Wetlands for the Future Fund


US State Department Ramsar logo US Fish and Wildlife Service


An initiative for training and capacity building on conservation of wetlands in the Neotropical Region

Sponsored by :
Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
U.S. State Department
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Annotated Checklist of Projects Supported, 1995-1997

Report on completed projects 1999-2000


dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Wildlife techniques for monitoring wetland biodiversity and management of the Littoral Mesopotamia of Argentina" (1995) and follow-up project Handbook "Wildlife techniques to study wetland populations in Latin America" (1996)

Author: María Elena Zaccagnini
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)
E-mail: mzaccag@inta.gov.ar
Amount: US$ 16,825 (1995) and US$ 4,903 (1996)
Matching funds: US$ 21,098

Short term training workshop to provide local professionals who are in charge of wetland management in Paraná (Entre Ríos) knowledge on designing, conducting, interpreting and evaluating research projects concerning ecological integrity. A training handbook will be published in Spanish and Portuguese, with the course contents and the experiences obtained during it.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Internet on line for High Andes Wetlands Program, Argentina " (1995)

Author: Sandra Caziani
Programa de Humedales Altoandinos
Universidad Nacional de Salta
E-mail: caziani@ciunsa.edu.ar
Amount: US$ 5,000
Matching funds: * salaries, computers and technical support

This project supported the installation of a radio link (receiver and antenna) and computer facilities to provide Internet services to the High Andes Wetlands Program. The project will improve the work of the Program and will lower the costs of communication and purchase of informative documents.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Design and preparation of teaching material, and implementation of a postgraduate course for the Southern Cone of South America on wetland management and conservation " (1997)

Author: Enrique Bucher
Programa de Maestría en Vida Silvestre, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
E-mail: Buchereh@si.cordoba.com.ar
Amount: US$ 21,860
Matching funds: US$ 29,230

Preparation of documents, acquisition of equipment and building of infrastructure for a post-graduate regular course on wetlands, to be incorporated into the Wildlife Management Program of Cordoba’s University.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Training workshops for the integral management of High Andes wetlands of Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Perú: Introducing and coordinating monitoring techniques for ecological character and indicator species" (1997)

Author: Sandra Caziani
Programa de Humedales Altoandinos, Universidad Nacional de Salta
E-mail: caziani@ciunsa.edu.ar
Amount: US$ 18,590
Matching funds: US$ 16,200

Training technical staff of the four countries in monitoring techniques and assessing alternatives of wise use for them to become trainers and coordinators of wetland management in the High Andes wetlands.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Educative project for the conservation of the coastal wetland Río Grande (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) important site for migratory birds" (1997)

Author: Adriana Cafferata
Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina
E-mail: fvsadg@ibm.net
Amount: US$ 4,362
Matching funds: US$ 5,660 (mainly from Manomet Bird Observatory)

Building public awareness among local communities about the importance of the biodiversity in Río Grande and encourage their participation in the preservation and wise use of the wetland.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Course on conservation and wise use of wetlands, focused on environments of Argentina" (1997)

Author: Oscar Padín
Secretaría de Recursos Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable
E-mail: secrnah@wamani.apc.org
Amount: US$ 20,000
Matching funds: US$ 21,000

Aimed at wetland administrators, to strenghten local capacity in planning and management of wetlands through sharing of experiences.


dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Towards the wise use and conservation of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize" (1995)

Author: Osmany Salas
Belize Audubon Society
E-mail: bas@btl.net
Amount: US$ 10,000
Matching funds: US$ 30,000

This activity aims at increasing local support through dialogue and at promoting involvement of the local community, so that the community could play a more direct role in the management and conservation of Crooked Tree. The project included funds for the preparation of a training handbook on conflict management which incorporates an account of the experience gained.


dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Conservation and management training using Geographic Information System CAMRIS" (1995) and follow-up project "Handbook of Geographic Information- Basics" (1996)

Author: Angelo Paccelli C. Rabelo
Fundação Terceiro Milênio Pantanal
E-mail: rabelo@alanet.com.br
Amount: US$ 10,000 (1995) and US$ 1,500 (1996)
Matching funds: US$ 8,500

Training workshop about the use of CAMRIS (a low cost, easy to use, Geographic Information System) for technical staff who work in conservation issues, mainly in the Pantanal region. A data base of sectors involved in the conservation of Pantanal will be elaborated. A training handbook (in Portuguese, Spanish and English), was prepared as part of this activity, including information about the GIS available in the market, GPS and NGOs that support training workshops about this matter.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"First Brasilian Meeting on Ramsar Sites" (1997)

Author: Heloiso Bueno Figueiredo
Ministry of Environment, Water Resources and the Legal Amazon
E-mail: hbfigueiredo@mma.gov.br
Amount: US$ 15,000
Matching funds: US$ 15,000

Meeting of government representatives, NGOs and experts to define conservation and management priorities for Ramsar sites in Brasil. The creation of a National Committee for Ramsar was proposed to enhance the implementation of the Convention in the country.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Possibility of the Mangrove Bioecology Laboratory-BIOMA to become an information and educational mini-center" (1997)

Author: Yara Schaeffer-Novelli
Fundação de Estudos e Pesquisas Aquáticas
E-mail: novelli@usp.br
Amount: US$ 24,563
Matching funds: US$ 38,113

Support the BIOMA to increase its human resources training activities and expand the services offered to researchers and technical staff dealing with working on mangroves and coastal zones by linking them to the world wide web.


dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Diagnostic and ecological assessment of the ancient Sinú river basin, with emphasis on Cispatá Bay and surrounding marshes" - Dissemination of Results (1997)

Author: Juan Manuel Díaz Merlano
Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras "José Benito Vives D’Andreis"
E-mail: jmdiaz@santamarta.cetcol.net.co
Amount: US$ 19,910
Matching funds: US$ 65,300

Disseminate the results of the ecological assessment study of the estuary, particularly to the local authorities to assist them with the implementation of training and educational workshops.

Costa Rica

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Support for automation of the Biological Documentation Center BIODOC, Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica" (1995)

Author: Enrique Quesada
Centro de Documentación Biológica, Programa Regional en Manejo de Vida Silvestre, Universidad Nacional
E-mail: Biodoc@una.ac.cr
Amount: US$ 3,794
Matching funds: US$ 10,500

Through the installation of an electronic communication system (Internet), this project aims at making BIODOC information more easily accessible. It will be provided with recent publications on Latin America and the Caribbean. Communication with other documentation centers at the national and international level will be maintained.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Evaluation of techniques to inventory wetlands and prioritize their conservation in the Tropics" (1995)

Author: Elier Tabilo-Valdivieso
Programa Regional en Manejo de Vida Silvestre, Universidad Nacional
E-mail: etabilo@una.ac.cr
Amount: US$ 3,000
Matching funds: US$ 18,985

Master's thesis analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of three wetland inventories. Evaluation of the functions and values of wetlands and their applicability to identify priority conservation areas in Costa Rica .

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Effects of cattle grazing in Palo Verde National Park" (1996)

Author: Arnoldo Paniagua Espinoza
Programa Regional en Manejo de Vida Silvestre, Universidad Nacional
E-mail: apaniagua@una.ac.cr
Amount: US$ 3,000
Matching funds: US$ 19,076

Master's thesis to quantify the vegetation in Palo Verde, estimating biomass production, and species cover under two cattle grazing rates. Cattle grazing in the wetland has been used as a tool to regulate wetland vegetation and has created habitat for thousands of aquatic birds.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Costa Rican wetlands mapmaking (1:200.000)" (1997)

Author: Rocío Córdoba Muñoz
Unión Mundial para la Naturaleza, Oficina Regional para Mesoamérica
E-mail: nwindevo@uicn.icr.co.cr
Amount: US$ 4,000
Matching funds: US$ 4,230

Updated cartographic information on Costa Rican wetlands to serve as a tool for individuals and institutions involved in decision making about conservation and wise use strategies.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Establishment of a Geographic Information System for Caribe Noreste wetland in Costa Rica" (1997)

Author: Ignacio Jiménez Pérez
Programa Regional en Manejo de Vida Silvestre, Universidad Nacional
E-mail: ijimenez@una.ac.cr
Amount: US$ 3,000
Matching funds: US$ 16,079

Master’s thesis using GIS to describe the physical and biological characteristics of the water courses of Caribe Noreste wetland and the human activities that might affect the wetland. The results will be used by the wetland management staff to facilitate its management and wise use.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Water quality of the Irrigation National System (SENARA), its agroindustrial reutilization in Cantón 6º of Cañas Subdistrict and its effect on the wetlands of the lower basin of Tempisque, Costa Rica" (1997)

Author: Francisco Osorio Zamora
Programa Regional en Manejo de Vida Silvestre, Universidad Nacional
E-mail: fosorio@una.ac.cr
Amount: US$ 3,000
Matching funds: US$ 19,708

Master’s thesis to study the presence of agrochemical in the wetlands of Cañas before and after an agricultural scheme. In addition, the final destination of pesticides applied in the irrigation ditches will be studied and their effect on the Madrigal Lagoon, a nesting site for aquatic birds.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Training on the protection and wise use of wetlands for indigenous communities in Costa Rica" (1997)

Author: José Dualok Rojas
Centro Científico Indígena
E-mail: lalvarad@ns.mideplan.go.cr
Amount: US$ 20,250
Matching funds: US$ 20,500

The project will be carried out with the participation of the communities of Talamanca (Limón). Its main goal is to contribute to wetland conservation and to strengthen indigenous and non-indigenous people’s cosmovission through a series of training workshops.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Communication strengthening in Mesoamerica as a tool for improving management and conservation of wetlands and coastal zones within the region" (1997)

Author: Néstor Windevoxhel
Unión Mundial para la Naturaleza, Oficina Regional para Mesoamérica
E-mail: nwindevo@uicn.icr.co.cr
Amount: US$ 10,250
Matching funds: US$ 28,800

Improve the quality of the services offered by the Documentation Wetland and Coastal Zone Center, establishment of an user’s web in the Mesoamerican region and training for various sectors on wetlands, coastal zones and the use of the database.


dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Logistic support for field work carried out by students of the Biology School of Guayaquil University in Ecological Reserve Manglares-Churute" (1995)

Author: Roberto Ulloa
Instituto Ecuatoriano Forestal y de Areas Naturales y Vida Silvestre
Fax: (593-2) 56 40 37
Amount: US$ 3,000
Matching funds: US$ 25,600

The purpose of the project is to support research activities on ecological processes that are applicable to the management of this wetland area, and to simultaneously help provide training in wetland research methodologies. Six sub-projects will be developed (each one with the participation of 2 students). The project will be supervised by the University and the reserve managers.


dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Sustained use plan for the Pijije (Dendrocygna autumnalis) in the Bocas del Polochic Wildlife Refuge " (1997)

Author: Anne M. Dix
Defensores de la Naturaleza
E-mail: defensores@pronet.net.gt
Amount: US$ 3,000
Matching funds: US$ 6,625

This project will be carried out by a university student as a thesis project. The main objective is to study the populations of the Pijije, in order to determine the feasibility of using the species as a source of food in a sustainable manner. The expected product is a management plan for the species.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Study of the extraction of firewood in the Bocas del Polochic Wildlife Refuge" (1997)

Author: Anne M. Dix
Defensores de la Naturaleza
E-mail: defensores@pronet.net.gt
Amount: US$ 2,269
Matching funds: US$ 2,500

To better understand the current usage of firewood from de BPWR, particularly in the community of El Estor, Izabal. The species mainly used will be identified and a wise use plan will be developed for them.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Home page for the Bocas del Polochic Wildlife Refuge" (1997)

Author: Anne M. Dix
Defensores de la Naturaleza
E-mail: defensores@pronet.net.gt
Amount: US$ 2,200
Matching funds: US$ 5,307

To connect the BPWR to the Internet, in order to improve access to information on wetlands and protected areas in Guatemala, and to allow the establishment of contacts with people whose experience can be used to improve the management of the Refuge.


dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Wetland Workshop for Bachelor in Environmental Studies" (1997)

Author: Becky Myton
Universidad Católica de Honduras
E-mail: bmyton@ns.unah.hondunet.net
Amount: US$ 8,134 Matching funds: US$ 8,134 (Caddo Lake Inst.)

Model workshop that will be held initially in Punta Izopo and could be repeated in other areas close to wetlands in Honduras. Information about Ramsar Convention will be provided, as well as training in flora and fauna identification, in wise use and conservation of wetlands and in using of equipment for monitoring water quality.


dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Wetland management and conservation workshop using Geographic Information System" (1997)

Author: Martín Lezama
Departamento de Ecología, Universidad Centroamericana
E-mail: mlezama@ns.uca.edu.ni
Amount: US$ 5,436
Matching funds: US$ 5,000

Through this training, the scope for a management plan is expected to be developed, to assist with the creation of the national wetland conservation and research group, to promote the elaboration of the National Strategy for Wetland Conservation and to give an introduction in the use of telemetry and GPS for wetland inventory and assessment.


dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Environmental Education at Mejía lagoons" (1997)

Author: Mauricio de Romaña
Prodefensa de la Naturaleza
Fax: (51) 54 21 86 08
Amount: US$ 10,320
Matching funds: US$ 16,170

Promote conservation awareness among the park-rangers, authorities, school children and teachers in the area surrounding the Mejía lagoons through lectures, courses and training workshops. It is hoped to encourage the practice of actions for the conservation and wise use of the wetlands natural resources and to produce a Handbook that will be the basic tool to promote conservation of this Ramsar site.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Wetland conservation workshop and implementation of a training action plan in Perú" (1997)

Author: Víctor Pulido
Programa de Conservación y Desarrollo Sostenido de Humedales, Perú
E-mail: wetperu@amauta.rcp.net.pe
Amount: US$ 21,892
Matching funds: US$ 9,000

Promote wetland conservation and wise use, through training of managers of the Ramsar sites and other important wetlands. An Action Plan 1998-2002 will be prepared for the implementation of the components of training, education and public awareness in the National Wetland Conservation Strategy of Perú.

Santa Lucía

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Management of wetland information in support of public awareness and training in the Insular Caribbean" (1996)

Author: Yves Renard
Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
E-mail: renardr@candw.lc
Amount: US$ 5,000
Matching funds: US$ 5,000

This project will assist CANARI in upgrading their capacity to provide help and technical references about wetland management at regional, national and local level through networking and electronic communication facilities.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Training in participatory and collaborative approaches to wetland management in the insular Caribbean" (1997)

Author: Yves Renard
Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
E-mail: renardr@candw.lc
Amount: US$ 24,080
Matching funds: US$ 27,295

Aiming to support and strengthen the participation and collaboration for wetland conservation and management in the Caribbean, material about a case study and a teaching module will be prepared, which will be made available to training and resource management institutions within and outside the region.


dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Creation of a mobile environmental education and public awareness lecture series/slide-film-video program" (1997)

Author: Ferdinand L. J. Baal
Surinam Forest Service, Ministry of Natural Resources
E-mail: lbbnb@sr.net
Amount: US$ 17,000
Matching funds: US$ 37,000

Develop of a mobile unit to work with communities living in the interior of the country and close to important wetlands, about the risks of natural resources exploitation and making emphasis in the multiple benefits of wise use of wetlands.

Several countries

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Support for the Communities Working Wetlands Workshop, International Track: South and Central America and Caribbean Wetlands" (1996)

Author: Terrene Institute
E-mail: terrinst@aol.com
Amount: US$ 4,368
Matching funds: US$ 5,000

Financial support for three speakers of the Neotropical Region to participate in a workshop, the principal goal of which was to promote wetland conservation through a community approach. The workshop was held in the United States of America in May 1996.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Internship Program for the Neotropics at Ramsar’s HQ in Gland, Switzerland" (1997, First Year)

Author: Ramsar Convention Bureau
E-mail: ramsar@hq.iucn.org
Amount: US$ 20,000
Matching funds: US$ 20,000

Through the internship program, the Ramsar Office offers young graduated professionals from the Neotropics (with a degree in Biology or equivalent) direct experience on the daily work of the Convention. The duration of each internship is one year, during which period the intern works as assistant to the Regional Coordinator for the Neotropics.

dotred.gif (924 bytes)"Handbook for wetlands conservation and wise use in the Neotropical Region"

Author: Ramsar Convention Bureau
E-mail: ramsar@hq.iucn.org
Amount: US$ 20,000
Matching funds: US$ 15,000

The main goal of the Handbook is to be used as tool for human resources training in wetland’ conservation and management in the Neotropical Region.  It has been developed with the concept of "instruction manual" to serve a wide range of users who are making decisions regarding wetlands in their routine work, administrators, government authorities, community leaders and environmentalists in general.  The chapters include general information about wetlands in the Neotropical region, its problematic, legislation and conservation and wise use techniques.  The handbook will be published in Spanish in early 1998, but new chapters will be added subsequently.

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