30th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee -- Agenda paper SC30-11

30th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee
Gland, Switzerland, 13-16 January 2004
Agenda item 10.2

DOC. SC30-11

Small Grants Fund: approval of project proposals for 2003

Action requested: The Standing Committee is requested to make decisions on the allocation of SGF2003 funds to projects, and to consider the proposed modifications to the SGF Operational Guidelines for 2004 and 2005.

Income and funds available for allocation

1. In an effort to raise funds for the 2003 round of the Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF), the Secretariat wrote in early 2003 to all Ramsar Contracting Parties that are donor countries (as it has done in previous years) soliciting their support. A further request for support, with a list of the projects assessed as feasible by the Secretariat, was sent to donor countries in October 2003, in line with the Operational Guidelines 2003-2005.

2. The contributions received up to 6 November 2003 are shown in Annex 1, which indicates that the funds available for allocation to SGF projects in 2003 amount to SFR 231,699. At the 30th meeting of the Standing Committee the Secretariat will provide an update on the funds available for allocation, should the situation have changed.

Project allocations

3. Following the established procedure, the Secretariat has reviewed and ranked the SGF projects using the approved form for SGF project evaluations. The form has been designed to provide both structure and objectivity to the way in which the Secretariat undertakes its assessment and preparation of recommendations for funding.

4. As required in the SGF Operational Guidelines, in October 2003 the Secretariat circulated its draft SGF 2003 assessment to the Regional Representatives in the Standing Committee from regions from which project proposals have been received, for their consideration and comment.

5. For the 2003 SGF cycle, 48 proposals (13 more than for the SGF 2002 cycle) were received which were administratively complete:

12 from Africa
12 from Asia
12 from Europe
10 from the Neotropics
2 from Oceania

6. It should be noted that, as is customary practice, in order to seek equity of allocations among the Ramsar regions, the Secretariat has prepared its advice on a region by region basis and used this to formulate its overall recommendation by placing the top-scoring projects from each region into the first priority (Category A1) for immediate funding.

7. On the basis of the Secretariat's assessment, as shown in the list of projects by region in Annex 2, the projects have been divided into five categories - A1 and A2; B; C; and D as follows:

(A1) Projects that are technically sound and of highest priority for funding with the funds on hand. This includes six projects: 1 from Africa, 1 from Asia, 1 from Europe, 1 from the Neotropics, and 2 from Oceania . These are:

Mali (SGF/03/ML/03)
Lao PDR (SGF/03/LA/01)
Republic of Moldova (SGF/03/MD/01)
Bahamas (SGF/03/BS/01)
Marshall Islands (SGF/03/MH/01)
Tonga (SGF/03/TO/01)

(A2) Projects recommended for funding (in priority order based on the assessment score received by each project) if additional resources should become available for the 2003 SGF cycle. A further SFR 615,289 is required to fully fund all 16 of the A2 projects.

(B) Projects that are technically sound and are of medium priority for funding from the SGF.

(C) Projects that are technically sound but of lower priority for funding from the SGF.

(D) Projects that, on the basis of the information provided, are not considered technically sound or feasible.

8. One country with an A1 rated project (Mali) currently has not yet submitted a final report for an SGF 1996 project. In line with the Operational Guidelines and Resolution VI.5, the Standing Committee should make any approval for funding for this Mali SGF 2003 project conditional on Mali's satisfactory compliance with the reporting requirements from its SGF 1996 project.

9. The Secretariat also notes that for two A1 recommended projects (Mali and Lao PDR) the assessment has noted that some clarifications are needed on elements of the project proposal as submitted, and recommends that the Standing Committee approve these projects subject to the clarifications being satisfactorily made.

10. The Secretariat recommends that the Standing Committee consider establishing, as in previous years, a reserve list of A2-rated projects for priority funding should sufficient additional funds become available from cancelled projects or from other sources. The Standing Committee members may wish to consider whether, as for the selection of A1 projects, projects should be included in the A2 list in a similar geographically equitable manner. If so, then the Secretariat recommends that the following four projects (one from each eligible Ramsar region with A2-listed projects) in order of priority be placed on the reserve list:

Kyrgyz Republic (SGF/03/KG/01)
Guatemala (SGF/03/GT/01)
Kenya (SGF/03/KE/01)
Ukraine (SGF/03/UA/01)

11. Alternatively, if the Standing Committee members consider establishing an A2 reserve list in order of priority of the highest ranked A2 projects, the following six projects are recommended to be placed on the reserve list:

Kyrgyz Republic (SGF/03/KG/01)
Guatemala (SGF/03/GT/01)
Bangladesh (SGF/03/BD/02)
Kenya (SGF/03/KE/01)
Nigeria (SGF/03/NR/01)
Zambia (SGF/03/ZM/01)

12. Several countries with projects on the A2 list have previous SGF projects yet to be completed. As for A1 projects under similar circumstances (see paragraph 8 above), it is recommended that the Standing Committee should indicate that approval for funding for these projects (if additional funds become available) is conditional on satisfactory compliance with the reporting requirements from the country's previous SGF project. Furthermore, the Standing Committee may also wish to recommend that if funds become available for A2 projects, the next country in order of priority which has, by that time, fully complied with reporting on any previous SGF projects should receive the available funding.

Recommendations for amendments to SGF Operational Guidelines

Long-overdue SGF projects

13. The Secretariat wishes to draw to the Standing Committee's attention the fact that there remain a significant number of SGF projects from previous funding cycles which have not yet submitted satisfactory final reports, some of which date back to the 1995 and 1996 SGF cycles. In all there are 22 projects from the 1995-2000 SGF cycles which have yet to be completed (although three of these have now recently submitted final reports which are being evaluated by the Secretariat). In addition there are seven SGF 2001 projects yet to be completed.

14. This means that a substantial sum of funds is being held by the Secretariat for final payments for these incomplete projects - for the 1995-2000 projects, this amounts to SFr. 147,100. This would be sufficient to fund at least three further SGF project proposals.

15. For such overdue projects, the Secretariat regularly seeks contact with the recipients of the project funding to urge completion of their projects. In some cases this results in completion and final reporting on the project, albeit delayed. In other cases, however, despite the Secretariat's attempts to achieve finalization, no response of any kind has been received from the grant recipients, and the Secretariat has no evidence that the project is being, or will be, completed.

16. So as to resolve this matter, it is recommended that the Standing Committee authorize the Secretariat to cancel, at its discretion, an SGF project which has not complied satisfactorily with reporting requirements within three years after the date of signing of the project contract, and for which the Secretariat has received no indication that the project is being implemented to completion. It should be stressed that such a project cancellation would be very much a 'last resort' action, to be applied only if the Secretariat's attempts to support and achieve project completion have failed. The Secretariat considers that it would not be appropriate to make such cancellations automatic, since in some cases the Secretariat agrees, in discussion with the grant recipient, delaying completion of a project owing to unforeseen circumstances which can prevent the anticipated rapid implementation.

17. The Secretariat suggests a three-year period for the completion of projects as well, since for some SGF projects the agreed implementation period is longer than the usual one year period under SGF funding.

18. The Standing Committee may wish also to consider the issue of eligibility for future SGF funding of those countries for which a previous SGF project has been cancelled owing to failure to comply with reporting requirements.

Recommended modifications to Section B "Request for Funding"

19. The Secretariat is finding that a significant number of the SGF project proposals it receives do not have both the required parts of Section B "Request for Funding" of the SGF Operational Guidelines completed.

20. To reduce this difficulty, the Secretariat suggests that the Standing Committee consider approving a simple reorganization of Section B, such that the "Project Summary and Endorsement Form" (currently "Section B continued") is placed before the "Detailed Proposal" guidance.

Recommended modifications to the Project Proposal Assessment Form Stage II

21. In the light of its experience in applying the Assessment Form to SGF projects over the last three assessment cycles, the Secretariat recommends two modifications to the Stage II part of the Assessment Form, which the Standing Committee may wish to consider introducing for the 2004 and/or 2005 SGF cycles.

22. As the SGF has now operated for 13 years, an ever increasing number of countries have now received funding for two or more SGF projects, which means that these countries receive a "0" score in section C of the Stage II assessment. This appears now to be leading to a overall decrease in the assessment scores for some regions, in particular for Europe, where relatively few countries are eligible for SGF support, and it is making it harder to achieve equitability of assessment scoring of high quality projects between regions.

23. So as to reduce this problem, the Secretariat recommends that Stage II Section C be amended such that the scoring would be as follows:

a) No previous projects - 10 points
b) Previously funded one to three times - 5 points
c) Previously funded four times of more - 0 points

24. Concerning section A of Stage II ("Technical quality of project") the Secretariat has now had three years' experience of applying this section introduced by Decision SC25-25 of the 25th meeting of the Standing Committee.

25. As it is currently constructed, this section of the Assessment Form addresses the technical quality of the proposal document itself, with a project scoring high when the budget is well presented, when the relationships between the project's objectives, activities and outputs are clearly presented and linked, and when the proposal includes clear project management procedures. The Secretariat wishes to confirm that inclusion of this assessment section has proved valuable in leading to well-prepared and clearly-presented project proposals being afforded due recognition by gaining a higher assessment score.

26. However, the Secretariat believes that a particularly important aspect of the purpose of the Small Grants Fund, that of increasing capacity for implementation of the Convention where it is most urgently needed, is not covered by the current formulation of the Stage II assessment form.

27. It is the recent experience of the Secretariat in assessing project proposals that this leads to situations arising where projects of certain types achieve a high assessment score despite not being fully consistent with the purpose of SGF funding, in particular in relation to paragraph 10 of the Guidelines for the Operation of the Small Grants Fund, that: "a Contracting Party . . . should clearly consider how the project fits in with its national planning for the implementation of the Convention".

28. For example, a well-presented project which addresses a specific wetland research issue and whose output is only a research report, but which does not directly lead to enhanced implementation of the Convention, still achieves a high score in Section A of the Stage II assessment.

29. Conversely, there is no opportunity in the Stage II assessment scoring to reflect the extent to which the anticipated outcomes of a project will be increased Convention implementation capacity in the country. Nor is there opportunity to give a high priority for funding to such a project when it is a high implementation priority for the Party in relation to its national planning priorities and targets, as is indicated in paragraph 10 of the SGF Guidelines.

30. So as to address this situation, the Secretariat recommends that the Standing Committee approve the addition of an a new section to the Stage II Assessment Form, concerning "Project significance for Convention implementation". Scoring for such a section might be:

a) The project's outcomes will deliver significantly increased implementation capacity for a high national priority - 10 points
b) The project's outcomes will deliver increase in implementation capacity for a lower national priorit - 5 points
c) The project's outcomes will not directly lead to increased implementation capacity - 0 points

31. In this respect, it would also be appropriate to request the Administrative Authority for the country concerned to indicate the level of national implementation priority afforded the topic of the project, in the Endorsement section of the Project Proposal form.

Funding for "Emergency Assistance" SGF requests

32. The SGF Operational Guidelines indicate that one of the three forms of SGF assistance is "Emergency Assistance" in connection with Ramsar sites which have suffered damage or are in imminent danger of damage as the result of technological developments, pollution, other human interference or natural phenomena such as hurricanes or drought. Emergency assistance of up to SFr. 40,000 can be sought at any time.

33. Since a rapid response to such an emergency request for funding is necessary - the Operational Guidelines indicate that a decision will be made usually within a maximum of three months of the request being received - it follows that some funds should be maintained in the SGF budget line so as to be able to respond in a timely manner to such requests.

34. However, recent practice has been to fund as many as possible of the A-rated projects received in the annual SGF proposal call, and to fund further A-rated projects as and when sufficient funds accrue from project cancellations and other sources. Hence a reserve of SFr. 40,000 is not generally available to respond to emergency assistance requests.

35. To date, six requests from five Contracting Parties for Emergency Assistance, totaling SFr. 54,391, have received SGF funding. These are as follows:


Year of request


SGF funds provided (SFr)



Preparation of documentation for new Ramsar sites in Pakistan and strengthening coordination of Ramsar activities in Asia



Costa Rica


Effect of two grazing densities of cattle on marsh vegetation and resulting waterfowl response





Upkeep of sluice gates of the hydraulic system of the Djoudj National Park





Cadastral surveying of Jeannette Kawas National Park



Trinidad & Tobago


Filling in of the irrigation channels (Rehabilitation of the Block B Area of Nariva Swamp)



Costa Rica


Prevention and control of forest fires in the National Refuge of Silvestre Caño Negro


Annex 1


SGF funds available for allocation in 2003
(in Swiss francs, as at 06.11.2003)

See revised table, 05.01.2004

Surplus from previous year carried forward
Austria, Federal Ministry for Land & Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Germany - Bundesminis. Fur Umwelt, Naturschutz Und Reaktorsicherheit
Iran, Department of the Environment
Italy, Ministero del'Ambiente
Sweden, Sida
Minus 10% administration fee
CHF 231,699.00
CHF 220,358.00

Annex 2

Secretariat assessment of SGF projects and recommendations for funding

Category A1 projects, recommended for immediate funding page 10

Category A2 projects, recommended for funding should
additional funds for the 2003 SGF cycle become available page 13

List of projects submitted by countries in Africa page 20
List of projects submitted by countries in Asia page 25
List of projects submitted by countries in Europe page 30
List of projects submitted by countries in the Neotropics page 34
List of projects submitted by countries in Oceania page 39

Only Category A1 and A2 project proposals are included in this public version of the document.

SGF 2003 - Category A1 projects, recommended for immediate funding, listed by Ramsar regions


Country / Project code

Project Title

Amount requested (SFr)

Assessment score







Mali SGF/03/ML/03

Finalization of National Wetlands Policy



National Wetlands Policy. The Ministry of the Environment has placed the elaboration of a National Wetlands Policy in the governmental program for the first half of 2003. A national commission was established in May 2003, which carried out the elaboration of the draft policy validated technically in July 2003. The general objective of the project is to finalise the policy document with the support of national and international organizations, setting the main national trends for 2015 in order to promote wise use and conservation of wetlands in Mali, and to maintain the ecological and socio-economic functions of these sites for the well-being of the present and future generations.

Note: the proposal indicates a 3-month implementation period for the project, which seems very short – this needs to be clarified with the proposer, as should some budget calculation discrepancies.

Mali received SGF funding in 1996.







Lao PDR SGF/03/LA/01

Preparatory Assistance for Lao PDR’s accession to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands



Preparatory assistance. This well structured and justified proposal aims to support the Lao Government to accede to the treaty through raising awareness of wetlands values and the role of the Ramsar Convention and analysis of the implications of the joining the Convention. A rapid inventory and selection of potential Ramsar site is envisaged. The proposal will constitute a part of the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation Programme, and other funding sources under this programme will contribute to the project. Some budget clarifications are needed.







Republic of Moldova SGF/03/MD/01

Evaluation study to support implementation of management plan for the Lower Prut Ramsar site towards wise use and sustainable development



Wetland assessment & management planning. The proposal aims to provide missing data on the current environmental conditions of Moldova’s Lower Prut Lakes RS by carrying out field studies, based upon the river basin approach. As a result, an action plan for the site will be developed. Ecological research activities are numerous and clearly defined. Two workshops are planned to raise public awareness of wetlands values. The project has good technical quality.

Moldova has had one previous SGF project.







Bahamas SGF/03/BS/01

National project to assist with the development of a Wetlands Policy



National Wetlands Policy & CEPA. The project will produce a brochure portraying wetlands in 5 islands in Bahamas and carry out wetland workshops in the northern and southern regions to assist in the development of a wetlands policy for the country. Additional posters will provide information on the socioeconomic and environmental effects of the loss of wetlands systems through local examples. The workshops will draw participants from the main stakeholders of wetlands in the country. Wetlands in the Bahamas are undergoing serious threats from human development and thus there is a need for a common ground and informative wetlands policy. Project will be carried out by the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission, the AA for the Ramsar Convention. Bahamas has not previously received SGF or Wetlands for the Future funding support.







Marshall Islands SGF/03/MH/01

Institutional capacity building and review of training needs for implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the Republic of the Marshall Islands



Capacity building & legislative and institutional review. The project will help the Republic of the Marshall Islands prepare for implementation of the Convention, through review of the legislative framework and institutional arrangements needed to streamline implementation process and reduce resources needs. A training course will be developed about the Convention and training needs assessed as a basis for securing further donor funds for the Convention implementation. A well written proposal with good technical quality. The Secretariat anticipates the imminent accession of the Marshall Islands to the Convention, so that this proposal is most timely.    


Tonga SGF/03/TO/01

Institutional capacity building and review of training needs for implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Tonga



Capacity building & legislative and institutional review. The project will help Tonga, which is progressing towards accession, to prepare for implementation of the Convention, through review of the legislative framework and institutional arrangements needed to streamline implementation process and reduce resources needs. A training course will be developed about the Convention and training needs assessed as a basis for securing further donor funds for the Convention implementation. A well written proposal with good technical quality.

Category A2 projects, recommended for funding should additional funds become available for the SGF 2003 cycle, listed in order of priority for funding based on assessment score

Priority for funding

Assess-ment score

Country /
Project code

Project Title

Amount requested (SFr)




Kyrgyz Republic SGF/03/KG/01

Ecological assessment of Song-Kul and Chatyr-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic to develop management guidelines and support proposed listing as Ramsar Site


Inventory, assessment & management planning. Baseline study and ecological assessment of the two potential Ramsar sites which are mountain wetlands. Simultaneously the project aims to develop management guidelines for both sites and to work with stakeholders to increase understanding of management practice and the law. A well written, clear and concise proposal with feasible objectives, with a well-presented budget. The Kyrgyz Republic acceded to the Convention in March 2003 and has not previously received SGF funding. This project will support increased capacity for Convention implementation, with follow-up planned to transfer approach to other wetlands in the country.




Guatemala SGF/O3/GT/01

Formulation of the National Wetlands Policy for Guatemala, Phase 2. (Política Nacional de Humedales Fase II)


National Wetlands Policy. The project is set out to carry out phase 2 of the development of Guatemala’s National Wetland Policy. Phase 1 (mainly a consultancy to evaluate the current status about knowledge, institutional capabilities and human resources for the conservation and wise use of wetlands in Guatemala) is underway, to be completed by December 2003. This will provide input to the drafting of the NWP. Phase 2 aims to facilitate discussion of Guatemala’s NWP with all the different stakeholders in different parts of the country, having the draft version and consultancy report as a main reference. Its objective is to reach consensus and produce a final and approved NWP. Several consultation meetings will be carried out and the final document will be technically validated by experts. The NWP is expected to be launched officially at the end of the project and published in summarized and long versions. A well-prepared proposal, although the publishing costs of the Policy – a large part of the current budget - should be reduced (through preparing a monochrome rather than full colour product).

Note: Guatemala has an ongoing SGF project from 2001 due for final reporting in December 2003.




Bangladesh SGF/03/BD/02

Enhancement of capacity of women for wise use of wetland resources at selected villages of Tanguar Hoar


Sustainable use – enhancing the role of women. The project aims to raise women’s awareness about their role and capacities, motivation for wise use, and training on alternative livelihood programmes with the ultimate goal of poverty alleviation. The project is intended to be undertaken in five remote deprived villages located at the Ramsar wetland, Tanguar Hoar, which is heavily used by local population, over half of which is female. This is a useful project that addresses an important problem generally neglected of capacity-building to support the role of women. Some budget details need to be further clarified. The project has co-funding from IUCN Bangladesh and Ministry of Environment and Forest. Bangladesh has received one previous SGF funding.




Kenya SGF/03/KE/01

Ecotourism development for Lake Nakuru National Park


Integration of wetland wise use into sustainable development / Local community participation. The proposed project aims at supporting ecotourism within the protected area (a Ramsar site) as well as community-based initiatives in the wider catchment. Whereas there exists a high tourism potential in the area, there are still minimal initiatives in tourism education and awareness, training of local communities, diversification of products, marketing, infrastructure development and community involvement. This project will assist to address all these issues while also being a platform for alternative income generation through ecotourism, thus reducing pressure on the natural landscape. The project is co-financed by Banrock Station (Australia) and has been developed to meet Banrock’s intention to donate their COP8 Evian Special Award to an African ecotourism project.

Note: the proposal indicates that a further CHF 20,000 for full completion of the overall project will be sought from SGF 2004. If the present SGF 2003 proposal is allocated funds it should be made clear that further SGF support cannot at this stage be approved or guaranteed.

Kenya has an ongoing SGF 2002 project.




Nigeria SGF/03/NR/01

Preparatory process towards the development of National Wetland Policy for Nigeria


National Wetland Policy. This project will form the first, consultative phase of developing Nigeria’s National Wetland Policy, needed because the country’s 1999 National Policy on Environment does not address wetland issues. The consultations – three workshops to identify the particular issues and problems which need to be addressed and to reach a consensus “Vision” for the conservation and wise use of Nigeria’s wetlands - will be at community, state and Federal levels to obtain a consensus on the required development options, policy and instruments for policy implementation, to be developed subsequent to this project. Working documents and workshop reports will be drafted by a consultant. An important project, but there is a need to clarify what documents will be prepared before and after each workshop, and it is recommended that the proposed overall project duration of only three months may be too short to ensure preparation of and holding three workshops and draft report preparation and circulation.

Nigeria has not previously received SGF funding.




Zambia SGF/03/ZM/01

The status and ecology of Wattled Cranes in Kafue Flats: implication and strategies for the management of Kafue Flats biodiversity 


Participatory management. The project goal is to explore the links between hydrology, wetlands and Wattled Cranes and the conservation of biodiversity in Kafue Flats. The project will assessing the status and ecology of Wattled Cranes in Kafue Flats (Ramsar site), relationship between Cranes and various ecological factors that may control their distribution and abundance and their values as an umbrella species for community-based wetlands management and general biodiversity. This well-presented project will culminate in workshops that will bring together national policy makers, stakeholders, and community members with scientists to promote the wise management of biodiversity and subsistence economies in the Kafue Flats. Through field research, GIS analysis, and socio-economic surveys, the project will determine the links between biodiversity, water management, and human welfare in the flats.

Zambia has a pending SGF project from 1997.   




Bolivia SGF/03/BO/1

Management plan for the Ramsar Site Lakes Poopó and Uru Uru, Bolivia (Propuesta para el plan de manejo del sitio Ramsar Lagos Poopó y Uru Uru, Oruro - Bolivia)


Management planning & CEPA. The project aims to elaborate a five-year management plan for the Ramsar site Poopó and Uru Uru lakes. It will be developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society – Bolivia, in coordination and consultation with local authorities, communities and the private sector. An excellent diagnostic which led to the Ramsar designation of the site received previous SGF funding, so this project would be a follow-up to that diagnostic.

Note: Bolivia has a pending report from a 1994 SGF project: “Updating of information on the ichthiofauna of Lake Titicaca”.




Togo SGF/03/TG/01

Inventory and assessment of the natural resources and the ecological character of the Oti-Mandouri watershed and the coastal hydrological network of Togo for the designation of 2 Ramsar sites


Wetland inventory & assessment and Ramsar site designation. The project proposes to study the characteristics of two wetland areas so as to prepare for their Ramsar site designation. The sites are the basin of Oti-Mandouri and the network of the coast. The project is intended to inform and sensitize the stakeholders and to study the socio-economic values, cultural values, and the judicial, institutional, biophysical and ecological environment of the two wetlands.

Togo has an ongoing SGF project from 2001.





Integrated management planning for conservation and wise use of Chilika Lake


Management planning. The proposal will implement a key recommendation of the December 2000 Ramsar Advisory Mission to Chilika Lake: to develop an integrated management plan for this wetland, which was removed from the Montreux Record in 2001. A well-structured and presented proposal for important activities in the high-profile Ramsar site, with substantial in-country co-financing. The project will involve the baseline evaluation, stakeholder workshops and consultations, development of strategies and establishment of an institutional framework and monitoring plan at the site and basin scales. The proposal anticipates that the management planning experience and process will be transferable to other wetland systems. The proposed budget requires clarification on its sufficiency to cover workshop costs.

India has had two previous SGF projects: in 1995 and an SGF 1998 project pending completion.




Ukraine SGF/03/UA/01

Pilot project on the development of a practical mechanism and legal scheme of Ramsar sites setting up in Ukraine


Wetland policy. The project addresses the improvement of the national policy for wetland conservation through the preparation of a methodology for, and listing of, new Ramsar Sites, and the improvement of management capacity of the Islands of Izmail, a potential Ramsar Site upstream of the Danube delta, through training of forestry staff and local stakeholders. Transborder aspects and public awareness issues are also covered through a planned international workshop, the promotion of transfrontier cooperation within the Lower Danube Euroregion, and the production of a film on the values of the Izmail Islands. The proposal is well-argued and well-founded. Ukraine executed a joint SGF project in 1997 together with Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.




Slovak Republic SGF/03/SK/03

Wetlands of the crossborder region Gemer-Turnà


CEPA. The project will provide educational materials and programmes in two languages, Slovak and Hungarian, to promote surface wetland conservation in a cross-border region (surroundings of the underground RS). A regional strategy for wetland wise use and a public list of wetlands of regional importance will also be elaborated. The project requests only a small amount of SGF money, focusing on specific CEPA activities, with significant in-country co-financing. The Slovak Republic received SGF support in 1997 and 1998.




Thailand SGF/03/TH/03

Community-based wetlands assessment in the Tha Chin River Basin - a pilot project


Assessment and wise use (community participation). The Tha Chin river, one of Thailand’s most important river basins, has been suffering steady degradation of water quality that causes massive fish kills. The project aims to enhance the input and involvement of civil society in the assessment and monitoring of water quality, so as to increase engagement in implementation of a basin management action plan. This will help to increase awareness about wetlands among the local government, communities and general public. These objectives are proposed to be achieved through consultations, workshop, training and forum establishment for all interested parties, with good follow-up planned. Objectives, activities and outputs are well-presented, but the budget contains limited information and needs to be revised and elaborated prior to funding approval.

Thailand as an SGF 2002 project underway.






Creation of capacity and instruments for the co-management of Wakarpay Wetland in Peru (Creación de capacidad e instrumentos para el comanejo del humedal de Wakarpay, Peru)


Management planning & training. This well-developed and detailed proposal is included within a larger initiative started in 1999 of “Sustainable Development in the Wakarpay Wetland”, which has other projects on sanitation, ecotourism, restoration, etc. The current proposal, a collaboration between Fundación Andes (Peru) and Fundació Natura (Spain), will raise awareness about the values and functions of Wakarpay though a campaign with different sorts of activities. Community facilitators will be picked up from this, and they will be part of the management plan development. Finally, there will be an intensive capacity building training for communities to ensure the proper management and wise use for the future.

Peru has no pending SGF reports, and has been funded 5 times from SGF, the last time in 1999.




Senegal SGF/03/SN/01

Development and implementation of a community-based monitoring system of nesting waterbirds in the “Bird Island” of the Delta du Saloum Ramsar site


Participatory management planning and monitoring (Ramsar site). The Island of Birds forms an integral part of the National Park of the delta of Saloum Ramsar site and receives each year more than 110,000 nesting birds. These are threatened by fishermen and by the many disturbances related to uncontrolled tourism. The objective of this project is to reinforce the capacities of the agents and the “écogardes” (young village volunteers) in order to gradually set up a monitoring system for the bird colonies along with the ecotourism activities. A well-defined proposal, with follow-up activities, the project provides a good example of how to promote direct participation of local communities in the conservation of biological resources through the development of management planning and monitoring for a Ramsar site: it involves government officials so as to recognize the need for development of legislation that supports local conservation and wise use interests.

Senegal has received SGF funding in 1998 and 1999.




Russian Federation SGF/03/RU/01

Building up a framework for Ramsar Convention implementation in Russia


Wetland legislation/ Education. The project proposes to fill existing gaps of a larger project “Supporting the National Wetlands Strategic Plan” (supported by Dutch funds) by providing manuals and methodology in the fields of legislation, management, and education. Among other results, a management plan for the Kamo-Bakaldino mires Ramsar site and programmes on wetland conservation to be integrated into official school curricula are expected.
A clear and coherent proposal, wherein three different aspects of wetland conservation and wise use are treated. 
Russia has received support from Ramsar’s SGF in 1997, 1998 and 2001.




Colombia SGF/03/CO/1

Management plan as a conservation and wise use strategy for the San Juan River Delta as a Wetland of International Importance (Plan de manejo como estrategia para la conservación y uso racional del Delta del Río San Juan como Humedal de Importancia Internacional)


Management Planning. The Delta del Río San Juan is in process of designation as a Ramsar site (revised RIS currently under evaluation by the Secretariat) and the Ministry of the Environment wishes to prepare and adopt a management plan for the site. The Ministry has experience in such plans as it directed the development of the MP for Ciénaga Grande Ramsar Site with SGF funding from 2000 to 2002. The project is set out in 4 phases: gathering of information, mapping and zoning of the site, development and agreement of the management plan, and community capacity building, and will involve stakeholder participation.

Colombia has received funding for two SGF projects in 1999 and 2002; the latter is still ongoing.


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