International Course on Wetland Conservation and Management, Karachi, February 1999


International Course on Wetland Conservation and Management 1999

10-24 February 1999

Organized by: The Scientific and Cultural Society of Pakistan

In collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Bureau, Switzerland


Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the associated plant and animal life. According to the Ramsar definition, "areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide n exceed six meters". In addition, the Convention provides that wetlands: "may incorporate riparian and coastal zones adjacent to the wetlands, and islands or bodies of marine water deeper than six meters at low tide lying within the wetlands".

Wetlands are among the most productive life-support systems in the world and are of immense socio-economic and ecological importance to mankind. They are critical for the maintenance of biodiversity and perform a great role in the biosphere. Ironically wetlands have been perceived as wastelands associated with disease, difficulty and danger. Emphasizing the negative impacts and ignoring their importance, these habitats were considered obstacles in the path of progress and hence drained, filled, despoiled and degraded for economic gains. The wetland loss has been responsible for bringing to the verge of extinction countless species of plants and animals. Inadequate understanding of the crucial role and utility of wetlands is a matter of serious concern.

Wetlands support high concentrations of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrate species. Wetlands are also important storehouses of plant genetic material. Rice, for example, which is a common wetland plant, is the staple diet of more than half of humanity.


Wetlands and their management have become internationally recognized issues. The Montreux recommendation states that "if management measures are deemed appropriate, a management plan should be developed and put into action." At the 6th Conference of Contracting Parties held in March 1996 in Brisbane, Australia, this recommendation was reconfirmed. The wetlands issue is further shown to have a very high priority in Agenda 21, one of the documents of UNCED, Rio de Janeiro, 1992. Wetland management planning involves hydrological, biological, sociological and administrative factors. Generally people who have managed wetland do not possess the current and up-to-date knowledge and skills for good wetland management planning and a wise use of wetlands. In this connection the Scientific and Cultural Society of Pakistan’s organizing the International Course on Wetland Conservation and Management, in collaboration with Ramsar Convention Bureau, aims to provide practical training about Wetland Management Planning with other topics relevant to wetlands, from February 10-24, 1999, in Karachi, Pakistan.


This course is intended for those who are involved in wetland management planning. They may be government officials concerned with wetland management planning, policies and development, protected areas officers, water resource managers, employees of local authorities, university research and teaching staff, NGO officers involved in wetlands management/research and graduate students with special subject of wetland.


The course will be aimed at focusing the current knowledge and skills about wetland management planning with other relevant topics. Specifically, the course will aim at the following goals:

  1. Classification of wetlands, including their socio-economic values.
  2. Ecological survey design and sampling techniques.
  3. Inventory techniques and development of monitoring program.
  4. Planning of wetland management.
  5. Introduction to using GIS for wetland mapping and management.
  6. Major current issues of Asian wetlands.

During the course the participants will prepare one management plan for their own country’s wetlands. This course is designed to provide practical and field work knowledge/experience but before the start of each practical exercise, lectures/demonstration will be given to provide the theoretical background.

Course participants will work on own/host country wetland case. This will be done in small group. During the preparation of wetland management plan and case study, participants will have the opportunity to discuss suggestions and ideas with their colleagues.


  1. B.Sc or equivalent degree / Field experience equal to such a level.
  2. At least two years’ professional experience in wetland management or managerial level experience related to wetlands or protected areas.
  3. Good command of English. observation, assessment and communication skills. (SCSP reserve the right to require a proficiency certificate in a English language).


Course admission application should be sent directly to the Secretary, International Course on Wetland Conservation and Management 1999:

The Scientific and Cultural Society of Pakistan, Head Office: B-7, Sheet No. 25 Model Colony, Karachi-75100 Pakistan.

The office of SCSP must receive your application with documents and resume before December 20, 1998.

Number of Participants: the maximum number of participants is 25.

Notification of acceptance: The notification of selected candidate will be on First week of January 1999 after the meeting of the SCSP selection board.


The total tuition fee is US $400 which includes administration fees, course materials, traveling during the course as this part of the program, and certificate awarding ceremony.



Accommodation in Karachi will be available at hostels and hotels ranging from US$ l5 to US$20 per night. Meals are available at hotels and hostels for around US$ 15 per day. Participants may be financially supported by their governments, employers, NGOs or by fellowship granting organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, FAO, USAID, World Bank, WWF, UNEP, Global Environment Fund, UNESCO, and IUCN.


Upon completion of the course, participants are granted a Certificate of Attendance.


The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, sometimes known as the Ramsar Convention from its place of adoption in 1971 in Iran, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for international cooperation for the conservation of wetland habitats. The Convention entered into force in 1975 and now has 112 Contracting Parties in all parts of the world, with nearly 1000 wetlands designated for the Ramsar List of Wetlands International Importance. The UNESCO serves as Depository for the Convention. The secretariat, or Bureau, is an independent body sharing headquarters with the World Conservation Union in Gland, Switzerland.


The Scientific and Cultural Society of Pakistan (SCSP) was established in 1977 as a Scientific. Educational, Cultural, Non-governmental, Non-profit, Non-political independent Organization. As an NGO the SCSP has been accredited with United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Commission on Sustainable Development, United Nations. The SCSP is a full member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

The primary aim of the SCSP is to improve the quality of Research and Education, popularize the Scientific research, Social development and establish International Scientific and Cultural cooperation.

The SCSP works to promote scientific research, education and social development and to create awareness. The SCSP has started a series of Educational Training Courses in the different fields of science & technology to impart the latest research and techniques to highly qualified persons since 1988 and trained more than 3000 persons.


Head Office: B-7 Sheet No. 25 Model Colony,
Karachi-75 100 Pakistan.
Tel/Fax: (92-21) 409-336

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