Final programme for the Oceania Regional Meeting, December 1998

02/12/1998

Final Programme for the
First Oceania Regional Meeting of the Convention on Wetlands

Hamilton, New Zealand, 1-4 December 1998

 The Ramsar Convention as a tool for promoting the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in the Oceania region

The main objective of the meeting will be to examine the various tools which the Ramsar Convention provides to assist countries with promoting its concept of "Wise Use of Wetlands", and to do this within the special context of the island states of the Oceania region. This will be done using the Convention’s Strategic Plan 1997-2002 and the relevant decisions (Resolutions and Recommendations) of the 6th Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) in Brisbane in 1996 as a basis for discussions. From these discussions the aim is to identify the major challenges for the Convention in the region and within each country and to recommend actions to address these.

Day 1 (Tuesday, 1 December) - morning session

Times  
08.30 - 09.30 ***** Registration - meeting venue *****
09.30 - 11.00 1. WELCOME CEREMONY AND STATEMENTS
09.30 - 10.30 Powhiri - Welcoming Ceremony - local Maori people - tangata whenua. Followed by a cup of tea.
10.30 - 10.50 1. Official Opening - Welcoming Statements (chaired by NZ as host country until Item 2)
10.30 - 10.40 1.1 Official opening - NZ Associate Minister for the Environment, Marie Hasler
10.40 - 11.00 1.2 Welcoming statements from the countries which represent Oceania on the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention and the Ramsar Bureau -
  • PNG - Dr Navu Kwapena, DEC
  • Australia - Stephen Hunter - Head, Biodiversity Group, EA
  • NZ - Keith Thompson, Oceania Representative on the Ramsar Convention’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel
  • Ramsar Bureau - Dr Bill Phillips, Deputy Secretary General
11.00 - 11.10 2. GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE MEETING
  2.1 Acceptance of Meeting Chair (PNG) and Vice Chair (NZ) of the meeting.
  2.2 Adoption of agenda
11.10 - 12.30 3. Recent activities under the Convention at the global and regional levels and challenges for implementation within the countries of Oceania
  Session chair - Navu Kwapena (PNG).
Session facilitated by Roger Jaensch - Wetlands International - Oceania
Rapporteur - Rebecca D’Cruz, Ramsar Bureau
  3.1 Brief summary of the preparations for COP7 by the Ramsar Bureau, including details of relevant actions/decisions of the Standing Committee (Bill Phillips).
  3.2 Brief (3-5 minute) presentations by each country representative, on the key challenges for wetland management in their country. These to be based on the questionnaires provided in advance to Roger Jaensch.
  3.3 Brief (3-5 minute) presentations by each IGO and NGO on the key challenges for wetland management in the region/country. These to be based on the questionnaires provided in advance to Roger Jaensch.
  3.4 Summary conclusions by Roger Jaensch

Day 1 - afternoon session - commences at 14.00 hrs

Times 4. Theme A : Involving local and indigenous people in the conservation and wise use of wetlands
14.00 - 14.05 Session Chair - Stephen Hunter - Head of Environment Australia (Biodiversity Group). Brief introduction to issues.
Rapporteur: Katherine Short, WWF-NZ
  Presentations:
14.05 - 14.15 4.1 Introduction to COP7 document on project which has developed Guidelines for involving local and indigenous people in wetland conservation and wise use
Bill Phillips, Ramsar Bureau
14.15 - 14.25 Questions and answers
14.25 - 14.40 4.2 New Zealand case study
Mr Harold Maniapoto
Environmental Consultant - Waikato Conservation Board Member
14.40 - 14.50 Questions and answers
14.50 - 15.05 4.3 Community participation in the preparation of the management plan for The Coorong and Lower Lakes Ramsar site, Australia
Ms Liz Thorburn, Environment Australia (Biodiversity Group), Wetlands Unit
15.05 - 15.15 Questions and answers
15.15 - 15.30 4.4 Case study - Arnavons Conservation Area, Solomon Islands
Nathaniel Dawheya, Ministry of Forests, Environment and Conservation, Solomon Islands
15.30 - 15.40 Questions and answers
15.40 - 15.55 4.5 Crocodile harvest and wetland conservation in the Sepik floodplain, Papua New Guinea
Veari Vali Kula, DEC, PNG
15.55 - 16.05 Questions and answers
16.05 - 17.00 4.6 Discussion of priorities for Oceania countries in four breakout groups chaired by the presenters as follows. Rapporteurs to be appointed in each group.
  • Group 1 - Liane Ngamane, NZ
  • Group 2 - Liz Thorburn, Australia
  • Group 3 - Nathaniel Dawheya, Solomon Islands
  • Group 4 - Veari Vali Kula, DEC, PNG
17.00 - 17.30 4.7 Presentations of conclusions from the breakout groups to the plenary
17.30 Day concludes

Day 2 (Wednesday, 2 December) - morning session - commences at 09.00 hrs

Times 5. Theme B : National and provincial planning for wetland conservation and wise use
09.00 - 09.05 Session Chair - Mr Bhaskaran Nair, Deputy Secretary for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Fiji
Rapporteur: to be announced
  Presentations:
09.05 - 09.20 5.1 Introduction to drafts of the COP7 documents on Guidelines for developing National Wetland Policies and Reviewing legislation and institutions
Rebecca D’Cruz, Ramsar Bureau
09.20 - 09.35 5.2 Vanuatu National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan project
Leah Silas Nimoho (presenter), Donna Kalfatak & Russell Nari, Environment Unit, Vanuatu
09.35 - 09.45 Questions and answers
09.45 - 10.00 5.3 Whangamarino Wetland, New Zealand
Tony Roxburgh, NZ DOC
10.00 - 10.10 Questions and answers
10.10 - 10.25 5.4 Australia’s Commonwealth Wetlands Policy and plans for a national framework of Policies involving all State/Territory Governments
Marina Walkington, Environment Australia (Biodiversity Group), Wetlands Unit
10.25 - 10.35 Questions and answers
10.35 - 11.30 5.5 Discussion of priorities for Oceania countries in breakout groups chaired by the presenters as shown.
Rapporteurs to be appointed in each group.
  • Group 1 - Leah Silas Nimoho, Vanuatu
  • Group 2 - Tony Roxburgh, NZ
  • Group 3 - Marina Walkington, Australia
  • Group 4 - if required (chair - to be announced)
11.30 - 12.15 5.6 Presentations of conclusions from the breakout groups to the plenary

Day 2 - afternoon session - Field trip to local wetlands

followed by evening dinner and Waitomo Caves visit

Times

FIELD TRIP ITINERARY

Note: Casual clothing and footwear is strongly recommended for the
afternoon/evening. Delegates going to Waitomo Caves for visit and dinner will continue straight on from the field trip without returning to the hotel.

Also note: these wetlands are not registered Ramsar sites. There is an opportunity to visit Ramsar sites on Friday afternoon after the meeting formally closes.

12.35 Depart Hamilton by bus
13.00 Arrive Lake Ngaroto - have lunch in Ngaroto Yacht Club.

Listen to brief overviews of sites to be visited during lunch.

14.00 Commence field visits with commentary by speakers listed below. Party will probably split in half to have better communication and to minimise the impact on the sites.

Lake Ngaroto - restored peat lake; ecological, cultural, historical significance.

Speakers -

  • DOC: Greg Martin, Conservator Waikato Conservancy
  • Iwi: Harold Maniapoto
  • Local authority and other agencies: Max Ward, John Greenwood, possibly others.

Moanatuatua - scientific reserve; permanent freshwater nutrient poor acidic lowland riverine terrace restiad bog; remnant peat dome. Also Lake Serpentine (en route to Moanatuatua)

Speaker - Landcare: Bev Clarkson

15.00 Two halves of the group swap sites and have afternoon tea
16.45 Visit Yarndley’s Bush - 14 hectares of kahikatea bush - one of the largest remnants of kahikatea forest, which covered much of the Waikato; demonstrates a forest wetland system

Speaker - Landcare: Bruce Clarkson

17.30 Leave for Waitomo Caves (any delegates who wish to return to Quality Hotel instead will be transported back to the hotel at this point)
18.30-evening Waitomo Caves and glow-worm visit, followed by barbecue at Roselands Restaurant, Waitomo. Return to Hamilton after dinner.

Day 3 (Thursday, 3 December) - morning session - commences at 09.00 hrs

Times 6. Theme C : Harmonising the implementation of international environment conventions
09.00 - 09.05 Session Chair - to be advised Brief introduction to issues.
Rapporteur: to be advised
  Presentations:
09.05 - 09.30 6.1. Overview of the status of membership of international environment conventions in the region, an analysis of the human resource impacts and consideration of ways to achieve more integrated implementation
Sue Miller, SPREP
09.30 - 09.50 Questions and answers
09.50 - 10.10 6.2. Introduction to Ramsar’s Joint Work Plan with the Convention on Biological Diversity, its Memoranda of Understanding and Cooperation with other Conventions, and the recent report from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre on Harmonising the Information Management Infrastructures of the International Environment Conventions.
Bill Phillips, Ramsar Bureau
10.10 - 10.30 Questions and answers
10.30 - ? 6.3 Brief statements from other Convention secretariats.
  • Jim Armstrong, Deputy Secretary General, CITES
  • Doug Hykle, Deputy Executive Secretary, Convention on Migratory Species
  Questions and answers
up until lunch at 12.30 6.4 Discussion of priorities for Oceania countries in breakout groups chaired by the following.
Rapporteurs to be appointed in each group.
  • Group 1 - to be advised
  • Group 2 - to be advised
  • Group 3 - to be advised
  • Group 4 - to be advised

Day 3 - afternoon session - commences at 14.00 hrs

Times 6. Theme C - CONTINUED : Harmonising the implementation of international environment conventions
14.00 - 15.00 6.5 Presentations of conclusions from the breakout groups to the plenary, and conclusions.

15.30

7. Theme D : Frameworks for regional and international cooperation with special Consideration for training
15.30 - 15.35 Session Chair - Joris de Bres, General Manager - External Relations, DOC, New Zealand Brief introduction to issues.
Rapporteur: to be advised
  Presentations:
15.35 - 15.50 7.1 Introduction to the draft Guidelines for International Cooperation under the Convention - a COP7 document
Bill Phillips, Ramsar Bureau
15.50 - 16.00 Questions and answers
16.00 - 16.15 7.2 The Tri-Parks project (Indonesia-PNG-Australia)
Michele Bowe (WWF Australia) and John Genolagani (DEC, PNG).
16.15 - 16.25 Questions and answers
16.25 - 16.40 7.3. Mobilising development assistance funds
Faizal Parish - special consultant to the Ramsar Bureau
16.40 - 16.50 Questions and answers
16.50 - 17.00 7.4 SPREP’s role in promoting regional co-operation on wetland conservation and sustainable use
Sue Miller, SPREP
17.00 - 17.10 Questions and answers
17.10 - 17.30 7.5 International NGOs and Ramsar in Oceania
  • Wetlands International - Roger Jaensch
  • WWF - Michelle Handley (to be confirmed)
  • BirdLife International - John O’Sullivan
  • Others - to be advised
17.30 - 17.45 Questions and answers

Day 4 (Friday, 4 December) - morning session only - commences at 09.00 hrs

Times 7. Theme D - CONTINUED (9.00 - 10.30)
09.00 - 10.00 7.5 Discussion of priorities for Oceania countries in breakout groups facilitated by the presenters.
Rapporteurs to be appointed in each group.
  • Group 1 - Michele Bowe (WWF Australia)
  • Group 2 - John Genolagani (DEC, PNG)
  • Group 3 - Faizal Parish (Ramsar Bureau consultant)
  • Group 4 - Sue Miller, SPREP
10.00 - 10.30 7.6 Presentations of conclusions from the breakout groups to the plenary, and conclusions.

 

11.00 - 12.30 Final Plenary - Meeting Chair (PNG)
Rapporteur: to be advised
  8. Next steps
11.00 - 12.00 8.1 Conclusions of the meeting - priority actions which each country wants to pursue (short statements - 3 minutes each)
12.00 - 12.10 8.2 Ramsar Bureau - how COP7 will address these priorities and how the Convention can better respond to the needs of the region
12.10 - 12.30 9. Closing remarks
  9.1 Chair of the meeting - Navu Kwapena, PNG
  9.2 Ramsar Bureau - Bill Phillips
  9.3 Vice Chair of the meeting/host country - Joris de Bres, NZ
12.30 Meeting closed
12.30 - Farewell lunch

Friday, 4 December - afternoon: POST meeting optional trip

1.30pm-7pm Post-meeting optional Visit to Ramsar sites
  DOC Waikato Conservancy will offer delegates the option of visiting Whangamarino Wetland and the coastal Firth of Thames Ramsar sites this afternoon, via mini-vans.

The trip will take place if there is sufficient interest from delegates. Delegates will be asked to register their interest in this trip upon registration on day one. Travel costs will be met by DOC. Delegates are advised to wear casual clothes and footwear, and take a small amount of money for a possible fish and chip takeaway stop on the way back.

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