The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 1 April 1999

Web Site inaugurated. In efforts growing out of WCMC's important "Feasibility study for a harmonised information management infrastructure for the biodiversity-related conventions", the new Joint Web Site has been unveiled, a hyperlinked index to analogous sections of the Web sites of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species, the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar), and the World Heritage Convention.  Hosted by the CBD's Clearing-House Mechanism, the new site offers a convenient roadmap through the five conventions' sites.  Watch for this logo, and get connected. More products of the WCMC study are under development.  To see the Feasibility Study itself, click here and depart for the WCMC Web site. [12/3/99] [Update: the Joint Web Site is now at http://www.biodiv.org/convention/partners-websites.asp]


USA expands a very good site. The United States has extended the Caddo Lake (state of Texas) Ramsar site by 5,347 hectares in seven parcels of property owned by the United States Army, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas General Land Office, Mr. Don Henley the well-known musician and member of the Eagles rock group, and the J. Marshall Jones family (J. Marshall Jones, Frances Elizabeth Jones, David Stuart Jones, and Jennifer Jones Kruse). The Caddo Lake Institute is to be commended heartily for its work in securing this site extension. [3/3/99]


Bureau visit to China. The Secretary General, Mr Delmar Blasco, and the Regional Coordinator for Asia, Ms Rebecca D’Cruz, met in Beijing on 26-27 February 1999 with the Head of the Convention's Administrative Authority in China, Mr. Wang Zhibao, Administrator of the National Forestry Administration, and stopped in for a gabfest with the Wetlands International - China Programme. Here's a brief report, with photos. [4/3/99]


Warning signs for the Pantanal. The World Conference on Preservation and Sustainable Development in the Pantanal: the Pantanal in the 21st century. A conference in Washington, D.C., 26-28 February 1999, sponsored by the World University Federation, the University of Bridgeport (USA), the Sun Moon University, and the Washington Times Foundation, with speakers from the Ramsar Bureau, the Worldwatch Institute, Conservation International, UNEP, OAS, the World Bank, several universities, and the government of Brazil. The Deputy Secretary General delivered the keynote address and provides this brief report on the meeting. [2/3/99]


Secretary General's visit to Costa Rica. Preparations are well-advanced in Costa Rica for the Convention's 7th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties, set for May 1999.  In the week of 8 February 1999, Mr Delmar Blasco, the Secretary General, visited San José to take counsel on the progress so far, and returned to the Bureau with a glowing report.  See a few photos of Mr Blasco at the open-air press conference held by Ms Elizabeth Odio Benito, Vice President and Minister of the Environment and Energy, to brief the Costa Rican media on the coming events. [17/2/99]

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