World Wetlands Day 2003:
Reported by Jafar Barmaki, Expert on Environmental Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tehran.
Report on the celebration of 2nd February, World Wetlands Day, in the Islamic Republic of Iran
On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, a ceremony was held in the Ramsar Hotel, the very place in which the first meeting of the Ramsar Convention was held in 1971. The participants consisted of local authorities, representatives of NGOs, Government authorities and experts.
The objective of this meeting, in addition to celebrating World Wetlands Day, was to attract the attention of the local authorities of the City of Ramsar to hosting a Regional Center on Training and Research. After a daylong discussion, the participants concluded that they had to start work by establishing an interim secretariat with a limited place to collect necessary information on the possible structure of the center, terms of reference and other related issues.
The participants were addressed by the governor of Ramsar city, the Director General for Natural Museums of the Department of Environment and the Deputy Director for International Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Director General for the Department of Environment of Mazandaran Province, on the contribution of the city to the center, the current situation of wetlands in Iran and related projects, the establishment of the center and activities being done at the international level and the capacity of the province in hosting such a center.
The other conclusion was, the need to have a workshop with the participation of experienced people and experts from the countries of the region, donor countries, international organizations and institutes active in wetlands-related issues and local and governmental authorities of the I.R. of Iran in the near future.
Finally the authorities temporarily allocated a building which is situated in a suitable area of Ramsar City, for the center.
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