciudad del Carmen. Leer más aquí. PDF Folleto, aquí.
Mexico 3. César Iván Manríquez Castro, Coordinador Educativo, Pro Esteros, Associación Civile wrote, "Hello: I'm sending you some pictures and data about our cellebration of WWD 2012. I'm Education Coordinator at Pro Esteros (a non-profit organization from Ensenada, Baja California, México). We are dedicated to the conservation of coastal wetlands in Baja California peninsula. Thank you very much." Report is posted here. Pro Esteros produced this poster for WWD 2012. More on their website.
Mexico 4. Hita Tovar del Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Océanos A.C. escribe: Muchas gracias por responder y saber que tendremos materiales originales de Ramsar para compartir con la comunidad, yo trabajo con más de 240 familias de ejidatarios en el sitio Ramsar humedales de Bahía Adair y con 220 familias en el sitio Ramsar de humedales de Bahía San Jorge, ambos sitios fueron integrados a esta convención en 2009 y 2010 respectivamente. Estamos comenzando una revolución donde luchamos por el desarrollo sustentable de los humedales!!! Informe con fotos: aquí, y más fotos aquí.
Morocco. Benata Mohamed a écrit: "J'ai l'honneur de vous informer qu'un article a été publié ce jour mardi 21/03/2012 par le Quotidien "Aujourd’hui le Maroc" au sujet de la Journée d'étude organisée pour célébrer la JMZH. Par ailleurs un article a été publié par le Si Web d'Oujda24 dont le Lien suivant. Cliquez ici.
Morocco 2. Benata Mohamed a écrit: L’Espace de Solidarité et de Coopération de l’Oriental (ESCO) "A l’occasion de la célébration de la Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides au titre de l’année 2012, l’Espace de Solidarité et de Coopération de l’Oriental (ESCO) a organisé plusieurs manifestations et participé à de nombreuses activités pour marquer son engagement dans la protection et la préservation des zones humides à l’échelle internationale, nationale et régionale. La célébration de cette journée a revêtu un caractère particulier cette année puisqu’elle a coïncidé avec la célébration du quarantième anniversaire de convention Ramsar sur les zones humides." Cliquez ici.
Morocco 3. Lahcen Chillasse, Coordonnateur de la célébration de la JMZH, Unité de Recherche sur les zones Humides, Département de Biologie, Université Moulay Ismail a écrit, "Veuillez trouver ci-attaché le Communiqué de presse en français et arabe, l'affiche adaptée, quelques photos et le programme de la Journée Mondiale des zones Humides qui a été célébrée à l'Université Moulay Ismail Faculté des sciences Meknès (voir communiqué de presse ci-dessous et attaché)." Communiqué de presse: Français, Arabe. L'affiche est ici, et le programme est ici. Houssine Houssi a écrit: "Bonjour! Je me permets de envoyer ce lien...Cette activité ne figure pas pourtant la liste du site Ramsar sur des celebrations des journée zones humides." La Faculté des Sciences relevant de l’Université Moulay Ismail a organisé le 9 mars 2012 une journée de sensibilisation et de réflexion sur un tourisme responsable dans les zones humides. Cette manifestation s’inscrit dans le cadre de la célébration de la Journée Mondiale des zones humides sous le thème « Le Tourisme dans les zones humides une expérience unique ».
Myanmar. An exhibition of nature photographs organised by the Myanmar Bird and Nature Society was held at Royal Rose Hall in Bahan township to mark World Wetlands Day and to point out the importance of preserving wetland areas. The exhibition, entitled “Living Together with Wetlands” featured 140 images of wetland areas throughout the country by 21 photographers. The opening of the exhibition on January 27 was attended by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who said in a speech that the natural beauty of Myanmar could rival that of any country in the world, but she feared that its splendour might someday disappear if steps were not taken to protect it. She also praised the ability of the photographers who took part in the exhibition. Read more. See the customized leaflet here. Additional photos here.
Myanmar 2. The 2012 World Wetlands Day celebrations in Myanmar were memorable as it was the first time that the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) had jointly organized the event with an NGO, the ‘Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association’ (BANCA). See report here.
Myanmar 3. News from the Myanmar Times has reported on the Gulf of Martaban the following: "Representatives from an organisation that oversees implementation of an international treaty on wetland sites have agreed to consider adding the Gulf of Martaban to its List of Wetlands of International Importance. The issue was discussed at a workshop in Nay Pyi Taw on February 2 mark the 41st anniversary of World Wetlands Day that was attended by representatives from the government, non-government organisations and the Ramsar Secretariat." More information is posted here.
Nepal. "Bird Conservation Nepal (BirdLife Partner) at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (KTWR)—a Ramsar site and Important Bird Area in Nepal—is demonstrating the importance of a range of ecosystem services provided by the site, such as providing food, fibre, groundwater recharge and spiritual experience. As part of the study, nature-based tourism was valued at $121,000 for 2010–11. This benefit is received mainly by the local lodges and their employees, though significant revenue is received directly by the reserve from entrance fees. KTWR is one of the best sites in Nepal to see birds, with a total of 493 species having been recorded to date, including globally threatened Swamp Francolin and Greater Adjutant, several threatened vulture species, large congregations of migratory waders and the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican. The reserve is under constant pressure from the local population who rely directly on the resources it (and the surrounding buffer zone) provides. This has resulted in a degradation of habitats, especially grasslands which are important to several key bird species. Bird Conservation Nepal is looking at how to alleviate this pressure through a combination of alternative livelihood activities and the expansion of sustainable tourism." More here.
Nepal 2. Prativa Kaspal, Conservation Officer, Himalaya Nature, shared this information with Ramsar: "Dear Sandra, Namaste & warm greetings !! On behalf of Himalayan Nature's team, I would like to thank you again for the the wetland posters that were mailed to us. It's our pleasure to mention that as in the previous year, we have celebrated WWD 2012 by organising different activities. Our regular programs were conducted at Lumbini and Chitwan and the programmes in Koshi and Kathamndu were in collaboration with Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Ramsar Authority for Nepal including other national conservation organisations. We have prepared a report based on our activities." Please find the report here and brochure here. Their website has more information.
Netherlands. See entry at top of page for Wetlands International.
New Zealand. STRP Regional Member for Oceania, Philippe Gerbeaux writes “To add to the e-mail traffic related to this event let me also wish you all a very happy day on this occasion. I celebrated a little in advance over the past few days through my involvement with the Environment Court appeal on the Manawatu-Wanganui region One (regional) Plan discussions. In preparation for the hearing (to be held at the end of March) I went on a “ticki” tour of the region’s wetlands...” Read more here.
Niger. Cdt. Ali Laouel Abagana des Eaux et Forêts, Msc en Gestion des Aires Protégées, Directeur Adjoint de la Faune, de la Chasse et des Aires Protégées, Ministère de l'Hydraulique et de l'Environnement a écrit "C’est dans l’esprit d’assurer une large information sur les multiples avantages et les initiatives porteuses en matière de gestion durable que la convention Ramsar a initié les journées mondiales sur les Zones Humides. La thématique de l’édition 2012 est « Zone humide et tourisme, Une expérience Unique avec comme Slogan le tourisme responsable tout bénéfique pour les zones humides et les populations ». Afin de commémorer ce grand événement, l’Etat du Niger a choisi le parc du w, (classé premier site Ramsar en 1987)." Cliquez ici.
Norway. Jan-Petter Huberth Hansen, Ramsar National Focal Point at the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management, and Chair of NorBalWet writes: “This is just to inform you that Norway yesterday – on the World Wetlands Day - launched a “Water and wetlands initiative”. See more here.
Pakistan. Amar Guriro, Environmental Journalist at Pakistan Today sent this link to the Ramsar Forum:
Panama. The Neotropical Mangrove Conservation Alliance (BirdLife partner) shared this report of WWD activities in Panama.
Panama 2. Eunith Gonzalez escribe: La celebración delDía Mundial de los Humedales 2012, fue organizada por el Grupo para la Investigación Tecnoecológica y la Conservación (G.I.TE.C.),en conjunto con la Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM), Regional de Veraguas. Leer más aquí.
Peru. Atilio Buendia, Presidente Milset Amlat ha escribido: “Estimados Amigos, Envio saludos y a la vez coordinar la VISITA DE ESTUDIO AL HUMEDAL DE PUERTO VIEJO. Como veran iniciamos la visita en la puerta de la UNFV hora 8:30 am, partimos para estar a las 9:30 am para la ceremonia por el Dia Mundial de los Humedales y a la vez sembrar plantones, luego se hara la visita al Humedal un refrigerio y retorno a Lima.” Reportaje aquí. Leer más.
Peru 2. Antonio Tovar Narvaez, Professor at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru, escribe, "El 2 de febrero es el Día Mundial de los Humedales. El verdadero viaje de descubrimiento no consiste en buscar nuevos paisajes, sino nuevos ojos. (Marcel Proust)." Leer más aquí.
Philippines. Dr Eduardo M. Bisquera, Jr, Assistant City Environment & Natural Resources Officer at the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) wrote: "World Wetlands Day 2012 celebration held in Zamboanga City, Philippines at the co-managed mangrove forest situated at the coastal zone traversing Mampang and Talon-Talon wetlands; reforested and maintained by the City Government of Zamboanga. On this day, a total of 1,500 mangrove propagules were planted in coordination with the local community; a continuing activity shall be on clean-up and an information drive about proper solid waste disposal for its reduction as it poses threat to the wetland ecosystems. Attached are pictures of the event." More here.
Philippines 2. Amy Lecciones, CEPA NGO Focal Point for the Philippines, of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. wrote “Attached is our poster for the Wetlands Caravan in Laguna, an event we hold in celebration of the World Wetlands Day 2012. It's a more-than-a-month long celebration; hence, we will be submitting our activity report after the culmination of the event on 14 March 2012.” Poster is presented here and shared on the adaptation page here. The World Wetlands Day 2012 Report of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc is posted here.
Philippines 3. Aldrin B. Barruga II sent in a report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Masbate City. The report states that the following activities were completed: "300 propagules of mangroves were planted along Batuhan River, Masbate City by the PENRO/Batuan E/S Teaching Force/ Barangay Officials and the pupils, a brief symposium for the pupils was organised, where it was shared about Pawikan Conservation. The symposium was conducted by Ms. Juliet A. Tamayo and Philippine Wildlife in relation to wetlands tourism by Forester I Aldrin B. Barruga, II. A movie presentation entitled “Tales of Disaster for Children” was facilitated by the lecturers, and “Panunumpa sa Inang Kalikasan” (Oath for Mother Earth) was recited by the participants during the symposium led by Scout Jennifer Ann Teodoro of Masbate National Comprehensive High School (MNCHS)." More information in the report posted here.
Romania. Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority sent us their report of activities organized for the celebration of World Wetlands Day. Here is more information.
Romania 2. Teacher Pavel Vasilica, one of Ramsar’s faithful World Wetlands Day actors, sent the following about his activity to teach his classes about Tourism in Wetlands - report is posted here.
Russia. Editor in Chief Nikolai Dubrovin of the Internet journal "Small Rivers of Russia" shared with Ramsar that his journal is preparing another issue devoted to the World Wetlands Day. See more here, in Russian.
Serbia. Natasa Panic, national CEPA focal point, Head of Group for Education and Publishing at the Institute for Nature Conservation wrote: “Here is a report on how the WWD celebration in Serbia went. It is our small contribution to this global action. Best regards from frozen Serbia.” Read more here.
Seychelles. Pugazhendhi Murugaiyan, Ramsar’s National focal point at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Environment, Transport and Energy sent this adaptation of the WWD poster.
Slovenia. The Slovenian Ministry of Environment customized the WWD materials, and produced 3 cartoons, an invitation and a leaflet, see here.
Slovenia 2. Stanislava Dešnik, Visoki naravovarstveni svetnik, Javni Zavod Krajinski Park Goričko shared this invitation for a WWD event that occurred on 29 January 2012: "WWD 2012 World Wetlands Day, "Wetland Tourism: A great experience", An International Committee Action for Protection of Mura River". The event took place at the Radenci, Health Resort. Stanislava wrote, "2012 is the UN International Year of Cooperatives. Along the Mura River there are still wetland forests which aren't on the map of Ramsar protected sites of International Importance. For this purpose Tabrih NGO is organizing walks at Mura River since 2000. This year we will visit Mura at the Health Resort Radenci. Join us at walk along the Mura River and get to know about the special benefits of the largest wetland forests along the Mura River in the middle Europe. With the walk we are sending clear message saying Mura River should remain free of dams for power stations as a part of a future International UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube." A short report of the event is shared here. See the invitation here. More on Park Goricko here. Information on the European Greenbelt here.
Slovenia 3. Marjetka Šemrl, of the NGO LUTRA, Institute for Conservation of Natural Heritage, "prepared a workshop in order to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2012. We prepared a little task for the nine children of Trnovo primary school from Ljubljana. They had to build their own wetland model. Models served us to learn about the important role of the wetlands, their functions and main threats." Brief report is posted here, with photos.
South Africa. iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority writes iSimangaliso Celebrates World Wetlands Day – Alien Busting! Read more here.
South Africa 2. Pat Titmuss, Regional Manager at the Environmental & Heritage Management of Districts B & C of the City of Cape Town sent us this report of the activities organized in conjunction with the Friends of Rietvlei (www.friendsofrietveli.co.za). More information here.
South Africa 3. Khuthala Swanepoel of the Department of Environmental Affairs & Developmental Planning of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape sent the Ramsar Secretariat a report of their activities – report is here.
South Africa 4. Didi de Abreu, Senior Environmental Officer at De Beers Kimberley Mines wrote “Good day to you. Attached find article and competition information on World Wetlands day that was celebrated at Kimberley Mines. T-shirts were printed with the World Wetlands Logo and were distributed as prizes. The first prize winner won a weekend away at the De Beers Farm – Rooifontein for her family.” Pictures and organization of the competition here.
South Africa 5. A detailed report with many photos from The Gumboot, News from Working for Wetlands is posted here.
South Africa 6. From the Official Website of the City of Johannesburg, this article on the "Benefits of Wetlands Promoted" by Rudo Mungoshi, states, "The long-term benefits of wetlands to humanity were highlighted at the celebration of World Wetlands Day at Dorothy Nyembe Environmental Education Centre in Dobsonville, Soweto. World Wetlands Day is all about taking care of our environment. The activities, held on 23 February, were organised by the City in partnership with the Gauteng department of agriculture and rural development and were aimed at sharing information about the role of wetlands. They have many benefits, such as helping to filter water." Read more here.
South Africa 7. Also from the Official Website of the City of Johannesburg, this article on how the City of Johannesburg celebrated WWD, written by Rudo Mungoshi, states, "With their natural beauty and biodiversity, wetlands make ideal locations for tourism. The income derived from this industry can be significant and can support livelihoods locally and nationally. “It is important to conserve and manage our wetlands as they are vital in the reduction of the severity of droughts and floods,” said the City spokesperson, Nkosinathi Nkabinde." Read more here.
South Africa 8. Another article from the Official Website of the City of Johannesburg, "Wetlands are zoo’s focus" written by Limakatso Khalianyane, explains, "Several activities are planned at the zoo. An event to raise awareness of amphibian conservation will top the agenda, according to Candice Segal, the zoo’s marketing assistant. “A number of activities will be taking place, including an educational event called Wonderful Wetlands Days, a frog conservation walk, an evening amphibian talk and Leaping Ahead of Extinction Day,” she says." Read more here.
South Africa 9. Another article from the Official Website of the City of Johannesburg, "Kids learn about wetlands" written by Kgopi Mabotja reports on the engagement of children in wetlands awareness. "In February, the environmental world turns its attention to wetlands, vital components of a healthy environment. Johannesburg marks World Wetlands Day throughout the month...Schoolchildren leaned over the water, nets in hand, trying to catch small frogs and crabs in the stream running through Thokoza Park. They were in the Soweto park, Regina Mundi Park, to learn more about the importance of wetlands on an educational day out organised by City Parks to coincide with World Wetlands Day. [Johannesburg] City Parks, with the Rand Water Foundation, organised the special day on Wednesday, 23 February. They took learners from four primary schools to three different parks for three very different events." Read more here.
South Africa 10. "Wetlands Crucial for Tourism" is an article posted by Kruger National Park. It begins, "Water and environmental affairs deputy minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi celebrated the importance of wetlands conservation and linking wetlands to tourism at the Makuleke Wetlands in Limpopo. She commemorated the 15th anniversary of World Wetlands Day on February 2 at the Makuleke Wetlands site, which was declared a Ramsar Site - a wetland of international importance - in 2007. It was the first Ramsar Site owned and co-managed by a community - not only in South Africa, but worldwide." Read the article here. Kruger National Park information is on their website.
Spain. Carlos Villanueva Fdez-Bavo escribe: “Os adjunto las bases del concurso de Fotografía organizado por la Agencia de Desarrollo local del Ayuntamiento de Villarrubia de los Ojos con motivo del Dia Mundial de los Humedales, con una actualización de las bases del mismo. Ya que a los premios se ha añadido un paseo en barco por el Parque Nacional de las Tablas y un lote de libros sobre el Parque Nacional. Ver folleto.
Spain 2. Anabel Lillo García del Equipo de Promoción, Investigación y Trabajos Técnicos del Parque Natural de Las Lagunas de La Mata y Torrevieja escribe “Con motivo del Día Mundial de los Humedales 2012, desde el Parque Natural de Las Lagunas de la Mata-Torrevieja, el pasado domingo 5 de febrero, realizamos una serie de actividades para celebrar este día. El lema elegido este año por la Convención Ramsar, nos ha ofrecido la oportunidad de dar a conocer uno de los mayores atractivos turísticos del Parque, Los Viñedos de La Mata.” Más aquí.
Spain 3. Antonio Paredes, Naturmanxa, shared this report with photos.
Spain 4. Asociación de Educación Ambiental Orixol Nibe, Vitoria-Gasteiz escribe "Recibimos a tiempo y bien los materiales del día de los humedales que nos enviaste. Gracias. El día 2 de febrero sufrimos una fuerta nevada y no hicimos ninguna actividad. Afortunadamente ya con anterioridad, en las actividades organizadas por municipio y que esta asocoiación dirige, introdujimos este tema en las actividades con alumnos; se repartieron las pegatinas, pegaron los carteles, y se hizo ´moviebook de la rana. Por falta de tiempo tampoco hemos traducido al idioma vasco los carteles, pero algún año lo haremos.Tan sólo os podemos envíarunas pocas fotos. Gracias por todo." Leer más.
Spain 5. Rafael Vega Pozuelo, La Consejería de Medio Ambiente, escribe, "Medio Ambiente celebra el Día Mundial de los Humedales en la Laguna de Tíscar, España con actividades para los escolares" y "La Consejería de Medio Ambiente ha celebrado hoy el Día Mundial de los Humedales con una visita de escolares a la Laguna de Tíscar, en el término municipal de Puente Genil. Casi 80 escolares de 3º de la ESO del centro educativo Andrés Bojollo de esta localidad han participado en varias activida-des junto a técnicos de la Consejería para conocer de cerca esta reserva natural del sur de la provincia de Córdoba que forma parte de las Reservas y Parajes Naturales Zonas Húmedas del Sur de Córdoba." Leer más aquí.
Spain 6. SEO/BirdLife. A report of two activities in Spain, "Sociedad Española de Ornitología – SEO/BirdLife–WWD 2012 activities: focusing on tourism and wetlands in the Ebro Delta and in Salburúa (Vitoria)" by Kati Wenzel, Ramsar Regional Assistant for Europe, is available. She writes, "On the occasion of World Wetlands Day 2012 SEO/Birdlife (Sociedad Española de Ornitología) organised more than 50 events across Spain focusing on this year’s theme « Tourism and Wetlands ». For two of these events, taking place in the Ramsar Sites « Ebro Delta » and « Salburúa » (Vitoria), SEO/BirdLife invited the Ramsar Secretariat to present the topic of tourism in wetlands from an international perspective." The report, with photos, is posted here.
Spain 7. The Centro de la Biodiversidad Euskadi en Busturia (Bizkaia) produced this poster, in the Basque language.
Spain 8. Enrique Sampedro Miranda, Blog Ría de Ribadeo, produced this poster, in Galician.
Spain 9. El equipo Técnico Parque Natural El Fondo escribe: "Adjuntamos un informe de las actividades realizadas en el Parque Natural El Hondo con motivo de la celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales." Leer más aquí.
Sri Lanka. The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Department (DWLC) organized an Island –wide Quiz Competition Programme on wetland conservation among school children. The objective of this programme was to develop attitudes, enhance knowledge on wetlands, as well as to make them aware of the threats to wetlands and their conservation and management. Read their illustrated report here.
Switzerland. Nyon - le 4 février 2012, l’association Léman Nature propose, en collaboration avec le Musée du Léman, de découvrir les oiseaux hivernants par des observations, des animations et des jeux. http://www.nyon.ch/fr/actualite/journee-mondiale-des-zones-humides-animations-a-nyon-681-29394
Switzerland 2. Genève - Un article écrit par un fidèle supporter de Ramsar, Denis Landenbergue - ici
Switzerland 3. Un rallye des zones humides pour les scolaires dans un Site Ramsar en plein centre de Genève. L’organisation de l’évènement a été menée par le Département de l’Intérieur et de la Mobilité du Canton de Genève (Jean-Marc Mitterer) et le Muséum d’histoire naturelle (Laurent Vallotton) en étroite collaboration avec le DIP (Claire Didelot) et le Secrétariat Ramsar (Alexia Dufour). Le Secrétariat Ramsar était représenté par Charlotte Eywong, Virginie Pirens, Montse Riera et Alexia Dufour. Rapport et photos.
Switzerland 4. To celebrate World Wetlands Day, the US Mission to the United Nations co-hosted an event with the Botswana Mission to the UN on 2 February in Geneva, Switzerland. US Ambassador Betty King welcomed the participants by saying that “World Wetlands Day gives... a unique opportunity to highlight and celebrate our diverse wetlands around the globe”. Read more here.
Thailand. Rojchai Satrawaha, Associate Professor, Director of WRBRI, Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham Province Thailand sends us this news: "The Walai Rukhavej Botanical Research Institute, Mahasarakham University had provided activities to celebrate the WWD on 2nd February 2012 at Bann Koeng wetland research station in Maha Sarakham province Thailand. The short report is appended. Thank you so much for your cooperation." Read the report here.
Tunisia. Phil Dickie, Head of News, WWF, sent in this media release marking World Wetlands Day, February 2, 2012. WWF has been instrumental in the designation of 15 new Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance in Tunisia, nearly doubling the national tally of sites, many of which are of key importance to birds migrating between Africa and Europe. From the release, "A remote seasonal salt lake on the edge of the Sahara leads a list of 15 new Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance being declared in the country on World Wetlands Day, February 2. Chott Elguetar, a 7,400 ha site with an intermittent lake, is vital to the survival of the threatened Scimitar Oryx, Addax and Dama Gazelle. It also contains traces of human religious and industrial activity that have been dated back 40,000 years. WWF has welcomed the announcement, noting that Tunisia’s designation of 15 new Ramsar Sites nearly doubles the country’s total, to 35." Read the full release here.
Ukraine. The National Ecological Centre of Ukraine produced this poster.
Ukraine 1. Gennadii Marushevskyi, NGO Focal Point on CEPA Programme, Ukraine writes to us to share: "Please find attached poster for WWD 2012, which was prepared in Ukrainian basing on the poster of Ramsar Secretariat. Also please find a banner prepared specially for WWD. Sentences in waves include information about wetlands values and functions. We celebrated the WWD 2012 in the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine in Kyiv. The international conference “Wetlands and tourism” was conducted. The photos exhibition “Magic Moments of Wetlands" was demonstrated. If you need more detailed information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Best wishes." The poster is shared here. The banner is here.
United Arab Emirates, Dubai. Mohammed AbdulRahman Hassan Abdulla, Marine Environment & Wildlife Section, Environment Department, Dubai Municipality, Dubai, UAE, sent this detailed report on WWD activities conducted in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Wetland Tourism in Dubai is shared: The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a landmark in the Emirate of Dubai. Since its establishment in 1985 and its declaration as a Protected Area in 1998, the sanctuary has become a testament of the emirate’s strong commitment to the conservation of its natural resources." Also, the report relates information about the WWD wetland seminar at the Falcon Heritage Center, Dubai's wetland tourism, a painting competition, and there is information about a visit to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Report is here and for more information, see www.wildlife.ae
United Kingdom. Via the BYM News online magazine (for boating and marine activities) - Conservation partners in the Broads will be celebrating World Wetlands Day on February 2nd by launching the first ever Broads Biodiversity Forum at the Abbey Road Conference Centre, Norwich. Read more at this link.
United Kingdom 2. The Guardian online newspaper pictured setting winter sun catching the grass on Shapwick Heath wetland reserve, near Glastonbury. Every year, World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2 February, marking the adoption 41 years ago of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Read the article here.
United Kingdom 3. Leon Hayward, Development Officer - Community and Wildlife at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust wrote, "Please find attached pdf of our locally adapted flipbook, was sent out to all contacts with full description of WWD and its supporters." Flipbook is here and is also posted on the adaptation page here.
United Kingdom 4. Ruth Wilson, Biodiversity Officer at Antrim Borough Council in Northern Ireland wrote: “Please find attached an event we will hold for WWD 2012. “ Poster is here.
United Kingdom 5. Student Paige Havlin, of the Antrim Grammar Biology Department writes, "I attended the Ram's Island WWD clean up and did a write up for my school newsletter. I thought you might be interested in it and I also have some pictures from the event that I took." Her report is posted here.
United Kingdom 6. Michael C. Acreman, of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) - a public-sector research centre - and is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) shared with the Ramsar Forum the following news item: "Projecting the impacts of climate change on wetlands - a web based tool for England and Wales." He said, "A new web-based tool has been created to help wetland managers project the impacts of climate change in the next 50 years. The tool is formally launched today on World Wetlands Day. The tool is currently for England and Wales, but we plan to extend it coverage to other countries and regions in the near future and the concept will be of interest world-wide." Read more about the tool here.
USA – Hawaii. Linda Hohnholz, Editor of eTurboNews wrote "your press release, “The Ramsar Convention and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) join forces to celebrate World Wetlands Day – Wetland Tourism: a great experience,” has been published by eTurboNews" at this link.
USA 2. Rachel Herold, Environmental Education Specialist at the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, Caw Caw Interpretive Center reported: "We had a very successful World Wetlands Day event at Palmetto Islands County Park in Mt Pleasant, SC this past Saturday. We led over 25 children and adults in three interactive stations for exploring the importance of wetlands. Families investigated water quality and how pollution affects us all using a watershed model, searched for invertebrates and fish in a freshwater pond, and learned about the plant and animal adaptations to life in a brackish marsh. Charleston County Parks was happy to be a part of World Wetlands Day 2012!"
USA 3. Curtis J. Wolf, Manager of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center writes “Attached is a pdf of a report of the activity we coordinated for the 2012 World Wetlands Day.” Read more here.
USA 4. The Wisconsin Wetlands Association, winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Award in the area of wetland education (the Award will be presented at COP11), sent a World Wetlands Day greeting card to all its supporters and contacts: see card here. Read more about the Ramsar Award here.
USA 5. The US State Department and the US Fish and Wildlife Services launched a global World Wetlands Day contest. Here’s the information from Rowena Watson from the U.S. Department of State: "Showcase the beauty of wetlands along with your talent! Submit your best photos to a World Wetlands Day photo celebration under this year’s theme “Wetlands Tourism: A Great Experience,” sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat. From Jan. 3-20, 2012 upload your best photo(s) to our Flickr site in one of four wetlands and tourism-related categories: wildlife, landscapes, plants, and tourists (one per category per participant). All are invited to mark your favorite photo in each category through Jan. 22. The top photos in each category will be showcased on U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and its International Organization Partners’ websites and social media platforms around the world on World Wetlands Day, Feb. 2, 2012." Visit the State Department's Facebook page, and find out more about the photo competition here.
USA 6. The Ramsar Convention and Ducks Unlimited signed a new partnership agreement. On World Wetlands Day, a new Memorandum of Cooperation was signed with Ducks Unlimited in New York City. Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited, and Anada Tiéga, Secretary General for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, presented and signed the MOC. 2012 is a special year for both Ducks Unlimited and the Convention on Wetlands. As the Convention on Wetlands closes its 40th anniversary celebration, Ducks Unlimited begins its celebration of 75 years of active conservation of wetland and wildlife habitats. Photos of the event are here. Read the full article here.
USA 7 - Florida. Rupesh K Bhomia, President, UF Wetlands Club, Soil and Water Science Dept, University of Florida sent in this detailed report via email, and this presentation.
USA 8 - Michigan. CarlsonDigitalMedia on YouTube produced this video for WWD: 2012 Ramsar You Tube.mov. Bill Stevenson, Principal, Oscar A Carlson High School, introduces the Ramsar WWD event and programme in this video. The students at this Gibraltar, Michigan high school, and the people at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, working together, show us in 13 minutes what can be achieved with motivation and partnership in a community. This is the third annual WWD celebration at Carlson High. Partnerships, the importance of working with multiple organisations, long-term planning, and the responsibility of stewardship is presented to these high school students. For more information about Carlson High School see their website here.
USA - 9. James Lewis of Duke University, wrote to tell Ramsar of a new book, "America’s Forested Wetlands: From Wasteland to Valued Resource" by Jeffrey Stine. "About America's Forested Wetlands: Written by Jeffrey Stine, Curator for Environmental History and Chair of the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, America's Forested Wetlands (link) chronicles the history of American attitudes and actions toward the ambiguous transitional areas between dry land and open water. From the clear-cutting of cypress swamps and the wholesale filling and draining of marshes and bottomlands to the growing recognition of how these lands contribute to flood control, water quality, and biological diversity and on to today's energetic political debates over "no net loss" policies designed to protect, enhance, restore, or recreate wetlands, the story involves increasing human understanding and appreciation of an important but limited resource. America's Forested Wetlands addresses one of the most persistent and contentious issues in natural resources management and offers an essential primer for landowners, teachers, students, journalists, and government decision makers and advisors. See our Publications page for more information."
Uruguay. Diana Musitelli de PROBIDES - Programa de Conservación de la Biodiversidad y Desarrollo Sustentable en los Humedales del Este escribe “envio adjunto comunicado de prensa con las actividades organizadas por PROBIDES por el Día Mundial de los Humedales 2012.” Más aquí.
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