International Navigation Association working group meeting


On 21-22 June 2000, the Bureau  hosted the 2nd meeting of the Wetland Restoration Working Group of PIANC, the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses (also known as the International Navigation Association), which groups all the major business interests in harbours, maritime and river navigation. The group is ably chaired by Russ Theriot of the Waterways Experiment Station (US Army Corps of Engineers), and is mandated over the next two years to produce guidelines on wetland restoration for the use of private sector concerns involved in harbour development, maintenance, and dredging. Ramsar’s Dr Tobias Salathé, among others in the group, brings the perspective of environmental organizations and sees this kind of cooperative participation in industry’s efforts to be environmentally-friendly as a promising field of endeavor.

 pianc1.jpg (23735 bytes)

The next meeting will take place during the week of 13 November 2000 at Rosario, Argentina, where a canal is currently under construction, passing through the Paraná wetlands, a highly contentious issue.

pianc2.jpg (25578 bytes)

Russ Theriot, the Working Group chairperson, expressed his gratitude to the Secretary General and the Bureau for its hospitality in hosting the 2nd meeting, and intends to liaise closely on restoration issues from the Ramsar perspective with Dr Bill Streever, his colleague in the United States Army Corps of Engineers' Waterways Research Station in Vicksburg, Miss., USA   (Dr Streever is an observer member of Ramsar's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) representing the Society of Wetland Scientists.)

pianc3.jpg (42915 bytes)

Here's the entire PIANC gang convivializing right in amongst IUCN's special nature garden. (Photos: Alexander Belokurov, Ramsar)

Back to top
Follow us 
Ramsar Awards 

The Convention today

Number of » Contracting Parties: 168 Sites designated for the
» List of Wetlands of
International Importance
2,186 Total surface area of designated sites (hectares): 208,674,247

Ramsar Secretariat

Rue Mauverney 28
CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 22 999 0170
Fax: +41 22 999 0169
Map: click here

Ramsar Forum: subscribe