National Wetlands Conference announced for Russian Federation



"A Strategy for wetland conservation in the Russian Federation"

24-26 February 1999, Moscow, Russia

Organised by: State Committee of the Russian Federation on Environmental Protection and Wetlands International-Russia Programme

Objectives: The main objective of the conference is to bring together representatives from key government agencies, NGOs, scientific institutions and other stakeholders to review the current state of wetland conservation in Russia, and to develop A National Strategy and Action Plan for Wetland Conservation in the Russian Federation. This document will provide a basis for the development of national and regional initiatives for the conservation and sustainable management of wetlands, including the development of a GEF project for implementation of action related to the conservation of internationally important biodiversity. It will also provide a basis for enhanced national and international cooperation in the field of wetland management in the Russian Federation, including the identification of options and priorities for the cooperative management of transboundary wetlands.


  • International experts with experience in the development of national wetland policies
  • Representatives of national conservation agencies of the bordering countries
  • National experts and representatives of federal and regional conservation authorities and NGOs

Major topics:

  • A Draft National Strategy for Wetland Conservation, which will be brought up for discussion at the conference, includes the following key subject areas:
  • Responsibilities of the federal and regional agencies in wetland conservation;
  • National wetland inventory;
  • Wetland legislation;
  • Monitoring of wetland ecosystems;
  • Development of a protected areas network for wetlands of international, regional and local importance;
  • Maintenance of threatened wetlands and restoration of declining wetlands;
  • Education and training;
  • Scientific research;
  • Promotion of public awareness and NGOs;
  • International and transboundary cooperation.

Languages: Russian and English

Important deadlines: 30 November 1998 2nd announcement and a call for papers & posters

For more information about the conference, contact:

Wetlands International-Russia Programme Office
P.O. Box 55 Moscow 125319 Russia
Tel/Fax: +7 095 1904655; E-mail:

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