3rd Pan-European Regional Meeting, Riga, Latvia, June 1998 -- Programme

29/03/1998

Ramsar's 3rd Pan-European Regional meeting gets underway in Riga, Latvia, on Wednesday 3 June, hosted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development. More than 100 participants, representing almost all of the 40 European Contracting Parties and many international organizations, are registered to attend.

The programme focuses on four key technical themes of special importance to implementation of the Convention in Europe:

  • Transboundary Cooperation
  • National and Regional Wetland Policies
  • Wetland Restoration and Rehabilitation
  • Building financial and technical capacity for wetland conservation

Each theme will be introduced by a keynote speaker and developed through case-study-led discussion.

There will also be two plenary sessions devoted to an overview of the current status of the Convention in Europe and preparations for the 7th COP in Costa Rica. Special attention will be given to briefing delegates on the preparation of National Reports, the deadline for submission of which is only 3 months away.


3rd Pan-European Regional Meeting, Riga, June 1998

Annotated Programme

Tuesday 2 June

arrival of participants

Wednesday 3 June

08.30 - 09.45 Registration / coffee

Radisson - SAS ‘Daugava’ Hotel, Kugu 24, LV - 1048 Riga, Latvia (Tel: +371-706.11.11, Fax: +371-706.11.00, E-mail: radisson@com.latnet.lv)

09.45 - 13.00 Plenary Session A: Opening and Overview

Chair: Mrs Ilona Jepsen, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia

Welcoming Statements:

09.50 - 10.00 Government of Latvia

Mr Indulis Emsis, State Minister for Environment

10.00 - 10.05 Regional Representative for Eastern Europe (Hungary)

Mrs Louise Lakos, Ministry for Environment and Regional Policy

10.05 - 10.10 Regional Representative for Western Europe (Germany)

Dr Fritz Dieterich, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

10.10 - 10.20 Ramsar Bureau

Mr Delmar Blasco, Secretary General

10.20 - 10.30 Representative of Partner Organisations (BirdLife International, IUCN, Wetlands International, World Wide Fund for Nature)

Mr David Pritchard (BirdLife International, on behalf of all Partners)

Keynote papers and discussion

10.30 - 10.50 The Ramsar Convention in Europe: current status and trends Mr Tim Jones, Regional Coordinator for Europe

10.50 - 11.05 Discussion

11.05 - 11.25 EU action for wetlands

Ms Maria Gaivao, DGXI - Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection, European Commission

11.25 - 11.40 Discussion

11.40 - 12.00 Challenges in implementing the Convention in Central and Eastern Europe

Mr Stephen Stec, Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe

12.00 - 12.15 Discussion

12.15 - 12.40 COP7 Overview

Mr Delmar Blasco, Secretary General

  • Dates, venue, theme and programme
  • Key outputs expected
  • Participation
  • Preparatory steps

12.40 - 13.00 Discussion

13.00 - 14.30 Lunch

13.30 - 14.30 Poster Session - authors of posters will be available for discussion

14.30 - 18.00 Technical Session 1: Transboundary Cooperation

Chair: Ms Marie Odile Guth, Ministry of Land-use Planning and Environment, France

14.30 - 14.50 Keynote presentation: Transboundary cooperation: challenges and opportunities in Europe

Mr Henk Zingstra, Wetlands International - Africa, Europe, Middle East

14.50 - 15.10 Discussion

Case studies (15 minutes presentation, plus 10 minutes discussion)

15.10 - 15.35 Mediterranean wetlands: a collaboration model

Mr Thymio Papayannis, MedWet Coordinator

15.35 - 15.45 Introduction to transboundary river management in Europe

Mr Christian D’Ornellas, Directorate of Water, Ministry of Land Use Planning and Environment, France

15.45 - 16.10 Cooperative actions to conserve and restore Danube wetlands

Mr Philip Weller, WWF International - Green Danube Programme

16.10 - 16.35 African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement

Dr Gerard Boere, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, The Netherlands

16.35 - 17.00 The Trilateral Wadden Sea Plan: common management of a shared wetland

Dr Jens Enemark, Common Wadden Sea Secretariat

17.00 - 17.25 The Evian Project for Water Resources and Water Quality

Mr Christophe Lefebvre, Conservatoire de l‘Espace Littoral et des Rivages Lacustres

17.25 - 18.00 Final discussion and conclusions

18.30 - 19.30 Welcome drink at the Museum of Decorative & Applied Art (in the Old Town of Riga, just behind St. Peter's church).


Thursday 4 June

09.30 - 13.00 Technical Session 2: National and Regional Wetland Policies

Chair: Mr Sergey Tveritinov, State Committee for Environmental Protection, Russian Federation

09.30 - 09.50 Keynote presentation: Water resource use and wetland conservation - making the link

Prof Malin Falkenmark, Technical Advisory Committee, Global Water Partnership

09.50 - 10.15 Discussion

Case studies (15 minutes presentation, plus 10 minutes discussion)

10.15 - 10.40 Government Action Plan in favour of wetlands, France

Mr Patrick Bazin, Regional Directorate for the Environment - ‘Centre’ Region, Ministry of Land Use Planning and Environment, France

10.40 - 11.05 Wetlands conservation policy in the Russian Federation

Ms Galina Vesselova, State Committee for Environmental Protection, Russian Federation

11.05 - 11.30 UK Targets for the Ramsar Strategic Plan

Ms Linda Smith, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions & Dr David Stroud, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, United Kingdom

11.30 - 11.55 Catchment planning for Mediterranean wetlands

Mr Simone Borelli, WWF Mediterranean Programme Office

11.55 - 12.20 Integrated Coastal Zone Management at Lake Pape, Latvia: Approach and Experience

Mr Martins Rekis, WWF Latvia Project Office

12.20 - 12.45 Opportunities for new Ramsar sites - experience from a small country

Dr Gordana Beltram & Mr Robert Boljesic , Ministry of the Environment, Slovenia

12.45 - 13.00 Final discussion and conclusions

13.00 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 17.30 Technical Session 3: Managing European Wetlands - the role of restoration and rehabilitation

Chair: Dr Gerard Boere, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, The Netherlands

14.30 - 14.50 Keynote presentation: restoring and rehabilitating wetland ecosystems

Ms Jane Madgwick, WWF International

14.50 - 15.10 Discussion

Case studies (15 minutes presentation, plus 10 minutes discussion)

15.10 - 15.35 Small stream and floodplain restoration in Central Europe: challenges and opportunities

Dr Josef Chytil, Secretary of Czech Ramsar Committee

15.35 - 16.00 Restoration of Lake Karla - a ‘lost wetland’

Mr Stavros Chatzigiannakis, Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre

16.00 - 16.25 Rehabilitation of Ringkøbing Fjord, a Montreux Record site in Denmark

Mr Palle Uhd Jepsen, National Forest and Nature Agency, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Denmark (presented by Ramsar Bureau)

16.25 - 16.50 Rehabilitation of degraded peatlands

Dr Richard Lindsay, International Mire Conservation Group

16.50 - 17.15 Involving local communities: the case of Lake Massaciuccoli

Dr Mario Cenni, Migliarino S Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park, Italy

17.15 - 17.30 Final discussion and conclusions

Evening free for subsidiary meetings:

19.30 - 21.00 Informal workshop on implementation of the Mediterranean Wetland Strategy; all interested participants are welcome to attend (focal point: Mr Thymio Papayannis, Mediterranean Wetland Coordinator)


Friday 5 June

09.30 - 13.00 Technical Session 4: Building financial and technical capacity for wetland conservation and wise use

Chair: Dr Fritz Dieterich, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

09.30 - 10.10 Panel-led discussion: Experiences in building capacity for conservation and sustainable use of wetlands

Case studies (15 minutes presentation, plus 10 minutes discussion)

10.10 - 10.35 Polish debt-for-environment swap and wetland conservation

Mr Ireneusz Mirowski, EcoFund, Poland

10.35 - 11.15 Bulgarian - Swiss Biodiversity Conservation Programme - bilateral cooperation for Ramsar site management in Bulgaria

Mr Dimiter Georgiev, BSBCP

Bulgarian - French project on ecosystem protection and enhancement

Mr Pavel Simeonov, Le Balkan International

11.15 - 11.40 International Training Course in Wetland Management, Lelystad

Mr Bouke Ottow, Wetland Advisory and Training Centre, RIZA, The Netherlands

11.40 - 12.05 Needs and options for training in relation to wetland management in Central & Eastern Europe

Mr Marcel Silvius, Wetlands International - Africa, Europe, Middle East

12.05 - 12.30 Training activities in the Mediterranean

Dr Christian Perennou, Tour du Valat Biological Station, Camargue

12.30 - 13.00 Final discussion and conclusions

13.00 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 17.30 Plenary Session B: 7th Conference of Parties, Costa Rica, May 1999

Chair: Ms Louise Lakos, Ministry of Environment and Regional Policy, Hungary

14.30 - 14.50 COP7 National Reports & Regional Overview

Mr Tim Jones, Regional Coordinator for Europe

14.50 - 15.10 Discussion

15.10 - 15.40 COP7 Technical Sessions

Dr Bill Phillips, Deputy Secretary General

15.40 - 16.00 Discussion

16.00 - 16.30 Draft decisions where regional input required

Regional Representatives for Eastern and Western Europe

Mrs Louise Lakos (Hungary), Dr Fritz Dieterich (Germany)

  • regional structure
  • Standing Committee membership
  • STRP membership
  • budget
  • links with CBD etc.
  • other issues as appropriate

16.30 - 17.00 Discussion and conclusions concerning COP7

Concluding session

17.00 - 17.10 Concluding remarks

Mr Delmar Blasco, Secretary General

17.10 - 17.20 Concluding remarks

Regional Representatives

  • Mrs Louise Lakos (Hungary)
  • Dr Fritz Dieterich (Germany)

17.20 - 17.30 Formal closure of meeting

Government of Latvia

19.00 Reception and buffet dinner at ‘Benjamin's House’ (centre of Riga, next to VÂ rmanes Park and National Library)


Saturday 6 June

Excursion to Latvian wetlands (see information circulated with registration forms; further details to be announced)

Sunday 7 June

Departure of participants

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