World Wetlands Day 2007 - reports page
What is World Wetlands Day?2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. WWD was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and made an encouraging beginning. Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular. From 1997 to 2006, the Convention’s Web site has posted reports from more than 90 countries of WWD activities of all sizes and shapes, from lectures and seminars, nature walks, children’s art contests, sampan races, and community clean-up days, to radio and television interviews and letters to newspapers, to the launch of new wetland policies, new Ramsar sites, and new programmes at the national level.
Activities reported for World Wetlands Day 2007
(Note: many of the links below go to Adobe PDF documents on this Web site.)
International activities (national and local activities are below)
Asia Pacific region.Phil Straw writes to say that the Asia-Pacific Shorebird Network (APSN) Web site was launched on WWD 2007. The APSN is a network of people dedicated to the study and conservation of shorebirds and their wetland habitats in the Asia Pacific Region. To learn more about the APSN go to http://www.shorebirdnetwork.org.
Convention on Biological Diversity. Mr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the CBD, issued a statement on the occasion of WWD 2007 relating this year's theme - Fish for Tomorrow? - to the CBD and the 2010 Biodiversity Target. Here it is (PDF).
CREHO, the Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere, has devoted vol. 2 issue 1 of its INFOWETLANDS newsletter to World Wetlands Day. Here it is in and (PDF).
Danube region. Paul Csagoly, Communications Expert, UNDP-GEF Danube Regional Project based in Vienna (www.undp-drp.org) writes: "Please find attached a press release from the UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project embargoed for World Wetlands Day 2007. Its main message is that water managers in the Danube River Basin need to be better encouraged to use wetland benefits in removing and retaining pollution, while many NGOs are doing very good wetlands-related projects." Here's the press release.
Global Terrestrial Observing System.John Latham, GTOS Programme Director, writes: "Happy World Wetlands Day from the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS)! To mark the World Wetlands Day 2007, the GTOS Secretariat has distributed an informative GTOS newsnote to raise awareness of the 2007 WWD theme and to reaffirm its commitment to support the work of the Ramsar Convention, especially through the Partnership on Wetland Mapping and Inventory launched by FAO, through the Coastal Panel of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (C-GTOS), and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), an International Organization Partner of the Ramsar Convention, at the Globwetland Symposium organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 19-20 October 2006 in Frascati, Italy." The GTOS newsnote on WWD2007 is here.
Pacific Regional Environment Programme. "The Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Mr Asterio Takesy, believes that the responsibility lies with us all to conserve and raise our awareness of the utility of wetlands. 'I am pleased to note that the theme for the 2007 World Wetlands Day is fisheries because of the importance this sector holds in the lives of coastal communities,' Takesy said." SPREP's press release has been reproduced here.
UNESCO. The UNESCO Water Portal Weekly Update for 2 February (no. 174) provided a focus on World Wetlands Day and the Ramsar Convention, facts and figures about wetlands, publications related to wetlands, and links to wetland-related Web sites. Pertinent extracts are here and the original issue of the newsletter is here at UNESCO.
UNEP and the WorldFish Centre. Catherine Mgendi, CGIAR Media Relations, sends a WWD press release, "Will We Have Fish Tomorrow?", laying out three groundrules for reaching the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, issued jointly by Dr. Stephen J. Hall, the Director-General of WorldFish Center, a CGIAR Center, and Dr Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Wetlands International.Alex Kaat, Communications Manager at Wetlands International in the Netherlands, writes: "International Wetlands Day, the second of February, is this year dominated by the news about climate change. This day, the UN present a report acknowledging the link between human activities and climate change. The importance of conserving and restoring wetlands for fighting climate change is still not acknowledged enough." The press release is here.
Algeria 1.Nassima Aghanim-Lakhdari, Secrétaire Exécutive de l'Unité Focale MedWet-Algérie, écrit: "Dans le cadre de la journée mondiale de cette année 2007 : " les zones humides et la pêche ", avec pour slogan " du poisson pour demain ", la Direction Générale des Forêts célébrera officiellement cette manifestation mondiale, le 3 février, au niveau de la Réserve Naturelle du Lac de Réghaïa, site classé Ramsar en 2003, en présence du Ministre de l'Agriculture et du Développement Rurale et de la responsable du Fonds Mondial pour la Nature de Méditerranée (WWF-Med Po), Mademoiselle Francesca Antonelli, et de la représentante du Représentant résident du Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement - Algérie, Mademoiselle Djahida Boukhalfa, Conseillère Programme Environnement des scientifiques et universitaires algériens, des élus locaux, des membres d'associations pour la protection de la nature." Ici.
Algeria 2.Farouk TERKI, Escalier Fabre Beauséjour, Annaba, écrit : "Je travail au niveau de la conservation des forêts de la wilaya de Annaba en Algérie, et je vous envoie une partie de la présentation de la journée mondiale des zone humides, que j'ai projeté aux enfants de 14 a 16.ans. Je suis désolé si le document est volumineux mais il était au format power point que j'ai transformé en word, ce qui m'oblige à vous le transmettre en deux parties."
Argentina 1.Raúl Cardielo, presidente de Econciencia, está escribiendo: "Intensa actividad llevó adelante la Asociación Civil ECONCIENCIA el 2 de febrero, DÍA MUNDIAL DE LOS HUMEDALES, en la ciudad de Chascomús, República Argentina." Fotos.
Argentina 2.Liliana Goveto, Reserva Natural Otamendi, Dirección Nacional de Conservación de Areas Protegidas Administración de Parques Nacionales, writes: "In this e-mail I attach two PDF files in Spanish and English version to publish in the World Wetlands Day 2007 report. Thanks and best regards! Liliana." A photo of the poster is here.
Argentina 3. Graciela Capodoglio, Presidente, Asociación Patrimonio Natural del Partido del Pilar, está escribiendo: "Tenemos el agrado de enviar los siguientes archivos que describen la actividad realizada en la Reserva Natural del Pilar con motivo de festejar este día. Nuestra ONG es la responsable del gerenciamiento de la Reserva desde el año 2003." Aquí.
Argentina 4. Lic. Sara Beatriz Sverlij, Grupo de Trabajo de Recursos Acuáticos, Subsecretaría de Planificación y Política Ambiental, Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable, está escribiendo: "Apreciados colegas: Envío adjunto resumen de algunas actividades realizadas en Argentina por el Día Mundial de los Humedales 2007. Saludos cordiales."
Argentina 5. Jorge Cappato, Punto Focal ONG del Programa CECoP de Ramsar, está escribiendo: "Gente del Programa CECoP, amigos todos de Ramsar, Para el DMH 2007 la Fundación PROTEGER -miembro de UICN desplegó una fuerte campaña de comunicación para prensa, páginas web y ONGs de toda Iberoamérica. La difusión se inició en diciembre 2006 desde www.proteger.org.ar/dmh para dar tiempo a organizar actividades. El 2 de Febrero 2007, se emitieron entrevistas en radio y TV destacando la importancia de los humedales y la pesca de río, y el valor del Sistema de Humedales Paraguay-Paraná para la Cuenca del Plata y a nivel mundial. PROTEGER dedicó su Calendario 2007 al DMH [www.proteger.org.ar/doc596.html]. Saludos a todos, Jorge Cappato."
Argentina 6.Dra. Anna Petra Roge de Marzolini, Presidenta Asociacion Ambientalista EcoLa Paz, La Paz, Entre Ríos, está escribiendo: "Como es tradicional, la Asociacion Ambientalista EcoLaPaz, integrante de la Federacion Argentina Amigos de la Tierra, organizo una excursion a remo por un Arroyo urbano de la ciudad de La Paz, Provincia de entre Rios, Argentina, adjuntamos prensa con fotos.Espero que el tiempo transcurrido no impida incluirla entre las actividades desarrolladas en Argentina este año." PDF.
Argentina 7.Laudemiro Gonzalez writes: "Taller sobre los humedales en la mutual sentimiento bs.as. juegoteca 15 chicos con video que son los humedales charla-juego con figuras para recortar .coordinado por laudemiro gonzalez. gracias. laudemiro." Fotos.
Australia 1 Jill Molan writes: "In honour of World Wetlands Day, the Illawarra Greens remind the Iemma government of the importance of wetlands throughout NSW, but especially in the sensitive areas along the Illawarra coastline. This coastline was originally a string of wetlands from north to south, but now less than a third of the area's original wetlands remain." Here is the press release from the Illawarra Greens.
Australia 2.John Caven, Conservation Officer, Metropolitan Branch, Field and Game Australia, near Whittlesea, Victoria, writes: "Please find attached our Habitat Conservation Info Report No.1/2007 with photos which commemorates World Wetlands Day for 2007. A great time was had by all." Here is the brief report with photos of the nest boxes expedition.
Australia 3.Karyn Bradford, Land and Water Australia Community Fellow, Milang, writes: "To celebrate WWD 2007 the River Lakes and Coorong Action Group held a wetland walk and activities at the Milang Foreshore in South Australia, Australia. This year with the threat of the weir below Wellington having disastrous consequences to our Ramsar wetlands there was a crowd of over 200 people in attendance helping to raise awareness. For copy of my speech and audio go to http://www.stoptheweir.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=78&Itemid=76. For photos go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/maxbaumann/. For weir and water issues go to stoptheweir.com. "
Australia 4.Leanne Cherry, Marketing Manager at the Hunter Wetlands Centre, has sent an illustrated report on their WWD activities at the centre. Here it is (PDF).
Austria 1. The Austrian Minister of Environment, Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Josef Pröll, made this WWD announcement.
Austria 2.Gerhard Sigmund writes: "Please find enclosed an Austrian activity for WWD 2007 in Kärnten : wet meadows and peatland in the new Ramsar Site "Moor und Seenlandschaft Keutschach-Schiefling" will be cleaned from unwanted copse by volunteer helpers. They have been invited to bring their own chain saw with them. I hope it will not end up in a "Texas chainsaw massacre 4"..... "Schwenden" means keeping meadow land free from woody plants ; it´s interestingly a hardly known word in Austria. Dorothea knows the site already and we will invite for our 2007 National Ramsar Committee meeting to this place ("Seehotel am Hafnersee"). Alles Gute zum Welt-Feuchtgebietstag 2007 !" The announcement in PDF.
Austria 3.Stanka Dešnik, Nature park Goricko and TABRIH in Slovenia, writes: "I'm sending you short Report about our activities on Ramsar day 2007 - 2.02 and 4.02. Please put it under the activities in Slovenia and also Austria, because the 4. of February was organised the walking day at the river Mura on the border between Slovenia and Austria. Thank you very much for your support." Here it is (PDF).
Austria 4.Josef Fischer-Colbrie writes: “Good Morning from Salzburg! We also would like to report about some site management activities in wetland (no Ramsar site, but “Only” protected landscape): Two weeks ago the area of the “Hollersbacher Feuchtwiesen” has been cleared up in the frame of a collective action of the Salzburg region, WWF, OBf-AG, the mountain and nature rescue service and the Pinzgauer biotope protection group. Since the 12ha site was put under a protection scheme 20 years ago, the cultivation has been partly abandoned, which supported the spreading of the grey alder. Following up on the recent management activities a land-use and management concept shall be developed and implemented together with the land owners. Please find attached some pictures about this successful action, where about 20 people participated in." Photos.
Azerbaijan. Minister Gussein Bagirov, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources in Baku, writes: "On February 02, 2006 World Wetlands Day was celebrated at the Scientific -Research and Education Centre in Shirvan National Park of Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan with participation of the representatives of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations. On February 02, 2007 workshop named "Wetlands in Azerbaijan - Priorities, Problems and Solutions" dedicated to World Wetlands Day was held at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources." Here his brief report on WWD and other Ramsar-related activities in Azerbaijan.
Bangladesh 1.Md. Nazrul Islam, Director General (C.C.), Department of Fisheries, writes: "We are gladly informing you that the Department of Fisheries, Bangladesh has successfully observed the World Wetlands Day with the following programs: - Publishing Supplementary Issue in three Widely Circulated National Daily; - A Press Conference held in the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock; - Advertisements containing messages on wetlands conservation and management published in the National Dailies on the day before; - A seminar held in the Department of Fisheries Head Office on the day." The details can be found here.
Bangladesh 2.Muhammad Shariful Islam,President, Nature & Biodiversity Conservation Society, writes: "TheNature & Biodiversity Conservation Society (NBCS) celebrated World Wetlands Day 2007 successfully through seminar and campaign. NBCS also published a souvenir on the occasion of the Wetlands Day." Here is the report, with photos.
Benin 1. The Agence Béninoise pour l'Environnement, on behalf of the government of Benin, designated two new Ramsar sites, effective as of World Wetlands Day 2007 -- Site Ramsar du Complexe W and Zone humide de la rivière Pendjari. Details and photos.
Benin 2.Claudia Amegankpoe, Biologiste /Environnement, Cotonou, écrit: "Le 02 Février 2007, le site du village Houakpè-daho dans la commune de Ouidah a été le théâtre des manifestations marquant la journée mondiale des Zones Humides au Bénin. Sous la responsabilité des ONG ECO-ECOLO et ACTION Plus, le forum biodiversité avec la collaboration du Partenariat National de l'eau PNE du Bénin et du secrétariat de la Convention de Ramsar une séance d'information et de sensibilisation sur le thème: " LES ZONES HUMIDES ET LA PECHE " a été organisée en vue de sensibiliser les communautés riveraines de la zone de mangrove du sud Bénin sur l'importance de ces zones et la nécessité d'une gestion rationnelle des ressources. J'envoie par la présente le rapport de la journée des Zone Humides au Bénin. BONNE JOURNEE."
Bosnia & Herzegovina. The government of Bosnia & Herzegovina designated Bardaca Wetland (Bardaca-mocvarni kompleks) for the Ramsar List as of World Wetlands Day 2007.
Botswana. From the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre Library (HOORC). World Wetlands Day in the Okavango. World Wetlands Day activities in the Okavango on February 2nd included a HOORC Biokavango Project staff guided tour of three Okavango village sites for Botswana journalists. This year's theme, Fish for Tomorrow, was explored through meetings with artisanal, commercial and sports fisher folk in Nxaraga, the Panhandle and Moremi Game Reserve. Meanwhile, HOORC fisheries specialist, Ketlhalogile Mosepele, coordinated a contest for the best answers to a fisheries quiz circulated in the Ngami Times. http://flowhoorc.blogspot.com/2007/02/world-wetlands-day-in-okavango.html
Brazil. Maria Carolina Hazin, Técnica Especializada, Bióloga, Ministério do Meio Ambiente, Brasilia, writes: "We´ve produced 20,000 stickers; 2,000 posters and 200 DVDs. The DVD (which is in its final stage of production) will contain the flash animation (translated into Portuguese) and the translated leaflet. We´ve customized the leaflet, changing the international study cases in the boxes to Brazilian cases. The materials were sent to: all 27 regional offices (one per Brazilian state) of the implementing national environmental agency - IBAMA, to all 27 state environmental authorities, local and international NGOs (WWF, TNC and CI), Ramsar sites, National Wetland Committee members and fishermen representatives organizations. Together with the material we´ve added an official letter explaining all about WWD, this year´s motto, also explaining that the Ministry will be using it as a year-round campaign and asking for collaboration. I´m attaching some pictures of the WWD commemoration where we´ve displayed the video, material, etc. at the Ministry and IBAMA main entrance."
Cambodia. Christine Jalleh, Communications Coordinator, The WorldFish Center, sent an illustrated report on behalf of Mr. Mam Kosal, WorldFish Center, Greater Mekong Regional Office in Phnom Penh, describing WWD activities in Sambo, Kratie Province, that were organised by the Provincial Department of Environment and the Khmer Association for Development of Cambodia's Countryside, with technical and financial support from the Wetlands Alliance (WorldFish Center and WWF of the four core partners). There were over 400 participants and many other on-lookers, and materials included 10 banners bearing the themes of the WWD 2007 and messages calling for protection of Wetlands and Fisheries; 400 T-shirts bearing the logo designed by the Ramsar Secretariat, translated to Khmer, and the Wetlands Alliance logo; 100 posters and 200 stickers also bearing the Ramsar design and translated to Khmer. Here is the report (PDF)
Cameroon 1.Jaft Agiamntebom sends a report of the celebration hosted by the community-based NGO the Forest and Agroforestry Promoters (FAP) in Ndop Ngoketunjia Division. The aim of this manifestation was to create awareness of local wetland users (farmers, grazers, fishermen and hunters) of the unsustainable activities of the wetlands through over-fishing, slash and burn farming practices, farmer/grazers conflicts and extensive hunting of wetland wildlife in the Ndop plain. Here is the report.
Cameroon 2.Peter Ngea, Regional Communications Manager, WWF CARPO, Yaoundé, writes: "Wetlands day 2007 celebration in Cameroon had a special thrill with activities ranging from educational programmes for secondary school and university students to a special "March for fish". With support from WWF and MTN, the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection (MINEP) went beyond the practice of symbolic celebration of the day only in Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé. This year witnessed popular participation in at least six of the Country's ten provinces." Here is the brief report (PDF).
Cameroon 3.Judith Ravin, Information Officer, Embassy of the United States in Yaoundé, writes: "To commemorate World Wetlands Day 2007, the U.S. Embassy organized a two-hour seminar at the Higher Teachers' Training College (Ecole Normale Supérieure), in Yaounde, on February 5, 2007. The program featured WorldFish Center Senior Scientist Dr. Randall Brummett, who highlighted the importance of the region's river ecosystem and the threats overexploitation and lack of regulation pose to this invaluable resource. World Wetlands Day posters and stickers, provided by the Ramsar Secretariat, were displayed in the conference hall. An Information Resource Center-generated informational packet on the Ramsar Convention, the importance of wetlands and suggested content for teacher lesson plans was distributed to seminar participants. Over 250 students and lecturers of the university's Biology Department attended the seminar. All were very appreciative of the program and expressed interest in having more seminars on environmental issues. "We now have a better knowledge of the wetlands of Central Africa and the various fish species they contain," a student commented. See http://yaounde.usembassy.gov/world_wetlands_day_2007.html and link to photos.
Cameroon 4.Chi Napoleon Forpah, Watershed Task Group, Douala, writes: "The Watershed Task Group (WTG) and Partners (EDCIF &CBC) celebrated the 2007 WWD principally with the Environmental Club of National Bilingual College (NABICO), Bonaberi, in the Douala Estuary. The main activities included (1) Poster presentations/classroom lectures on the origin/meaning of the WWD 2007 theme "wetlands are important for fish productivity-protect them", and then the role of mangrove forest ecosystems in fisheries productivity (2) Launching of the pioneer Edition of the Cameroon Wetlands Forum, a Newsletter produced and published by WTG & Partners with support from the NC-IUCN/SWP (see copy attached to report) (3) Two hours Radio Talk Show over Radio Environment of the IUCN-ROCA in Yaoundé on an Institute de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD) funded mangrove sensitization project tiled -'Plein feu sur la mangrove' implemented by the Centre for Environment Watch (CEW)-project holder, in collaboration with Watershed Task Group (WTG) and the Cameroon Mangrove Conservation Network (4) Announcement of the Children's Art Contest, 2007 on conservation and restoration of mangroves." Here is the WWD report (PDF)."
Cameroon 5.Serge Herve ONDOUA écrit : "Bien vouloir trouver ci-joints, la déclaration et les discours du Ministre de l'Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature à l'occasion de la célébration de la journée mondiale des zones humides le 02 février 2007 au Cameroun ainsi que le rapport de mission de l'équipe Ramsar Cameroun."
Cameroon 6.Lambert Bene écrit: "Le WWF Projet Savanes, en collaboration avec ses partenaires locaux, MINEP, MTN, l’Ecole de Faune de Garoua, le Lamidat de Garoua, CRTV, Radio Salaaman, Cameroon Tribune et l’Association des Femmes Vendeuses de Poisson de Garoua se sont mobilisés le 02 février 2007, pour informer et sensibiliser le grand public sur l’impact des mauvaises pratiques de production et conservation du poisson sur la santé humaine et l’environnement. Le présent rapport décrit les activités menées et présente les résultats obtenus."
Canada 1.Randy Milton sends a press release from the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Web site, to the effect that the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park will be open from 7 a.m. to noon to celebrate Groundhog Day and World Wetlands Day on Friday, Feb. 2. Admission and activities are free. The day's events begin at 7:30 a.m. with a First Nations welcoming ceremony to the sunrise. There will be face painting, crafts and hot drinks in the Greenwing Legacy Building where displays will also demonstrate the importance of wetlands. Here is the press release.
Canada 2.Deb Heidt, Park Ranger at the Columbia Wetlands Wildlife Management Area in British Columbia, has sent a large PDF reporting on the World Wetlands Day activities in the East Kootenay Region, with a WWD poster that was created and posted to local businesses and an information sheet distributed in the schools. Here it is (4.5MB).
Canada 3.Jerome Marty writes: "We had a super good time at the Ecole Renaissance, in Burlington, Ontario, talking about the WWD-2007 in 2 classes. Here is a short text to report the activities for your web page. If you requiere more informations, please let me know. This was our first time celebrating WWD and we look forward for WWD-2008. Thank you for your support sending the informations."
Chile 1. Diego Luna Q., Director, CAACH, está escribiendo: "Amig@s de Ramsar, Adjuntamos reporte de actividades programadas por la Corporación Ambientes Acuáticos de Chile, CAACH, con motivo del Día Mundial de los Humedales, 2007-01-30. Saludos cordiales desde Chile." Reporte de actividades planificadas para el Sistema de Humedales Costeros de Coquimbo (Chile) con motivo del Día Mundial de los Humedales.
Chile 2.Gustavo Pössel, Representante sitio Ramsar Laguna Conchalí n°1374, Región de Coquimbo, provincia del Choapa, está escribiendo: "Minera Los Pelambres celebró por tercer año consecutivo el día mundial de los humedales en Laguna Conchalí, con un acto musical, charlas y presentaciones. Existe hoy un centro de extensión de la minería sustentable en la orilla de la laguna que explica los componentes del ecosistema y hay guías que acompañan en su recorrido a los turistas y grupos de estudiantes que visitan el lugar. Este verano la laguna recibió 30,000 visitantes. Nuestro próximo proyecto es instalar pasarelas para puestos de observación en la laguna. Todo esto permanentemente bajo la supervisión científica de especialistas. Laguna Conchalí ya constituye un ejemplo de manejo sustentable de un humedal conocido en todo el país." Fotos.
China 1. Sandra Hails, Ramsar CEPA Programme Officer, participated in early World Wetlands Day celebrations at the Hong Kong Wetland Park, 27 January 2007. Here is her very well illustrated report, with very cute kids dressed up as wetlands. Further on this event, Carrie Ma, Manager/Education at the Hong Kong Wetland Park, adds: "Dear Sandra, The existing report that you prepared has covered most of the highlights of the World Wetlands Day 2007 Ceremony on 27 January 2007. Please find attached some additional highlights for the WWD programme series from October 2006 to February 2007. I have also attached some useful pictures, and for your reference, please find attached poster of the event."
China 2.Peter Bridgewater, Ramsar Secretary General, is participating in WWD celebrations and workshop on the Wetland Ambassador Action programme, sponsored by the State Forestry Administration and WWF, Beijing, China, 2 February. There is a photo here.
China 3.ShantRaj Jnawali writes: "To commemorate the World Wetland Day 2007 a two-day program was organized in Fu Yuan County lodged on the bank of Heilongjiang River, far northeast corner of China. The program was organized as a joint undertaking between Sanjiang National Nature Reserve and UNDP/GEF funded wetland Project "Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in China"." Here is the brief report, with photos of the WWD Parade in -10°C weather.
Colombia 1.Edinson Tigreros Herrera está escribiendo: "Ayer dos (2) de Febrero de 2007, llevamos a cabo la celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales, en nuestra Madrevieja “Videles” ubicada en el Corregimiento de Guabas, Municipio de Guacarí. Este año la organización del evento estuvo a cargo de la Corporación Autónoma del Valle del Cauca CVC, la Administración Municipal y de la Corporación Ambiental GEA (CORPOGEA)." Màs.
Colombia 2.Luz Amparo Nuñez, Palmira-Valle del Cauca, está escribiendo: "Les envio la documentación del reporte del dia de los humedales. De ante mano les agradezco el material suministrado." Aquí (PDF).
Colombia 3.Marta Salazar Jaramillo, Oficina Asesora de Comunicaciones, Corantioquia, Medellín, está escribiendo: "Buen día para ustedes. Los saludamos esperando que se hayan cumplido los objetivos propuestos en la celebración del día de los humedales de este año. Anexo les contamos en un pequeño documento que pasó en uno de los municipios de nuestro departamento, una de las actividades fue la liberación de tortugas que se encontraban en cautiverio, por parte de un grupo de jóvenes."
Colombia 4.Alma Isbel Ariza Ramírez, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Departamento de Ecología y Territorio, está escribiendo: "Reciban un cordial saludo. Anexo envio el documento de informe de actividades de la celebración del día mundial de los humedales. Gracias!"
Colombia 5. Angel Guarnizo, Fundación Humedal La Conejera, está escribiendo: "Hola! amigos,queremos invitarlos a un buen día de campo. Saludos." Aquí.
Congo, Democratic Republic of. On 2 February, the Ministre de l'environnement, conservation de la nature, eaux et forêts addressed the nation over radio and television, renewing his country's commitment to its wetlands and to the Ramsar Convention and pledging to designate, with the help of WWF, what is intended the largest Ramsar site in the world. Here is a PDF of his address in French.
Costa Rica.German Aguilar está escribiendo: "El Área de Conservación Arenal Tempisque y el Área de Conservación Tempisque tienen el agrado de invitarle a participar en la celebración del “Día Mundial de los Humedales”. Este evento se realizará en la comunidad de Puerto Humo, Nicoya, el próximo viernes 23 de febrero de 2007, a partir de las 8:30 a.m. Esperamos contar con su valiosa presencia, la cual le dará un mayor realce a dicha actividad." Invitación.
Cuba. MSc. Frank A. Ocaña Borrego, Especialista Ambiental, Departamento de Recursos Naturales, Centro de Investigaciones y Servicios Ambientales y Tecnológicos de Holguín, está escribiendo: "En adjunto le estoy enviando nuestro informe (PDF) de actividades por el Día Mundial de los Humedales. Este año la actividad fue denominada Jornada Infantil Protegiendo los Humedales, donde los niños y niñas son los protagonistas como hemos venido haciendo hasta ahora gracias al apoyo de la Convención Ramsar."
Cyprus. An invitation from the Akrotiri Environmental Education and Information Centre to WWD events from 2 to 11 February 2007, here. And including an invitation in English to a WWD flora event (PDF). And, thanks to Thomas Hadjikyriakou, Akrotiri Environmental Education and Information Centre Manager, a brief subsequent report on both (PDF).
Ecuador 1 . Olga Quevedo Pinos, Ministerio del Ambiente del Ecuador y Coordinadora CECOP Ramsar, está escribiendo: "Recibe cordiales saludos. Adjunto al presente sirvete encontrar un resumen de los eventos realizados por el 02 de febrero en la región costa del Ecuador, espero que se encuentren a tu gusto."
Ecuador 2.Alicia Jaramillo, Coordinadora Proyecto Isla Santay, Fundacion Malecon 2000, está escribiendo: "De acuerdo a tu solicitud, envio breve informe de las actividades llevadas a cabo por la celebracion del dia mundial de los Humedales en Guayaquil, Ecuador. Agradezco de antemano la difusion de las mismas en la pagina de Ramsar." Aquí.
Fiji.Vai Jungblut, Associate Ramsar Officer based at SPREP in Samoa, writes: "As discussed, attached is the summary report from Fiji on their activities for WWD 2007 carried out by environmental education NGO, Live & Learn Fiji. Also attached is a pdf of their newsletter including info on WWD. Cheers for now."
France 1. The Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development of France has designated France's 24th Wetland of International Importance on the occasion of World Wetlands Day 2007. Mares temporaires de Tre Padule de Suartone (218 hectares, 41°46'N 009°24'E) is a Réserve naturelle comprising four temporary pools and their catchments and two temporary streams in the southeast of Corsica. Further details here. Mauricette Figarella, Chargée de mission pour la Protection de la Nature, Direction régionale de l'environnement de Corse, écrit: "La journée du 10 février 2007 organisée pour célébrer l'entrée des mares temporaires de Tre Padule dans le dispositif RAMSAR s'était déroulée avec succès sur le site des mares d'abord puis à la mairie de Bonifacio, où le Préfet de Corse avait procédé à la remise des diplômes. Vous trouverez en annexe quelques photos de cette manifestation.
France 2.Julie Le Bihan, Animatrice du pôle-relais "zones humides intérieures", Fédération des Parcs naturels régionaux de France (http://www.parcs-naturels-regionaux.tm.fr/zones_humides/), has long been very active in coordinating WWD activities in France and has provided this extensive list of some 190 WWD celebrations planned for all over the country.
France 3.Tobias Salathé and Dorothea August, Senior and Assistant Advisors for Europe, participated in a joint WWD celebration at the Lac du Bourget Ramsar site in France, 1-2 February, sponsored by the Conservatoire du patrimoine naturel de la Savoie and the Groupe d'étude et de gestion de la Grande Cariçaie, with the signing of a formal twinning agreement between the Lac du Bourget Ramsar site and the Rive sud du lac de Neuchâtel Ramsar site at Grande Cariçaie in Switzerland. Additional press clippings.
France 4. "Metrofrance, a daily newspaper distributed for free across France’s ten biggest city agglomerations (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Lille, Strasbourg, etc.) – and therefore read by millions of commuters - has published today an article on WWD, Ramsar and the newest Ramsar site designation in Corsica: three temporary marshes in a Mediterranean environment. To find the story on the web, go to http://www.metrofrance.com/fr/article/2007/02/01/09/5630-39/index.xml".
France 5.Coralie Hermelou, Chargée de Communication, Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat, écrit: "Bonjour, Du 29 janvier au 04 février 2007 auront lieu les journées mondiales des zones humides. En Camargue, première zone protégée selon la convention de Ramsar en France, les nombreux partenaires locaux se sont mobilisés pour présenter un programme diversifié d'activités. Voici le programme des animations prévues en camargue dans le cadre de la journée mondiale des zones humides. Les activités proposées par la Tour du Valat y figurent." Ici.
France 6.Coralie Hermelou also writes, specifically about the Tour du Valat: "De nombreuses manifestations sont organisées sur la façade méditerranéenne, en Camargue et à la Tour du Valat. Vous trouverez en fichier joint le programme de ces évènements.Le 2 février, c'est également le moment que nous avons choisi pour lancer notre nouveau site Internet. Ce site se veut plus clair, plus fonctionnel, plus concis, plus lumineux." / "Several special events to increase awareness about the protection of wetlands are taking place along the Mediterranean Coast, in the Camargue and at the Tour du Valat (see attachment for further details). February 2nd is also the moment we have chosen to launch our new website. We hope you will appreciate this version designed to be more functional, concise and appealing." More details, and links to the full programme and the accompanying leaflet, here.
France 7.Pere Tomas-Vives, Programme Coordinator for the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat in Mallorca, the Illes Balears, sent this poster about a conference-debate in Arles at the restaurant-fluvial Le Boatel on "the protection of wetlands and exploitation of fisheries: conflict or synergy". Here it is.
France 8.Nicolas Guilpain, Responsable environnement, Hotel de ville in Leucate, écrit: "Nous tenions tout d'abord à vous remercier pour l'envoi de documents lors de la préparation de l'événement. Cette année encore des animations ont été réalisées pour sensibiliser le public sur les zones humides. L'objectif a été plus ambitieux puisqu'en plus du large public le week-end, nous avons organisé 33 demi journées d'activité auprès de 11 classes de primaire (de 6 à 10 ans). L'idée était de créer une exposition collective présentant la diversité des zones humides autour des étangs de Salses-Leucate et de La Palme en insistant sur la pêche et l'ostréiculture. Vous trouverez un court résumé en PJ."
France 9.Aline Antoine, Animatrice des contrats territoriaux de la Vesle, SIABAVE, Reims, et Francis Guidou, CSP, écrivent, " Bonjour, vous trouverez ci-joint un compte-rendu de la journée mondiale des zones humides de Courville (51) et des les mails suivants les photos. N'hesitez pas à le diffuser pour faire connaitre ce site. Merci de votre collaboration, cordialement. "
France 10.Samuel Régnauld écrit: "Nettoyage des marais à Couëron - France par le syndicat intercommunal de chasse au gibier d'eau de basse loire nord. -- Bonjour, Vous trouverez en pièce jointe des photos prises pendant l'opération de nettoyage des marais à Couëron dans la cadre de la JMZH 2007 et qui viennent en complément du compte rendu que je vous ai envoyé il y a quelques jours. Cordialement." Compte rendu ici.
France 11.Thierry Roy, Animateur du Grand-Voyeux, écrit: "Voici un petit bilan du week-end Ramsar au Grand-Voyeux (en Seine-et-Marne, France). Bien cordialement."
France 12.Julie TOUSE, Chargée de mission Zones Humides, Parc naturel régional du Perche, Maison du Parc - Courboyer, Noce, écrit : " Comme vous me l'aviez demandé, je vous joint quelques photos de notre journée "zones humides". Au programme il y avait : 14h - 15 h : Diaporama sur les zones humides (fonctions, intérêt des zones humides) et un diaporama sur les mares. 15h - 16h 30 : Visite de l'étang du Parc après travaux de restauration écologique (présentation des travaux en salle puis terrain). Une salle était consacrée aux expo. "
France 13.Estelle Gironnet écrit, "Le Parc de l'Estuaire de la Gironde, Pôle-Nature du Conseil Général de la Charente-Maritime, géré par la commune de Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, a célébré la Journée mondiale des zones humides 2007 en proposant diverses animations pendant les mois de février et de mars." Voice le rapport.
France 14. Marie ROMANI, Pôle relais lagunes méditerranéennes région Languedoc-Roussillon (www.pole-lagunes.org), Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels du Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, écrit : " Veuillez trouver ci-joint une adaptation de votre matériel pour les JMZH 2007 dans le Sud de la France. "
France 15.Hervé Rault, Communauté de communes de l'Ile de Ré, Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, écrit: "Veuillez trouver ci-joint un petit reportage de la JMZH 2007 pour le site Ramsar Marais Fier d'Ars sur l'Ile de Ré."
Gabon 1. The Direction Générale de l'Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature in Libreville has designated three new Ramsar sites for WWD 2007: the Parc National Akanda, the Parc National Pongara, and a site called the "Site Ramsar des Monts Birougou". Descriptions of the new Wetlands of International Importance can be seen here.
Gabon 2. Voici le discours télévisé prononcé par madame le Vice Premier Ministre à l'occasion de la JMZH.
Gambia. The Gambia's Department of Parks and Wildlife Management has seized the occasion of World Wetlands Day to designate the Tanbi Wetland Complex (6,304 hectares, 13°26'N 016°38'W) as its second Wetland of International Importance.
Germany 1. Press release from Euronatur: "Wasservögel weltweit bedroht - 2. Februar ist World Wetlands Day: Euronatur ruft zur Sicherung des Adria-Zugweges auf". Hier.
Germany 2. Press release from WWF Germany: "Den Fischen nicht das Wasser abgraben: WWF macht auf die Bedeutung intakter Süßwassersysteme für die weltweite Versorgung mit Fisch aufmerksam". Hier.
Germany 3.Katharina Menge, Naturschutzreferentin, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) based in Hamburg, sends the World Wetlands Day press release that her group issued, particularly concerning the problems at the Mühlenberger Loch Ramsar site.
Germany 4.Stefan Hörmann, General Manager of Living Lakes, writes: "Radolfzell, February 1, 2007: “Threatened Lake of the Year 2007“ is the South American Wetland Pantanal, informs the international foundation Global Nature Fund (GNF). Every year, on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, GNF highlights the threatened state of a unique water body to the world. Deforestation, monocultural farming, intensive cattle ranching as well as gold and diamond mining affect the 140.000 sq. km large wetland. The construction of new ethanol distilleries will increase the critical situation which might lead to the ecological devastation of world’s largest wetland by 2050." Here is the informative press release from GNF and the NGO Ecotropic Brazil.
Germany 5.Hans-Christian Zirkenbach of the Umweltamt in Landkreis Stendal writes: "Our WWD poster was used electronically, no hard copy.
We sent it to our local newspapers and it was also published on the homepage of the Landkreis Stendal. Please look at the file in the appendix. The local newspapers published a short message about WWD. WWD-activities: 1) On 3. March took place a walking-tour from the village Bölsdorf into the Wetland of International Importance "Aland-Elbe-Niederung und Elbaue Jerichow", leaded by the Middle Elbe Biopshere Reserve - Main Office. Some WWD-posters were printed for this walking tour and your English stickers were distributed. 2) Also involved was the angler-association of Saxony-Anhalt. The regional water keeper is going to speak about WWD in the association and to write an article about activities to protect the wetlands and waters."
Germany 6:Martin Schneider-Jacoby, Euronatur, sends the link to the Deutschlandradio Web site with the text edition of a radio interview with WWF on World Wetlands Day: http://www.dradio.de/dlf/sendungen/umwelt/589665/.
Greece 1. Sofia Spirou, MedWet Communications Officer, writes: "A 20 day publicity period on WWD launched by the MedWet Secretariat in collaboration with the public transport of Athens came full cycle on 2 February. . . . ‘Working with the public transport system is a significant step in the effort to raise public awareness of wetland values’ says MedWet Secretariat Coordinator, Spyros Kouvelis. ‘The advertisement on Wetlands Day shown on the screens of the electric car fleet is brought to an average of over 60,000 passengers per day. It is an innovative way to sow the seed of awareness to a wider scale public than in past Wetland Day celebrations in Athens’ he adds." More details and photos.
Greece 2. World Wetlands Day is being celebrated in Athens with a photographic and film exhibition at the Mavromixali 55 Art Space, 2-11 February, and a special screening of eight water-related films at the Institut Français d'Athènes. Here's the invitation.
Greece 3. E. Makrigianni writes: "World Wetlands Day was celebrated in Evros Delta on Friday 2nd of February. Approximately 140 schoolchildren participated, from 5 villages and towns that are situated close to the wetland. The activities that they took part in were: Powerpoint projection on "The value of Evros Delta for fisheries"; Participation in a contest with questions on the topic of the day; Handicraft: realisation of a 3D fish; Guided tour on a small "port" in the wetland in order to see traditional fishing techniques and species of fish with commercial value." Photos here.
Guatemala. Licda. Miriam Castillo, Depto. Educación y Fomento, CONAP, está escribiendo: "Mi nombre es Miriam Castillo y trabajo en el Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas -CONAP-. Adjunto le envió un pequeño informe de las actividades realizadas durante el mes de febrero, para celebrar el Día de los Humedales. Muchas gracias y perdón por la tardanza." PDF.
Hungary 1. László Haraszthy, State Secretary for Nature and Environment Protection, notified the Secretariat that "In 2007, the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water celebrated World Wetlands Day together with representatives from the Slovak Ministry of Environment. The event was held at the headquarters of the Aggtelek National Park Directorate in Jósvafo, next to the famous subterranean transboundary Ramsar site, Baradla - Domica Cave System." Here is the report, with photographs.
Hungary 2. World Wetlands Day at the General Assembly of the Danube Environmental Forum (DEF), Miskolc, Hungary, 2-4 February 2007. Photo of the human World Wetlands Day poster.
India 1. Jayati Chourey sends pictorial WWD greetings from Kondakarla Ava, the second largest freshwater lake in Andhra Pradesh, here.
India 2. Ms Farida Tampal, State Director, WWF-India, Andhra Pradesh State Office, reports that World Wetlands Day was celebrated by the Andhra Pradesh State Office of WWF in association with Hyderabad Urban Development Authority at Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad on the morning of 2nd February. 230 students from 10 Nature Clubs took part in this event. The day began at sunrise, where students donned the World Wetlands Day t-shirts and caps in the Sanjivaiah Park and proceeded on a nature trail. After the children re-grouped for a painting and essay-writing competition, there was an official WWD function, and then the Chairs of HUDA and WWF exchanged a MOU marking the beginning of WWF's biodiversity study of Hussain Sagar Lake on behalf of HUDA. The report and a photo are here.
India 3. Mr Gopal Krisna Mehra, Chairman, Rajputana Society of Natural History, writes: "The Rajputana Society of Natural History has organized WWD'07 in the "CITY OF LAKES" -- Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, in collaboration with Government Women's Polytechnic College and State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur". Here's the brief report.
India 4.Vivek Sharma, Project Associate, Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, writes: "I am hereby sending World Wetlands Day, 07 report celebrated by NGO ASRA in collaboration with Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Chandigarh (nodal agency for conservation and management of wetlands in Punjab, India) for the reports section of WWD, 07 Web pages."
India 5.Chanam Bidan, Secretary of MAWETS, writes: "MAWETS (Manipur Wetland Society), India, in association with Loktak Development Authority (LDA) celebrated WWD07. Main activities are rally by college students, quiz competition and drawing competition for school children." Here are some photographs.
India 6.Arulagam Nature Conservation Society organized a wetlands day programmed on Feb 2nd at St. Anthoniar elementary school at Idinthakarai, a tsunami-affected coastal hamlet of Tirunelveli district / Tamilnadu / South India. Further details.
India 7. "Dear friends, For the Wetlands Day we launched a blog on the mangroves of Mumbai. We had toyed with the idea of a website (www.mumbaimangroves.org) but it was very difficult to update and hence a blog was chosen. We are having a pretty tough time saving the mangroves in Mumbai. We hope to disseminate information wider with this blog and empower people to come forward and protect them. (http://mumbaimangroves.wordpress.com/). We had planned for other activities also but everybody has a busy schedule in Mumbai and it is very difficult to coordinate. Request the Wetlands Secretariat to kindly include the blog in their list. Regards, Rishi Aggarwaal, Jt. Secretary, Mangrove Society of India (Mumbai Chapter)."
India 8.R. Ramasubramanian writes: "The M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Kakinada field center and Wildlife Management Division, Rajahmundry, jointly celebrated WWD on Friday February 2 2007 in Corangi village near Coringa Wildlife sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh, India. 150 students from Green Corps - Aditya Public School, Jagannaickpur, Kakinada, Zilla Prishad Schools of Corangi and Seetaramapuram participated in an awareness rally which was followed by a meeting and quiz competition to the students. Mr. P. Satyanarayana, Divisional Forest Officer, Dr. R. Ramasubramanian, Scientist, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, and Mr. Suresh, Fisheries Development officer, Tallarevu, spoke on the importance of wetlands. Quiz related to wetlands and fisheries was conducted. Mr. P. Satyanarayana DFO., Wildlife distributed the prices to the winners. Mr. Swarnaraju, Mr. S.S.V. Prasad, N. Veerabhadra Rao of M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation, Mr. Ramakrishna, and Mr. Nanda teachers of Aditya Public school participated in the function. See attachment for more details."
India 9.D. B. Mehta , Executive Director of Gujarat Science City, writes: "Gujarat Science City is taking a bold step by bringing awareness and sensitizing the visitors about our rich biodiversity and appreciation of state’s genetic resources and environment and inspires commitment to preserve its existence. The Science City organizes an illustrative poster exhibition on "Exploring Wetlands of Gujarat", screening of video films and slide shows on the above theme." Here is more detail and a photo of an excellent poster.
India 10. Dr.(Mrs) Rashmi Gangwar, Coordinator CEE Himalaya, Lucknow, writes: "CEE Himalaya, an initiative of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), observed the World Wetlands Day 2007 in two Indian Himalayan states - Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarankhand." Details of celebrations are provided in the following brief report.
India 11.Chander Parkash writes: "Kheti Virasat, Punjab, India observed WWD at three wetlands of Punjab. Harike, wetland which is one of the first six ramsar sites of India, attracts a large number of migratory waterfowls as far as from Arctic Circle. This year the students of D.A.V. College, Amritsar and members of Art of Living - A spiritual society were taken to the Harike wetland where they observed rich flora and fauna of the wetland particularly migratory birds. Mr. Chander Parkash from Kheti Virasat helped the members of both the institutions in identifying the birds and told them about the history of the Harike wetland." Here's a brief report and some photographs.
India 12.A.K. Pattnaik, Director, Nandankanan Biological Park (http://www.nandankanan.org/) in Orissa (http://www.nandankanan.org/), writes: "Greetings from India. I am pleased to inform you that WWD 2007 was celebrated in a befitting manner at Kanjia lake. Kanjia Lake is an important wetland located within the Nandankanan biological park. The wetland is designated as a wetland of national importance by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India with effect from December 2006. It is being planned to implement a very ambitious CEPA programme at Kanjia Lake. More than 1.5 million visitors visit Nandankanan Biological Park annually thus it provides unique opportunity for the wetland education programme. The CEPA activities was launched with effect from WWD 2007. I am attaching a brief report on the celebration of the WWD 2007, I hope it may be posted in the Ramsar web site.
India 13. Dr Sidharth Kaul, Director, Ministry of Environment & Forests, writes: "The Ministry of Environment & Forests and The Energy & Resources Institute cordially invite you to the celebration of World Wetland Day, 2007 on from 1000 hrs to 1300 hrs at Auditorium, Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Chief Guest will be Hon'ble Minister of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The Hon'ble Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Forests,will preside over the function. Friday, 2nd February 2007, National Science Centre Auditorium."
India 14. Dr. Paresh Pandya writes: "We have arranged a WWD-07 competition for school and university students at Rajkot, Gujarat, India as well Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Our aim is to make student aware about wetlands and its activities, benefits, etc. Therefore, with the help of organization such as Saurashtra University, University of Windsor, Hindu Mandir Windsor, Kotak Institute of Science, Gujarat Vigyan Parishad, Centre for Environment Education, etc. eligibility for competition is student category and general categories." More details and the winning painting here.
India 15. Amrita Chatterjee, Executive (Research and Liason), South Asian Forum for Environment (Indian Chapter), Kolkata, writes: "Please find attached herewith a report on World Wetlands Day 2007 celebration in East Kolkata Wetlands, a Ramsar Site which is currently facing the threat of getting delisted from the Ramsar list. Kindly include this report in your esteemed publication and oblige. Thanking you."
India 17. Dr. Maya Mahajan, Executive Officer, Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre, Mumbai, writes: "I would like to post the information regarding WWD (2nd February 2007) celebration at Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (SPGMEC ), Mumbai, India in "Activities reported for world Wetland Day" in your website. Please find the information pasted below. I am also attaching few pictures. I would be thankful to you if you could include this information in your website and give us an opportunity to become a part of a global network. SPGMEC is celebrating this event since 1997 and also regularly posting the information to Ramsar Website." Here is the brief illustrated report.
India 18. Jojo T.D, Research Associate, Ashoka Trust, writes: "Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) www.atree.org is a premier conservation organization in India. Currently we are working on a project titled "Strengthening communities and Institutions for Sustainable Management of Vembanad Backwaters, Kerala". In line with the Ramsar vision of People acting for the wise use of wetlands we have come up with some CEPA activities which will be formally launched from June 2007. . . . ATREE organised the wetlands day celebration of 2007 on the banks of Vemband on the 2nd of February. The reports and photos are attached."
India 19. Dr.Sudarsan Panda, Chief Executive, Chilika Development Authority, Bhubaneswar in Orissa, writes: "Greetings from Chilika. I am attaching to this mail the report of celebration of World Wetland Day 2007 in Chilika Lagoon."
India 20.Manoj Balakrishnan, Wildlife Assistant, Wayanad Wildlife Division, Sulthan Bathery (PO), writes: "We are happy to inform you that this year we could successfully commemorate the World Wetlands Day on 2nd of February. We have collected posters from students and general public to exhibit them at our Interpretation Centre & Museum inside the protected area. Simultaneously we could arrange for gatherings at public places to make aware of wetland conservation and sustainable development. Also in connection with this year's World Wetlands Day celebrations on 2nd of February myself could present a talk regarding Wetland Conservation at the All India Radio - Calicut. We attach few photographs of the selected events."
Islamic Republic of Iran.Lei Guangchun, Ramsar Senior Advisor for the Asia/Pacific, attended WWD celebrations in Ramsar, Iran, at the Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research in Western and Central Asia, as well as a workshop on an institutional strategic plan involving numerous Ramsar Parties from the region. Ms Yasaman Rajabkhah Shalmany, Natural Environment and Biodiversity Section, Department of the Environment, writes: "In Iran each year we celebrate WWD in provinces that Ramsar site is located in. In 2007 we held this ceremony in Hormozgan Province that contains 4 Ramsar sites. Mangrove wetland which called Hara is one of these four sites. The WWD celebration was started by formal opening ceremony that included remarks from Deputy Head of natural environment and biodiversity, General Director of Hormozgan Department of Environment Office, Ramsar Senior Advisor of Asia, Islamic Leader (He was very interested in environment, and Senior Advisor of Asia had a meeting with him after his remarks), and Governor of Hormozgan province. After opening ceremony all participants visited the exhibition that shows local community lifestyle and includes handicrafts, NGOs and local organization activities. Children participated in this exhibition too. Other participants were Experts, University teachers and students, NGOs, local community, and all stakeholders and also western and central Asia delegates that were participating in Ramsar Regional Center meeting that was held after WWS. After lunch all participants visited Mangrove Wetland located in Qeshm Island." Here is her brief report (PDF).
Italy. Patrizia De Angelis, Ministry of the Environment, Territory and Sea, Directorate General for Nature Protection, Head of Division VI "Protection of Terrestrial and Marine Environment from Pollution" in Rome, writes: "In a press release the Minister of the Environment has focused the attention on the changes that wetlands have undergone, both in Italy and in other Mediterranean countries, in the last century. . . . The Minister [also] announced that the procedure for including other Italian wetlands in the Ramsar list has begun." Here is her brief report, including mention of activities elsewhere in the country in cooperation with WWF.
Japan 1.SHINSUKE Mizusaki, Wildlife Division, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, has forwarded a brief report on WWD 2007 in Shimane Prefecture (Web site), including a two-month exhibit on Ramsar and wetlands at the Shinjiko Nature Museum, a symposium on restoration of estuaries and coastal lagoon held in Matsue City, and another symposium on the possibility of ecotourism at the Shinji-ko and Nakaumi Ramsar sites. Here it is (PDF).
Japan 2. Kaori Tsujita from the Ministry of the Environment has sent a brief illustrated report in PDF detailing a WWD2007 Seminar in Akkeshi in Hokkaido, an event called the "Eco-tour in Winter" at Kushiro-shitsugen Ramsar site, walking events at Biwa-ko, and a quiz and spiral art painting for children at Nakaumi Ramsar site.
Kenya 1.Wilson Rading Outa writes: "Kindly receive greetings from Nairobi, Kenya. I start by apologizing for the undue delay before submitting our report. Nevertheless, I would highly appreciate if the below information is posted on your website. The Uranga Entity Institute (UEI) is an independent broad based public policy research project operated by the Uranga Development Action Group (UDAG). The UEI carries out its activities through advocacy, training and information dissemination." Here is the UEI's report, with photographs and some related materials.
Kenya 2.John Mumbo writes: "Please find attached the WWD report for the national celebrations that was held in Kenya. The National World Wetlands Day, 2007 event was held at Karanda Primary School at Ahero Town of Nyando District. The event was attended by the Director General, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Dr. Muusya Mwinzi. The guest of honour was Dr. Chris Gachau, representing the Area Resident Director of United Nation Development Programme (UNDP)." Brief illustrated report (PDF).
Kenya 3.Bernard Ogwoka, Kenya Wildlife Service, Coast Conservation Area in Mombasa, sent this PDF report on a number of WWD activities which had the objectives: 1) To enhance the level of awareness amongst school children and other stakeholders on the importance of conserving wetlands. 2. To create awareness and publicity on near shore coastal wetlands and inland marine fisheries. 3. To improve coordination and creating synergies among resource managers, researchers, users, and donors to address issues on coastal and marine resources. 4. And to harness volunteers' efforts and synergies with a view of increasing the level of their participation in conservation of coastal and marine wetlands."
Latvia.A. Avotins writes, "Traditionally, since 2001, WWD is organized by the administration of Teici Nature Reserve as a day of annual reports. All the workers of the administration presented his job results in year 2006 for local authorities and representatives from superior institutions and NGO. As it is in midwinter, the meeting is organized in the information center of Teici NR, in small village Laudona, Madona district." Brief report with photos.
Liberia. Eunice N. Dagbeand Flomo Mulbah, the Government and NGO CEPA Focal Points for Ramsar, have sent an illustrated report on their joint WWD activity that included a visit to the Mesurado Wetlands Ramsar Site. Here it is (PDF).
Libya.Abdulmaula Abdelmajid Hamza, Environment General Authority, Tripoli, writes: "On 3rd of February 2007 The Environment General Authority (Ramsar/MedWet National focal point authority) have organized a full day of activities celebrating the world wetlands day 2007 at Benghazi, the second largest Libyan city and the city containing the most wetlands on the national level. The event was featured with an exceptional public attendance, from EGA, University of Garyounis in Benghazi, University of Omar Al Mokhtar in Al Bayda, University of Al Marj, Libyan scouts, The national committee for voluntary works, youths of the Libyan Red Crescent, Al Zuhur kindergarten, school teachers, fishermen associations of Benghazi, Local police, Local and National TV, Radio and Press." Here's the very well-illustrated report.
Madagascar. "Pour cette année 2007, les Membres du Bureau Permanent du Comité Régional de Développement de Moramanga (et non plus Cellule ), en partenariat avec les Autorités locales ( Le Chef de District de Moramanga et le Maire de la Commune Rurale d'Andasibe ) et l'ONG MITSINJO, ont décidé de célébrer la journée du 02 Février 2007, Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides, au Site RAMSAR de TOROTOROFOTSY." Rapport.
Malaysia. Jocelyn Maluda, Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, Environmental Education Centre, Sabah, writes: "I would like to submit to our report on WWD here in KK Wetland Centre and it was really great seeing you in the WLI symposium in HKWP. See you perhaps in the 2nd symposium? Thanks for your help."
Marshall Islands. Vai Jungblut, Associate Ramsar Officer based at SPREP in Samoa, writes: "1) The RMIEPA (Ramsar NAA) forwarded all the Wetland Day posters and materials to Jaluit High School where they reported that the students Environment Science Club did a major beach clean up activity in the community. The students together with the women members of the church NGOs carried out the clean up. 2) The students participated in a field trip to one of the Mangrove forests to collect seedlings for replanting a swamp area near their school campus. 3) The students along with their science teachers conducted school awareness on the importance of wetlands and as one of the productive ecosystems of the atoll. 4) At the national level, the RMIEPA gave a talk on the their weekly radio program to inform the public of World Wetlands Day and RMI's membership in the Ramsar Convention."
Mauritius 1. Ramsar's Abou Bamba, Senior Advisor for Africa, delivered a talk at WWD celebrations in Mauritius, sponsored by the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Fisheries, 5-6 February 2007. 2. "The National Workshop on Wetlands was organized in the framework of the World Wetland Day 2007 celebration, which had quite impressive media coverage. It was organized by the National Parks and Conservation Service, the Ramsar Administrative Authority, and brought together about 80 participants among which government officials (including the Minister in charge of wetlands), scientists, NGOs, students, etc."
Mauritius 2.Kheswar Beeharry Panray, CEO- EPCO, writes: "I am sending you a report of the activities that our NGO has organised in the context of World Wetlands Day 2007 celebrations. Please, refer to attachments for report and photos. If ever you need the photos seperately, I can gladly mail them to you again. Being a member of the National Ramsar Committee, I am aware that a seminar was also organised on the 5th and 6th of February at the University Of Mauritius, where I met your colleague, Mr. Abou Bamba. Report of the seminar will be forwarded to you by the government focal point. Thank you." Report of WWD activities, report of Apple Snail Hand Picking Activity on WWD.
Mexico 1 . Efrain Ruiz Arechiga, Vice-presidente Salvemos el Lago A.C., está escribiendo: "Este dia 2 de Febrero se celebro el Dia Mundial de los Humedales en Villa Corona Jalisco a las orillas de el Lago de Atotoniclo conocido como Villa Corona tambien. Se dieron conferencias por diferentes especialistas (se adjunta el programa) y el evento tuvo muy buena difusion en prensa radio y television (se adjuntan articulos en los diarios de mayor circulacion). El evento estuvo organizado por Salvemos el Lago A.C. y la Asociacion de Proteccion de Humedales de el Gobierno de Jalisco." Fotos.
Mexico 2.Manuel De Jesùs Hernàndez Ancheita está escribiendo: "Se llevo a cabo el evento en centros de estudio de Palenque y Catazaja en el estado de Chiapas, en los humedales que forman el rio usumacinta les anexo aluna parte de lo que se esta realizando en estos humedales y la presentacion sintetizada." Aquí.
Mexico 3.Arturo Peña, Conanp/México, está escribiendo: "Estimados miembros Ramsar, reciban cordiales saludos. Me permito anexarles un texto Word donde se explica la celebración del WWD 2007 en México. Con la intención de que sea publicado en la sección de News de la página de Ramsar. Destaco su atención, sobre la designación de 2 nuevos sitios, dando un total de 67 sitios en México. . . .. La info sobre los dos sitios designados está en el documento Word. Con atentos saludos, Arturo Peña." Aquí.
Mexico 4.Paloma Alejandra Valdivia Jiménez, Coordinadora de Educación, Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Océanos, Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, está escribiendo: "Lo que el CEDO planea realizar este próximo día de los humedales es la inauguración de un restaurant que se encuentra ubicado en un humedal local (Estero Morúa), en el cual se invitará a las autoridades locales y otros miembros de la comunidad (incluyendo clubs ecológicos y escuelas). Este restaurant lo construyo la cooperativa ostrícola "Única de Mujeres" con ayuda financiera del CEDO." Más.
Mexico 5.Lina Nah Rosas, RB Los Petenes, Campeche, está escribiendo: "Por este medio, les envio el informe de actividades realizadas en la conmemoracion del 2 de febrero "dia internacional de los humedales" de la Reserva de la Biosfera Los Petenes (Sitio Ramsar No. 1354) de la Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas, Mexico. Las actividades fueron muy sencillas, pero importantes ya que nos permiten invitar a participar a niños de todas las edades en los serios problemas ambientales que tiene nuestro planeta. De esta manera, agradecemos los materiales enviados por la Convencion Ramsar, ya que fueron de mucha utilidad para desarrollar nuestras actividades. Hasta pronto y reciban un cordial saludos, desde Campeche, Mexico." PDF
Mexico 6. Juana Delgado Quintana, Responsable, Educacion y Cultura Ambiental, Ocean. Rafael Garcia de Quevedo Machain, está escribiendo: "Somos del Municipio de Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico y queremos compartir con ustedes que estamos organizando una Limpieza de Manglares, con la participacion ciudadana; y un Foro "Turismo y Humedales", con expertos de la region sobre estos temas de los humadales. Como ustedes talvez saben, Puerto Vallarta, es un sitio turístico, por eso damos enfásis al turismo. Pero lo idea principal, es poner en tema los Humedales de Puerto Vallarta, y sobre todo, protegerlos y conservarlos, que ya nos quedan muy pocos. Nos interesa saber, si ustedes manejan un directorio de eventos, que se esten dando en el mundo, o en Mexico, Para poder incluir nuestras actividades, y ademas conocer los otros esfuerzos que se estan realizando."
Mexico 7.Aline Gameros Durán, Enlace de Sistemas, SEMARNAT, Nayarit, está escribiendo "Por instrucciones del Ing. Armando Zepeda Carrillo, Delegado Federal de SEMARNAT en el Estado de Nayarit, adjunto envío el informe de la conmemoración del Día Mundial de los Humedales 2007, llevada a cabo en el marco del Tercer Festival de las Aves Migratorias 2007 en el Puerto de San Blas el 2 de febrero y en las instalaciones de la Universidad Tecnológica de la Costa de Santiago Ixcuintla el día 12 del mismo mes. Se anexa un documento de texto con los detalles de dichos eventos y fotografías en formato de imagen."
Moldova. Ilya Trombitsky, Executive Director, Eco-TIRAS International Environmental Association of River Keepers (www.eco-tiras.org) in Chisinau, Moldova, writes: "on February 2 Eco-TIRAS, Biotica, together with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, organized a roundtable dedicated to WWD, inviting mass media. The current status of wetlands role, conservation and restoration was discussed as well as consequences of destruction of 80% of wetlands during last 50 years including for fishery in natural waters where catches dropped in more than 12 times. The most precious species of Sturionidae are lost. The roundtable discussion was widely reflected by TV and radio."
Montenegro.Marija Vugdelic (on behalf of Director, Mr. Zoran Mrdak), National park Skadar Lake, writes: "It is our pleasure to inform you that this year, National Park Skadar Lake, Montenegro, has for the first time organised an event to mark the WWD, and in such a way joined the global action for wetland conservation. On this date, we have organised a workshop with children on wetland values and sustainable fisheries, as well as a series of presentations on wetlands in general, and ornithofauna of Skadar Lake. We are sending you a more detailed report on this event, as well as the PDF of the brochure (in Montenegrin language) that we prepared and published on this occasion. We also include a brief summary of this year’s International Winter Census of birds on Skadar Lake, which gave good results in terms of the waterfowl numbers and diversity."
Morocco 1. Mme Hayat Mesbah, Chargée du suivi de la mise en oeuvre de la Convention au Maroc, écrit : "Le Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification a organisé une journée d'information et de sensibilisation à l'occasion de la journée mondiale des zones humides 2007 en collaboration avec l'Institut Scientifique de Rabat, le projet de coopération technique Maroco-Allemande et le WWF MedPo.
Vous trouverz, ci-joint, le compte rendu de la journée."
Morocco 2. Tejjeni Yahya, professeur, écrit: "Le C.L.E ou club laymoune pour l'environnement, est un club écolo. crée en 2003 par les élèves du lycée laymoune à BERKANE. ville du royaume du MAROC. . . . Chaque année le C.L.E célèbre la journée mondiale des zones humides en réalisant des activités de sensibilisation, au sein du lycée et au SIBE de l'emb. de la moulouya." Son rapport.
Morocco 3. Prof. Rachid Tellal écrit: "La Faculté des sciences de l'Université Chouaib Doukkali à la ville d'El Jadida au Maroc, célèbre avec la collaboration de l'Institut scientifique de Rabat, le GREPOM et le Haut Commissariat des eaux et forêts, la journée des zones humides 2007 par l'organisation des 4èmes journées internationales des zones humides au Maroc le 16 et 17 février 2007."
Myanmar. Soe Nyunt, Chairman, MBNS (Myanmar Bird and Nature Society), writes: "World Wetlands Day (Myanmar) 2007 is successfully celebrated on your guide line, led by our birding society (MBNS-Myanmar Bird and Nature Society). It was held on the exact Wetlands Day (2nd February 2007) in Yangon City at our society hall, which was displayed with all your (Ramsar) posters, stickers, wall sheets and leaflets for this recent year and back years also, and together with other conservation illustrations from international groups, but all are under your headline title (slogan) "Fish for Tomorrow"." Here is a brief illustrated report (PDF). And Thein Myint, Vice Chairman of the Society, sends this Ramsar poster in the local language.
Nepal 1. "WWF Nepal is supporting the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), which is the focal body for Ramsar Convention, together with several other organizations for the celebration of the event through various awareness raising activities in Nepal." Press release and poster here.
Nepal 2. Gandhiv Kafle of Wetland Friends of Nepal writes: "On the auspicious occasion of World Wetlands Day 2007 (Feb. 2), Wetland Friends of Nepal (WFN) organized a WWD celebration program among 40 participants including school students (from 3 schools), teachers and representatives of different organizations. The program was targeted to raise awareness on wetlands and biodiversity conservation among school students and teachers while celebrating WWD." Here is the brief report with photographs, as well as a WWD leaflet in English and Nepali (PDF).
Nepal 3. Reprint of an article by Deependra Joshi, IUCN Nepal, in The Kathmandu Post, 2 February 2007.
Nepal 4. "On the occasion of World Wetlands Day February 2, 2007, Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) along with other government and non-governmental partners like Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), IUCN Nepal, WWF Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), ICIMOD, WCN organised an Inaugural Ceremony followed by workshop on "Fish for Tomorrow" at Nepal Tourism Board, Bhirkutimandap, Kathmandu." Here is a brief report.
Nepal 5. The Friends of the Bagmati write: "The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), Nepal is leading a consortium for WWD 2007. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal, The World Conservation Union (IUCN Nepal), International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) are sponsoring the programs planned for this year’s celebration. Friends of the Bagmati (FoB) has developed an activity plan in consultations with the consortium members and facilitate the workshop scheduled for February 2, 2007. The "Workshop on Fish for Tomorrow?" will compile findings of issues and actions to be taken as a concrete step towards raising awareness as well as providing an opportunity for stakeholders at local and visitor levels to be active partners in wetlands management and development." Here is the rest of the press release.
Nepal 6. Nirmal Chaudhary, Environmental Science, M. Sc., Khwopa College, Bhaktapur, "We the students of Environmental Science of Masters level at Khwopa College in Bhaktapur organized One Day Seminar on Wetlands on the occasion of World Wetlands Day 2007, on 1st of February, 2007. Our themes were Wetland and Fisheries; Wetland and livelihood; Wetland and Policy; Wetland and Conservation. On the behalf of the Seminar Organizing Committee, I thank the bureau for sending us the package material for the Wetland Day 2007 celeberation. Our program was successful and the report of the program is been attached here."
Nepal 7.Achyut Dahal, Coordinator, Nepal River Conservation Trust, Thamel, Kathmandu, writes: "Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT) organized a national workshop on 2nd February on the occasion of World Wetlands Day 2007. The main theme of the workshop was "Conserving Nepalese Wetlands: Sharing experiences and building partnership". The program was conducted in association with different organizations like Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board, Sustainable Tourism Network, National Trust for Nature Conservation, Environmentalists Association of Nepal. The full report is attached (PDF)."
Netherlands.The Socio-economics of wetlands valuation - New publication in Spanish from Wetlands International. Wetlands International wishes to join the celebration of WWD by launching its recently published booklet on The Socio-economics of Wetlands Valuation in Latin America and the Caribbean. This publication explains in a simple way the fundamentals of the socioeconomic valuation of wetlands and its role in decision making processes highlighted by five case studies from the region (Peru, Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina and Guatemala). For more information and to download the publication please visit http://www.wetlands.org/publications.aspx. You can also contact Wetlands International for a hard copy of this publication. Wetlands International thanks the Netherlands Committee of the IUCN for its financial support to this publication.
New Zealand 1. Helen Bain, Communications Officer, writes: "The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society was out in force on World Wetlands Day letting people in New Zealand's capital city Wellington know how wonderful wetlands are. Forest & Bird, along with other conservation organisations, put on displays and gave visitors information about how they can help look after our wetlands. Given that 90% of New Zealand's wetlands have been destroyed, the protection of those remaining is particularly important. The setting for the day was Waitangi Park on Wellington's harbour waterfront, where an extensive wetland has been re-created in the heart of the city - showing the many visitors to the park how beautiful wetlands can be, and what an important contribution they can make to our environment." Photo here.
New Zealand 2.Tim Parks, Biodiversity and Wetlands Policy Advisor, Environmental Management Division, Greater Wellington - Regional Council, writes: "To celebrate World Wetlands Day, Greater Wellington held an information day at Waitangi Park on Friday, 2nd February. World Wetlands Day is an international celebration to raise awareness of the value and benefits of wetlands. Over 100 people came along to find out how they can help protect and restore wetlands, and how they can get involved in a wetland project. Representatives from Wraight & Associates, the landscape architects who designed the Waitangi Park wetland, took four large groups tours around the park explaining the design of the wetlands and how they treat the stormwater that flows into it." Here is a brief illustrated report.
Nicaragua. Lic. Fernando Ramírez A., Asistente de gerencia, Audubon de Nicaragua (ASAAN), está escriendo: "Le estamos enviando un pequeño articulo de la actividad III feria de los Productos del Humedal de Tisma en celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales; celebrada el pasado 1 y 2 de febrero del corriente. Si necesita le enviemos en formato word la información con gusto se lo enviamos, existen otras fotos si necesitan otras tambien con mucho gusto se las enviamos."
Nigeria 1.Anu Akinola (Mrs), Senior Conservation Officer, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (www. ncfnigeria.org), Victoria Island, Lagos, writes: "The Nigerian Conservation Foundation joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Wetlands Day (WWD) on Friday February 2, 2007. An outreach was organised in collaboration with conservation club members of the Atlantic Hall Epe to Oko Orisun, a fishing community also in Epe Lagos State". Here is the brief report, with photographs and two brilliant posters.
Nigeria 2. Mr Kelechi Eleanya, Programme Officer, Natural Resources management, Akassa Development Foundation, Akassa in Bayelsa State, has sent this brief illustrated report on the WWD celebration in the Akassa wetlands of Nigeria (PDF).
Norway. Alastair Brown, Dokka Delta National Wetlands Centre, writes: "Hi! Here is some information about our WWD lecture. The Dokka Delta National Wetlands Centre and Randsfjordmuseene organised a lecture at Lands Museum (one of the 3 museums that make up Randsfjordmuseene). Biologist John Øyvind Albertsen (see enclosed photo) gave an illustrated talk about the doctoral research he carried out in on the swans and wetlands in East Hokkaido in Japan, with special focus on Lake Akkeshi and the Akkeshi wetlands centre. This was a very international theme, which we think fitted in with it being a world wetland day. Even more appropriate - it coincided with the announcement of the findings from the U.N Climate Report group." Photos here.
Pakistan. The Ministry of Environment's Pakistan Wetlands Programme has produced World Wetlands Day do-it-yourself fish using fish indigenous to that region, and has redesigned the Ramsar WWD poster for the same purpose. Brilliant work: here are photos. The full report of the 2nd of February Wetland Festival is here, and here are additional photos of the children's stage play and the art contest.
Panamá. Eunith González Amores, Secretaria de GITEC, está escribiendo: "Le escribo para informarle que el sábado 10 de Febrero celebramos el Día Mundial de los Humedales en Puerto Limón, en el Pilón, Distrito de Montijo....estoy preparando el Informe de esta actividad, mientras le envio unas fotos del evento, que quedo excelente." Aquí.
Perú 1.Orlando Delgado Vicuña está escribiendo: "Es importante para nuestro Humedal como es la Reserva Nacional de Junin, desarrollar actividades conjuntas con los actores directo como son las Comunidades Campesinas, toda vez que para ellos "El Dia Mundial de los Humedales", es un dia de sensibilización para la protección de los ecosistemas frágiles. Particpan: Autoridades gubernamentales, organizaciones de conservación (INRENA) y pueblos circundante al lago Junín." Informe.
Perú 2. Coral Calvo Vargas, Asociación ANDES, Cusco, está escribiendo: "Buenas tardes, adjunto al presente, remitimos el reporte de la celebración que realizamos en el Humedal Lucre-Huacarpay, 11º Sitio Ramsar Peruano." Aquí.
Philippines 1. The Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (SCPW) had an early celebration of World Wetlands Day. The theme this year, Fish for Tomorrow, touches everyone.. it is making sure that there will be fish for the future. That is the message that the Wetlands Caravan of SCPW is promoting in Taal Lake. Here is the brief report with photos.
Philippines 2.Yasmin R. O. Caparas, OIC, Regional Public Affairs Office, DENR Calabarzon Region, writes: "Thank you very much for the materials you sent for the celebration of World Wetlands Day. They will be truly useful to us. I especially appreciate the CD with the flash movie on "fish tomorrow" as we may be able to show it to students when we conduct information and education campaign on the importance of wetlands.Again, thank you very much and more power!"
Philippines 3. A "Wetland Awareness Orientation & Poster & Slogan Contests" was held with students of Sebaca National High School, Zamboanga del Norte, sponsored by the Partnership for Rural & Technical Services Inc (PARTS) and Oroquieta City, Mindanao. Here is a brief report.
Poland.Ewa Wiatr, Biebrza National Park, writes: "There is a popular proverb in Poland saying that "Kids and fish have no rights to speak". During the WWD the participants have proved that this proverb is not a truth anymore. This year Biebrza NP organized WWD which was addressed to school pupils aged 6-13 who lived in the immediate vicinity of the Park. We went out together to the neighboring Ramsar site which was the Wigry National Park to learn more about the project on fish protection. The participants had an extraordinary opportunity to visit fish hatchery (existing since 1926) that supports Wigry lake with new fish generation of rare species." Further details, and photos of kids dressed as fishes.
Portugal 1.Emília Paula Silva, Instituto da Conservação da Natureza, Direcção de Serviços de Conservação da Natureza, writes: "We are sending you in attachment our report on the WWD2007 activities that took place in Portugal, together with some photos. The National Authority for the Ramsar Convention (ICN) promoted once again a full week of events around the WWD. This year we had the pleasure to work together with other institutions that showed their interest in organizing local events, and so the global programme was very rich and diverse. Some of the Ramsar material was translated into Portuguese (the do-it-yourself fish, the web animation and the message from the Secretariat) and a brochure, an animation and several texts were distributed in order to inform the public on the importance of wetlands, the role of the Ramsar Convention, the variety of designated Ramsar Sites in Portugal and the theme for 2007 'Fish for Tomorrow?'. The report is in word format and the photos in jpg. You can lay them as you wish - we just would like to show the different kinds of public and events." Here is the report.
Portugal 2.Rosa Peiruza est escribiendo: "Buenas tardes: Somos un grupo de personas que a modo de voluntariado estamos dirigiendo un antiguo y abandonado Puesto de Turismo, mismo en frente del Sitio Ramsar Nº 1616 (Polje de Mira-Minde), Concelho Alcanena Distrito Santarem. Recientemente editamos un conjunto de postales de nuestro Polje asi como una explicación de lo que es este humedal. El dia 2 de Febrero queremos conmemorar el dia Mundial de los Humedales con una exposición fotografia y algun evento mas."
Romania 1. "There is a very nice article – press release – about WWD activities in the Oradea district/ Apuseni Mountains/ Carpathians in Romania. The group 'Nymphaea' (water lily) has prepared several events. A number of primary schools have prepared further events with representation from local authorities, Museums and other administrations. Maybe you want to have a direct look on the article at: http://www.oradea.ro/stire/Ziua-Zonelor-Umede%3Cco%3E-sarbatorita-de-micii-ecologisti/2522.html."
Romania 2. Vasilica Pavel, Colegiul Tehnic "Henri Coanda" in Tulcea, writes: "Our school developed WW Day 2007 in a good atmosphere.The children of the primary school have watched the animation, have listened to the explanations.The theme is easy to understand because we live near wetlands; fishery is not just a hobby but a way of life for many of their relatives.The works (drawings,paintures) made are just amazing and I sent a few for you, posted on the Secretariat's adress. My colleagues and some of the parents participated at this action, like real partners, which I can say it was a success-we thank SUPERFISH !! Our school manager is supporting every educative activity, a fact which gave a big improvement to our work on the matter day by day." Here are some photographs.
Romania 3.Liliana Ivancenco, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (Environmental education, Information, Visitor Centres Department), Tulcea, writes: "Please find attached to this message a short report on the activities that Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority/ Tulcea -Romania organized for the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2007. Many thanks to Mrs. Dorothea August who kindly helped us by sending all the support materials that your organisation prepared for this occasion." Here is the report (PDF).
Romania 4.George Caracas, Waste Management Information and Education Center (WMIEC), writes: "In attachment I send a short report about WWD 2007, which we celebrated with the celebrated the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority(DDBRA), and a message for the Ramsar Secretariat from WMIEC volunteers. If you need more details please feel free to contact me." Here.
St Vincent and the Grenadines 1.Lisa Sorenson writes: "I am passing on to you a report of WWD activities in Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines carried out by the "Environmental Attackers of Union Island" - a local NGO that focuses on clean-ups of beach and wetland areas. We (the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, West Indian Whistling-Duck and Wetlands Conservation Project) are embarking on a wetlands restoration project in Union Island together with the Sustainable Grenadines Project and other local NGOs. Right now we are in the planning phase to restore an important lagoon damaged by a failed marina development. We met Katrina Collins of Environmental Attackers this past December when we visited Union Island for stakeholder meetings. Katrina was very enthusiastic about getting involved in the project and immediately offered to organize a clean-up of the Ashton Lagoon area for World Wetlands Day and to raise awareness about the lagoon. We provided a small amount of funding to help cover costs of supplies for the clean-up. As you can see from the attached report and photos they did a terrific job."
St Vincent and the Grenadines 2. Lystra Culzac-Wilson writes: "Greetings colleagues. Please see attached a brief on the WWD celebrations that took place on Mustique on February 2, 2007. Mustique is located within St. Vincent and the Grenadines (13o15 N, 61o12 W) in the Caribbean. Activities for the Mustique and Messellia Primary schools' WWD celebrations included bird-watching (bird lists, counts, observing activity), mangrove species identification and observing the 'creatures' that inhabit the wetland. There were also discussions and games about the reason for and importance of World Wetlands Day and wetland habitats." The brief illustrated report can be found here.
Samoa.Vainuupo Jungblut, Associate Ramsar Officer at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Apia, writes: "Hi Pragati - Please find attached some photos and a press release for WWD2007 in Samoa. SPREP collaborated with the Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Meteortology (MNREM) to promote a educational mangrove kit for schools. The attached release provides further details of the mangrove kit. I am also awaiting a summary and some photos from the Fiji WWD commemorations." Here are the press release and photos.
Senegal.John Lucas Eichelsheim, IDEE Casamance, écrit: "Le 02 févrer 2007, journée mondiale des zones humides célébrée à Ziguinchor, capitale régionale de la région de Ziguinchor au Sud du Sénégal, partie de la région naturelle de Casamance. IDEE Casamance a utilisé le thème de l'année 2007 "du poisson pour demain ?" pour organiser une journée de réflexion sur l'installation d'une certification pour la crevette sauvage en Casamance et une activité ad hoc et symbolique de substitution de 30 filets prohibés (fabriqué avec du mono-filament ou composés de maille trop petites) contre des filets autorisés fournis par IDEE Casamance. Ont participé à cette journée la Gouvernance, le Conseil Régional, le Service Régional des Peches et de la Surveillance et un nombre important de pecheurs, mareyeurs et femmes transformatrices." Photos.
Serbia.Nikola Stojnic writes: "Here are some photos from celebration of World Wetlands day in Serbia, held in Institute for Nature Conservation, Department in Novi Sad, February 2nd, 2007."
Seychelles. Dr. Pugazhendhi Murugaiyan, Wetlands & Rivers, Department of Environment, Mahe, writes: "World Wetlands Day was celebrated in Seychelles in all the four major islands Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette this year. That day's main functions were held on Mahe, at the Anse Intendance Wetlands area - where the five star Hotel Banyan Tree Resorts & Spa is located. Selected School children from all the 8 Secondary Schools took part together with the Primary school children from the Anse Intendance wetlands area. Nearly seventy participants altogether took part in the event." Here is the report with photographs.
Slovakia.László Haraszthy, Hungarian State Secretary for Nature and Environment Protection, notified the Secretariat that "In 2007, the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water celebrated World Wetlands Day together with representatives from the Slovak Ministry of Environment. The event was held at the headquarters of the Aggtelek National Park Directorate in Jósvafo, next to the famous subterranean transboundary Ramsar site, Baradla - Domica Cave System." Here is the report, with photographs.
Slovenia 1 . Stanka Dešnik, Nature park Goricko and TABRIH, writes: "I'm sending you short Report about our activities on Ramsar day 2007 - 2.02 and 4.02. Please put it under the activities in Slovenia and also Austria, because the 4. of February was organised the walking day at the river Mura on the border between Slovenia and Austria. Thank you very much for your support." Here it is (PDF).
Slovenia 2.Nina Kopcavar, Notranjski regijski park, writes: "On 2. february 2007 the State Secretary of Ministry for Environment and Space Marko Starman signed a contract for subsidising two LIFE - Nature 2006 projects - Intermittent Cerknica Lake and Conservation of the biodiversity of the Mura river (BIOMURA). Some awareness-building workshops were undertaken on primary schools and there was also a presentation of a new book from Paul Veenvlieta and Jana Kus Veenvliet Fish of Slovene continental waters." Photographs and further details.
South Africa 1.Trish Raath, NWR Administrator, Irene, writes: "Northern Wetland Rehabilitation (NWR) is a South African section 21 company, funded through the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), with a specific two-fold purpose: 1) the restoration of wetlands and 2) poverty relief, through the employment of previously disadvantaged communities (particularly women). NWR has been operating in and around the Tshwane area for the more than three years, with projects in Soshanguve, Kaalspruit and Rietvlei. The celebration of World Wetlands Day is an important event on the company's calendar, says Implementer, Roger Browne. "Every year we try to make our event educational and informative, as well as fun for our teams, which work in harsh conditions through much of the year." This year, NWR held its event at Rietvlei Nature Reserve, 5km east of Irene, in Gauteng, South Africa. This is a particularly apt choice of location, as the reserve is home to natural wetlands, approximately 8 kilometres long, and in places up to 800m wide." Here is the report and photographs.
South Africa 2.Shaune Rogatschnig, Communications Co-ordinator, Wildlife and Environment Society of SA: Western Cape Region, writes: "Please could you include on the Ramsar Website the attached report on the activities at Rondevlei Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa for World Wetlands Day 2007. Many thanks."
South Africa 3. The Working for Wetlands monthly newsletter, The Gumboot, contains in its January 2007 issue a long WWD article on fisheries in South Africa and a listing of WWD activities planned around the country. Extracts here.
South Africa 4. "Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Rejoice Mabudafhasi joined about 80 special guests in Knysna on February 2nd to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2007. With this year's theme being Fish for Tomorrow? dozens of celebrations countrywide drew attention to the role that wetlands play in maintaining healthy fish stocks. In Knysna government, civil society and the private sector joined forces to highlight concerns and action around estuary management with specific focus on the Knysna Estuary." Here is the brief report (PDF) with photos, from the Working for Wetlands monthly newsletter, The Gumboot, in its February 2007 issue
Spain 1. Joan Miró, Departament Educació-Divulgació, Jardí Botànic de Sóller (www.jardibotanicdesoller.org), está escribiendo: "El pasado viernes 2 de febrero el Jardí Botànic de Sóller (España) celebró el Día Mundial de los Humedales con la finalidad de contribuir a la preservación de estos espacios. La conmemoración de este Día Mundial se coordina desde la secretaria de Ramsar (convención internacional sobre los humedales). Este día en el Jardín Botánico se realizaron actividades para los alumnos de quinto curso de primaria que visitaban el Jardín. Los participantes, del Colegio CIDE, realizaron diversas actividades en el Jardín i en el aula de audiovisuales con la finalidad de conocer algunas plantas de los humedales de las Islas Baleares, también pudieron aprender que con la creación de áreas húmedas y con la conservación de las antiguas acequias, se pueden mantener y conservar estas plantas en el Jardín Botánico." Fotos.
Spain 2. Pere Tomas Vives, Tour du Valat in Mallorca, sent this notice about the s'Albufera de Mallorca Ramsar site in the Balearic Islands: "Friday, 2 Feb 2007. Celebrating the World Wetlands Day 2007. ACTIVITY: “Sounds from the infinite”: sounds and colours, a winter afternoon at s'Albufera. Guided tour for sunset enjoyment, bird watching and listening to the sounds of s'Albufera marshes. Place: Sa Roca, Time: 17’00 a 21’00 h. Suggestions: warm clothes and walking boots. Parc Natural de s’Albufera de Mallorca."
Spain 3.Julián Mª Cano Villanueva está escribiendo: "Estimados amigos: En el Instituto Español Lope de Vega de Nador, en Marruecos, hemos celebrado el día mundial de los humedales con las siguientes actividades: 1. Proyección de un power point continuo en el vestíbulo del Centro durante todo el día, referente a la importancia de los humedales, sus valores y la convención Ramsar. 2. Colocación de los carteles enviados al Centro por Ramsar y reparto de las pegatinas conmemorativas de este día. 3. Excursión por la Mar Chica, albufera de gran riqueza ecológica, con los alumnos del Taller de Medio Ambiente. 4. Asistencia y trabajo en la Jornada de información y sensibilización sobre la gestión integrada de zonas costeras organizada por el proyecto Cap-Nador, en la cámara de comercio de la localidad, y apoyada por la asociación de enseñantes de las ciencias de la vida y de la tierra (AESVT). Esperando que este día internacional sea cada vez más celebrado y ello tenga buenas consecuencas para los humedales, se despide atentamente: Julián Mª Cano Villanueva, Jefe de Estudios y profesor responsable de la Ecoescuela del IE Lope de Vega de Nador (Marruecos)."
Spain 4.Samantha Pastor, Monitora de Educación Ambiental, Parque Natural de El Hondo, writes: "I send you the World Wetlands Day report with all the activities we have done in our park. Please, let me know if you need the translation into English . We would like participate next year in all the activities you organise. Please, let me know and send all the information we need. Thank you very much indeed." Here is the report (PDF) with great photos of kids making the WWD fish.
Spain 5. From the Colegio Público "Manuel Fernández Juncos", Ribadesella (Asturias): "Se adjunta documento con la actividad a realizar en el Centro con motivo del Día Mundial de los Humedales. Un saludo."
Spain 6.Jordi Brú, Responsable del Área de Naturaleza, Vigiláncia y Control, está escribiendo: "Apreciados amigos, les adjuntamos el documento en el que se incluyen las actividades realizadas por nuestra organización (Mediterrània-CIE) en commemoración del Dia Mundial de los Humedales 2007. Animamos a todo el mundo a difundir y participar de la importancia de los humedales."
Spain 7.Cristina Orovio Melero, Guía del Centro del Agua, Delegación de Medio Ambiente, Ayuntamiento de Daimiel, está escribiendo: "Les adjunto una carpeta con las actividades que se han realizado en el Centro de Interpretación del Agua y los Humedales Manchegos, dependiente del Ayuntamiento de Daimiel. Con motivo del Día Mundial de los Humedales 2007. El cual venimos celebrando desde el 1996."
Spain 8. Maria Eugenia Calvo Rodriguez, Directora General de Montes y Conservación de la Naturaleza, Santander, está escribiendo: "La Consejería de Ganadería Agricultura y Pesca del Gobierno de Cantabria, celebró por cuarto año consecutivo, el Día Mundial de los Humedales 2007 con diversas actuaciones realizadas en el entorno del estuario del Río Miera (Ría de Cubas)." Informe.
Spain 9.Xarles Cepeda, La Reserva de la Biosfera de Urdaibai, Gernika, está escribiendo: "te enviaré información de los carteles y materiales anunciadores del dia mundial de los humedales y alguna foto de dichos eventos ya que el cartel de este año está preparandose en imprenta aún. No obstante, en cuanto este preparado os lo enviaremos." Aquí.
Sri Lanka 1.Nadia Manning of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a Ramsar partner, sends word of WWD activities at their headquarters in Colombo and around the world: "Welcome to the IWMI Fish Bowl: Report on WWD07 Activities at IWMI HQ". For World Wetlands Day (WWD) 2007, themed 'Wetlands and Fisheries', a small activity was set up in IWMI. HQ, Sri Lanka, with the aim of raising awareness internally for both research and non-research staff. On arriving at work on WWD, the staff of IWMI were greeted at all of the entrance ways and coffee areas with an array of beautiful (paper) fish, each bearing a message or fact about fisheries and wetlands. Copies of the 'Fish for Tomorrow?' poster as well as the message from the Secretariat were also posted widely around the building. An email containing the message from the Secretariat was sent to IWMI staff worldwide. An additional email was circulated to staff in IWMI HQ, inviting them to the WWD 07 celebrations and awareness-raising activity that had been planned." Here is the full report (PDF).
Sri Lanka 2. Lal Emmanuel, Director, Nagenahiru Foundation, writes: "Nagenahiru Foundation in Sri Lanka is a non-profit organization operating for the protection, conservation, restoration and education on Sri Lanka wetlands; it is strongly supported and facilitated by the Global Nature Fund in Germany and a member of the Living Lakes Forum. We will be conducting the following two programs to celebrate World Wetland Day - 2007. 1) A workshop on Values and Functions of wetlands, organized with collaboration of the Department of WildLife and Sri Lanka Nature Forum. The work shop will be held in Colombo and a final report of the workshop Proceedings which includes a NGO directory operating in the field of wetlands in Sri Lanka will be published by Nagenahiru as a base to develop a NGO Network on Wetland in sri Lanka. 2) Conducting a workshop for Lake Fishermen in Maduganga Sri Lanka to demostrate the advantages and enviromental and socio-economic benefits of the recently introduced solar-powered LED technology to eliminate the harmful effect of using kerosene lamps for Night Fishing. - a project facilitated by Global Nature Fund with funding assistance from GTZand the European Commission."
St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.Natalia Collier, President, Environmental Protection In the Caribbean (EPIC), writes: "I have attached the local paper's (Daily Herald) editorial, along with our press release for the day and the associated art contest. We would be happy to receive any extra outreach materials you have from this year as we have a year long lagoon conservation project underway. Thank you." Press clippings.
Suriname 1.Margarita Astrálaga, Ramsar Senior Advisor for the Americas, participated in WWD activities on 2 February in the Nickerie District of Suriname, and visiting the Ramsar site and other wetlands on the surrounding days. Here is the illustrated report.
Suriname 2.Hesdy Esajas, NB Education Coordinator, Ministery of Physical Planning, Land and Forest Management, writes: "I have sent the electronic images of the WWD material you asked for. This material includes pens, a bookmark, a sticker and a questbook. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of the poster translated in Dutch. There is also a preview of the activities of Mrs. Astrálaga during her visit in Suriname. I hope this will be of much use to you." Here it is (PDF).
Switzerland 1.Tobias Salathé of Ramsar is participating on the "conférence-débat" on the status of Lake Geneva/Lac Léman fisheries and celebration of the Ramsar anniversary, 3 February, Musée du Léman, Nyon, Switzerland.
Switzerland 2.Valerie Higgins and Ramsar regional assistants Dorothea August, Mila Llorens, Evelyn Moloko, Lucia Scodanibbio, and Pragati Tuladhar are participating in the city of Geneva, Switzerland's WWD celebrations on the Jetée des Pâquis, Sunday, 4 February. Report from the Canton of Geneva (PDF).
Switzerland 3.Vanessa Ischi Kaplan écrit, "Bonjour, vous trouverez ci-joint le rapport de la journée mondiale des zones humides du Centre Nature de la Pointe-à-la-Bise de Pro Natura Genève. Meilleures salutations."
Switzerland 4.Tobias Salathé and Dorothea August, Senior and Assistant Advisors for Europe, participated in a joint WWD celebration at the Lac du Bourget Ramsar site in France, 1-2 February, sponsored by the Conservatoire du patrimoine naturel de la Savoie and the Groupe d'étude et de gestion de la Grande Cariçaie, with the signing of a formal twinning agreement between the Lac du Bourget Ramsar site and the Rive sud du lac de Neuchâtel Ramsar site at Grande Cariçaie in Switzerland. Additional press clippings.
Tanzania.Victoria Ferdinand, Ramsar's NGO CEPA Focal Point from the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, writes of the Society's collaboration with the Ramsar Administrative Authority, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, for WWD 2007. The full report (PDF) includes details of their awareness materials, a campaign and training on sustainable fisheries for teachers and fishermen's organisations, a birdwatching excursion, and their publicity work with radio stations, newspapers and national television.
Thailand. Radda Larpnun, Communications Manager for WWF Thailand, writes: "The Governor of Nong Khai province, the Conservation Director of WWF Greater Mekong Thailand Country Programme, government agencies and local communities came together to celebrate the year of His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday as well as the World Wetland Day on February 2nd, 2007. Participants commemorated this event by releasing 1 million fish into Beung Kong Long lake and announced their commitment to protect the wetland based upon the wise use principles outlined in the internationally Ramsar convention." Here's a brief report (PDF).
Uganda.Paul Mafabi, Assistant Commission, Wetlands Inspection Division, sends a brief report of extensive WWD activities around the country. "On 2nd February 2007, Uganda joined the rest of the international community to commemorate World Wetlands Day. . . . Various institutions and communities joined the Government of Uganda to commemorate the day by sharing ideas about the link between Wetlands and Fisheries. These included, Non Government Organisations, Nature Uganda, Environmental Alert, Wildlife Clubs of Uganda and Environmental Teachers' Association (ENVITA). Main highlights: Public Dialogue and National Launch of Nine Ramsar Sites; Commissioning of Mabamba Ramsar Site; Launch of the Children's Wetlands and Fisheries Education Initiative; Mass media campaigns; Ministerial Address". Here are the details.And here are the photos of the Mabamba Bay celebrations.
Ukraine. The Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station sends word that "This year as always we prepare to the forthcoming World Wetlands Day. Among our events are a career-guidance work and ecological-educational Action "World Wetlands Day". These activities are planned to be in a school of Primorsk City (as it is situated next to the wetland of international importance "Obitochnyy Bay and Obitochnaya Spit"), and are organized by joint efforts of Melitopol Pedagogical University, Scientific Research Institute of Biodiversity of Land and Water Ecosystems of Ukraine, Regional Pedagogical Lyceum "Tvorchestvo", and NGO "Laguna". Participants are Primorsk District Council, local authorities of Primorsk District, Department of Popular Schooling of Primorsk District, the Public Enterprise "Primorsk Forestry", School N 2, directors of city schools and teachers of biology of the district. The programme includes: - information about the origin of World Wetlands Day and Ramsar Convention (multimedia presentation, posters, videofilm); - "Obitochnyy Bay and Obitochnaya Spit - a Jewel of Priazovie"- presentation of the wetland of international importance (multimedia presentation, posters, booklets); -a thematic lesson for pupils "Present and Future of the Reserved Wetland "Obitochnyy Bay and Obitochnaya Spit" (thematic journals, plan of the lesson, multimedia presentation, posters, audioclips, videofilms). -extracurricular lesson "Along Untrodden Paths in the Neighbourhood" (plan of the lesson, multimedia presentation, posters, audioclips, videofilms, competitions, games), etc. We will keep you informed about all these and give the detailed information. Wish you the best celebration!" Here is the subsequent, well-illustrated report.
United Kingdom 1. Harriet Greene, Policy Researcher, The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) in London, writes: "Please find attached a short article about CIWEM’s recent conference celebrating World Wetlands Day 2007. The conference was opened by Barry Gardiner MP, Minister for Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs who identified wetlands as an invaluable resource. The photo is of the Minister addressing the conference delegates."
United Kingdom 2.Michael Smart, Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention just before that title was invented, writes: "You were so kind as to invite comments on what the people of the world had done to celebrate World Wetlands Day. For my part, I spent the days leading up to the great wetlandsfest finalizing the project to designate 19 new Ramsar sites in Tunisia; all that is now required (thanks to great support from the Tunisian authorities) is the green light from the Ramsar Bureau; it will be a splendid addition, with a diverse and large addition to the Ramsar portfolio. I also spent some time preparing for a forthcoming visit to Libya, which I hope will also end in the designation of new Ramsar sites. On Wetlands Eve, I sent greetings to the Founding Fathers of the Convention, Eskandar Firouz, Geoffrey Matthews and Luc Hoffmann, not to mention key figures like Derek Scott and Jamshid Mansoori. And on the day itself, I spent a wonderful morning in my local wetland (thinking globally and acting locally); weather springlike, floods dropping, still plenty of wintering ducks and, best of all, six wild Whooper Swans of the Icelandic population."
United Kingdom 3.Caroline Frances-King and Malcolm Whitehead have provided a summary report on the activities at all nine Wildfowl and Wetland Trust centres in the UK and two more detailed reports on WWD at the London Wetland Centre, detailing activities for adults and children during the three-day event at the centre as well as the background material prepared on the WWD theme. The summary report, London Wetland Centre 1 and London Wetland Centre 2 (PDF)
United Kingdom 4, Northern Ireland.Karen Healy, Environmental Officer, writes: "Please find attached, a diary and photos from Creggan Country Park's first ever World Wetlands Day event. We are a unique wetland in that we are located in the centre of the Creggan Estate - a densely populated urban area in Derry, Northern Ireland. Our wetlands consist of species rich wet grassland and three reservoirs, all of which are host to diverse flora and fauna. We are proud of our wetlands and aim to promote their importance and uses within the local community and around the City of Derry. For this reason we decided it was time to host our first ever World Wetlands Day event!" Here's the brief report.
United States 1.Royal Gardner, Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida (and Ramsar STRP member) says that "To celebrate World Wetlands Day, Stetson University College of Law will be webcasting a lecture on Florida wetlands and fisheries. To view the webcast live, please go to www.law.stetson.edu at 12:15 p.m. EST on Friday, February 2, and follow the log-in instructions." -- World Wetlands Day Lecture: Wetlands and fisheries: a Florida perspective, Luiz Barbieri, Program Administrator, Marine Fisheries Research, FWC - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
United States 2. Lisa L. Noble, America's WETLAND: Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana, writes: "Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco issued a proclamation today, in honor of World Wetlands Day, urging our citizens to learn more about how comprehensive coastal protection includes both flood control and wetland restoration and to support efforts to raise awareness about the critical need for Louisiana to develop a sustainable coast. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the issue of Louisiana's coastal land loss was brought to the international stage. Louisiana is home to almost 6,000 square miles of coastal wetlands - an area known as America's WETLAND. The coastal wetlands are being lost at an alarming rate - over 230 square miles in the 1990's alone. This vanishing landscape of ecological significance supports and protects wildlife, communities, and the important energy infrastructure that clings to Louisiana's tattered coast. Attached is a PDF of the Proclamation."
United States 3.Marion Sansing of Friends of Noxubee Refuge sends this announcement: "Don't miss a World Wetlands Day Celebration at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Northeast Mississippi, USA. Friends of Noxubee Refuge and Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge are announcing their "Saturdays at the Refuge" program for February 3. This event is also part of the "Junior Refuge Ranger" program. For questions call the Refuge at (662) 323-5548 and ask for Andrea. FEBRUARY 3, 2007 -- CELEBRATE WORLD WETLANDS DAY AT NOXUBEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. Find out why wetlands are such an important habitat; recognize their important values and functions, such as flood control, groundwater replenishment, water purification, storm protection, and havens of biodiversity and cultural values. National Wildlife Refuges are home to about 46 million acres of all types of wetlands. Dr. John Guyton will be discussing a few of his favorite wetland plants their characteristics and uses and give you the chance to dissect a pitcher plant to see what it has eaten. Professor Jeanne Jones will lead a wetland walk on the refuge afterwards. Meet at the Visitor Center at Bluff Lake 10 a.m. - 1 p.m."
United States 4.Mildred Real, Chief Executive Officer of Common Ground for Conservation, a bilingual service that brings environmental news to both the anglophone and hispanic communities in the state of Florida, sends the organization's WWD press release in both English and Español. Aquí.
United States 5.Laura England, Outreach Programs Director, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, writes: "On WWD 2007, Wisconsin Wetlands Association held its 12th Annual Wetland Science Forum in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This 2-day conference convened more than 310 wetland enthusiasts (scientists, regulators, educators, professionals, conservationists, and others) from at least ten states to focus on the theme Riverine Wetlands: Connections, Corridors & Catchments through presentations, exhibits, posters, a working group session and field trips." Here's a brief illustrated report.
United States 6.Katie Brasted, Woodlands Trail and Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, writes: "In New Orleans, Louisiana on World Wetlands Day, 2007, Woodlands Trail and Park Board Members joined with their partners and corporate sponsors to release the design for Palmetto earrings created by the renown artist, Mignon Faget. Since the initial release of the Mignon Faget - Woodlands Trail and Park Palmetto pendant and lapel pin design on World Wetland Day, 2006, the "Palmetto" has been purchased in 12 parishes in Louisiana and 14 of the United States plus Washington, DC thus bringing increased attention to America's Wetlands and the smart growth efforts of Woodlands Trail and Park. See the attached Press Release."
United States 7.Zack Zdinak, Life Drawing & Education, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, writes: "For World Wetlands Day 2007 we ran a free public program "Fish for Today! Fish for Tomorrow?" on Saturday, February 3rd at the local Willow Bend Environmental Education Center. Several performances of a stick puppet show featuring 6 food fish species engaged children. For adults we exhibited interpretive posters and provided print outs of Ramsar's "Fish for tomorrow?" booklet. Several agencies in Arizona and Mexico contributed information and materials. To see images of the event, go to http://www.lifedraw.com/education/WWD2007/fishtoday.html."
United States 8.Margaret Flanagan, Maritime Educator, South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, writes: "Hello, I'd like to request World Wetlands Day materials for information and distribution here at South St. Seaport Museum. Our museum preserves and interprets the maritime history of New York, its local waterways, and our connection to the world through ocean waters. Marine science has become an integral part of our education programs because clean and productive waterways is an issue from the past, being managed now, with great influence on our future. We have structured education programs for school groups during the week and informal educational programs for visitors on the weekends. . . . I could use the pamphlet and fish activity from the web, but if you provide hard copies, I'll use those too. I plan to include wetlands education in at least 3 school programs the week of WWD and also have activities that Saturday."
United States, Puerto Rico.Gretchen Guzmán writes: "Puerto Rico celebrated it's first big Wetland Day February 2nd, 2007. We received 576 kids from K-12, from different schools of Cataño's Municipality. Their Municipality is 5 miles approx. of which 2.6 are wetlands. We had T-Shirts, posters and stickers with the Hoy, mañana y pasado mañana message. With us to celebrate the big day Environmental Protection Agency, USA Corps of Engineers, Department of Natural Resources, Club 4-H, and the San Juan Bay Estuary, and of course the Earth Balloon. After all it is International Wetlands Day." Here's her brief report and photographs of the kids and the Earth Balloon.
United States, Virgin Islands. Shona Paterson sends an illustrated PDF report of WWD activities at schools in St Croix, here.
Venezuela 1. Marialejandra Faria, Coordinadora del Programa BioInsula, PROVITA, está escribiendo: "Estimada Valerie (RAMSAR Convention), te anexo informacion de la razon por la cual se llevo a cabo la jornada de siembra de mangle (restauracion ecologica del sistema manglarico) y fotos de la conmemoracion del Dia de los Humedales 2007, que se realizo en el Parque Nacional Laguna de La Restinga, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela el viernes 2 de febrero de 8am a 12pm, contando con la participacion de mas de 80 ninos brigadistas y mas de 20 representantes de instituciones y empresas locales. Estoy segura que este material sera de gran utilidad para la pagina web que mantienen y para futuros proyectos que podamos desarrollar en conjunto. Muchas gracias por su apoyo y estamos a la orden!" Aquí.Más.
Venezuela 2. ARTÍCULO: Humedales: un ecosistema para el desarrollo sustentable (2 de febrero Día Mundial de los Humedales), Alejandro Luy, Gerente General, Fundación Tierra Viva.
Venezuela 3.Liliana Julieth Castaño, Gerencia de Gestión Ambiental, CVG EDELCA: "A continuación les mando la lista de actividades sugeridas, y algunas de las notas preparadas para celebrar el 2 de febrero. Nuestra empresa vela por la preservación de la Cuenca Alta del Río Caroní al sur de Venezuela, allí se encuentra la Gran Sabana (Parque Nacional Canaima) que es Patrimonio Mundial de la Humanidad, y donde hay importantes humedales, que aún no son sitios Ramsar, pero detrás de los cuales hay trabajos importantes para llegar a este sitial. Nuestra página es www.edelca.com.ve." PDF, PDF.
Viet Nam 1.Pham Dinh Viet Hong, Nature Conservation Division , Vietnam Environment Protection Agency - VEPA, writes: "Sorry for sending late information about WWD 2007 in Vietnam. In fact, this year many provinces of Vietnam have organised a lot of activities to celebrate WWD 2007. Personnally, I am very happy with information received. Pls, check the attached file, a brief news on WWD activities, and help me editing the English writing."
Viet Nam 2. The Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development writes: "WWD 2007 was a highly celebrated event in Xuan Thuy National Park, a Ramsar site in Vietnam's Red River Delta. It provided an important chance for local people and leaders to learn more about wetlands and their importance to fisheries, to recognize current work being done and to urge more action towards wetlands and fisheries conservation - for today, tomorrow and the future. More than 400 participants [participated], including local government bodies, environmental agencies, non-government organizations (NGO), local community organizations and school students." Here is a very well-illustrated report, with photos of the superb posters.
Zambia 1. The Zambia Wildlife Authority has used the occasion of World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2007, to designate four large and rich new sites for the List of Wetlands of International Importance, and to extend very significantly the areas of two more. Site descriptions can be found here.
Zambia 2 . Smart Mandolo writes from Kabwe that: "We had successfully commemorated world wetland day on 2nd February, 2007 with the theme Fish for tomorrow. We celebrated in such a way that we had invited students and local people from various communities. About 40 students and 30 local people participated in the event." Here's the brief report.
Other. Taiwan. Yuan-Tsai of the Society of Wilderness writes: "In Taiwan, wetland SHOULD be an important issue, but few people (always less than the people being eager for economic development) care about this issue." To help to remember this situation, the Society has translated the WWD poster and leaflet into traditional Chinese, and they are available here.
Tell us about YOUR World Wetlands Day
Please don't forget to tell us what you did on World Wetlands Day for the reports section of our WWD Web pages - last year's can be viewed here. We always do our best to include all the reports we receive but we would really appreciate all reports to be sent to us by May 2007. Photos, text, sample materials, and reasonably-sized PDFs are all welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its inception, the production and distribution of materials for World Wetlands Day have been financially supported by the Evian Project funded by the Danone Group.