Ramsar Bureau's trip to China


Ramsar Bureau visits China, February 1999

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. The National Forestry Administration is directly under the authority of Vice Prime Minister Wen Jiaboa, together with the National Environment Agency and other organs dealing with natural resources management in the country.

Among other topics of discussion, the Secretary General invited Mr. Wang Zhibao to arrange a presentation at Ramsar COP7 about the ambitious ecological rehabilitation programme adopted by the Government of China in November 1998, which includes rehabilitation of very significant areas of wetlands as a means to avoid a repetition of the catastrophic floods that affected the country last year.

The National Forestry Administration is receiving comments from a wide range of other government agencies in order to prepare the fourth draft of the National Wetland Action Plan, which hopefully will be submitted for adoption by the Council of Ministers later in the year. The Ramsar Bureau will receive a copy of the draft for comments before it is finalized.

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Photo: The Secretary General, Mr Delmar Blasco (left), with Mr. Wang Zhibao, Administrator of the National Forestry Administration, and an aide, Beijing, February 1999.

Li Lukang (li.lk@263.net) adds this news about the visit:

A Meeting with staff of Wetlands International China Programme

Mr Delmar Blasco, the Secretary General of Ramsar Convention, and Ms Rebecca D’Cruz, the coordinator for Asia and Pacific, paid their visit to China 25-27 February 1999.

In the first day of his visit in China, Mr Blasco met with the staff of Wetlands International-China Programme (WI-China). During the meeting Mr. Chen Kelin, the coordinator of the WI-China Programme, briefly introduced the progress made since the establishment of the Programme in 1996. Mr. Chen made a particular emphasis on new GEF wetlands project; the small grant project entitled Capacity Building and Management Planning for Dongzhaigang Ramsar Site, Hainan; editing activities of bimonthly journal of Newsletter for Wetlands, and celebrating activities on World Wetlands Day. Mr. Chen stressed that the China Programme continues to assist the Chinese government to deal with protection and wise use of wetlands following the wetland conservation strategy developed by the Convention. Mr Blasco highly appreciated the achievements of the Programme and pointed out that the Ramsar Convention and Wetlands International have had very good relationship in the past 20 years and together have made an important contribution to wetlands conservation. He said that the Ramsar Convention would continue to support WI-China. Some publications of WI-China were given to Mr. Blasco.

Mr. Chen Jianwei, the Deputy Director General of the Department of Wildlife Protection, the State Forestry Administration (SFA), was present.

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