Workshop on Northeast Asian wetlands set for Mongolia

(22 August 1997)


This article is reprinted, at the urging of the Bureau's Regional Coordinator for Asia, from the Mongolian Conservation Newsletter, issue 2, August 1997. The entire issue is available by e-mail subscription from btz@magicnet.mn and is posted by the editor, Rogier Gruys, to the Web at http://www.magicnet.mn/btz. -- Ramsar Web Editor.


CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON WETLAND CONSERVATION IN MONGOLIA AND NORTHEAST ASIA

16-19 SEPTEMBER 1997

ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA

HOSTED BY MINISTRY OF NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT, MONGOLIA

in cooperation with
Environment Agency of Japan
Development & Environment
Wetlands International

with financial support of
Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Japan
Environment Agency of Japan

Introduction

Mongolia is famous for its deserts and forests. Its wetlands (rivers, freshwater and saline lakes) play an equally important role in the lives of the people and local pastoral economy. Mongolia supports a variety of waterbirds including several threatened species that migrate to East, South, Southeast Asia and Australasia.

As wetland conservation is considered a national priority, the Mongolian Government seeks to focus attention on this ecosystem in order to attract support for their wise use and conservation. An international workshop organized in Beidaihe, People's Republic of China, in March 1997 identified the need for greater public awareness and international cooperation for the conservation of wetlands and their migratory species.

Objectives

The workshop is intended to bring together individuals responsible for wetland management and research, to focus on a range of issues of national interest related to wetland use and conservation. In addition, the workshop aims to determine priorities and opportunities for international cooperation for wetland conservation in North East Asia.

Workshop venue

The workshop will be held at the Conference Hall of the 3rd Building of the Government, Ulaanbaatar. It will begin on the morning of 16 September and end on the evening of 19 September. The programme will cover two and a half days of discussions, and an opportunity to participate in a field visit to Ogii Lake, a wetland of international importance. The lake is a four hour drive to the west of Ulaanbaatar and will include an overnight stay in traditional ger accomodation.

Languages: English and Mongolian

For more information, contact:

Dr A. Namkhai, Secretary General, Development & Environment, PO Box 1206, Ulaanbaatar - 13, Mongolia (Fax: +976-1-320943/312175, Phone: +976-1-312655 Email: <denco@magicnet.mn>)

or

Dr Taej Mundkur, Wetlands International - Asia Pacific, Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research, University of Malaya, Lembah Pantai, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Tel: +603-7566624 Fax +603-7571225 Email: <taej@wiap.nasionet.net>)


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