Participatory Management Clearinghouse describe
Amongst all its many deep deliberations, the 25th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee weighed and pondered the question of the implementation of Resolution VII.8 on participation of local communities and indigenous people in wetland management, and at the end of the day agreed upon this:
Decision SC25-8: The Standing Committee welcomed and supported the joint initiative by IUCN, WWF, and the Ramsar Bureau to establish a Participatory Management Networking Service (PMNS), to be managed by IUCNs Social Policy Programme.
(See also agenda paper SC25-9 at the Ramsar Web site: http://ramsar.org/key_sc25_docs09.htm .)
Here is a bit more background information on that SC decision:
The Participatory Management Networking Service (PMNS) [now called the Participatory Management Clearinghouse] is a joint initiative of IUCN (The World Conservation Union), the Bureau of the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This service will facilitate the dissemination of information concerning participatory management of natural resources (Collaborative Management, Community-Based Management and Indigenous Peoples Management). PMNS will link existing networks/institutions to promote a better flow of rich and diverse experience, providing a common space to share lessons learned.
This service is in its early development, under the coordination of the Social Policy Programme at IUCN. The focus at this stage is on constructing a Web page, which will eventually become the backbone of the service, and act as an information index for information on participatory management of natural resources (it should be noted that only abstracts and summaries will be featured on the site). The intent of the site is to help those interested in participatory management approaches to find out the publications, events and then go directly to the authors, intuitions or organizations that have produced them.
Furthermore, for the next stage of this service, the patners in this endeavor are contemplating the development of regional PMNS components and the use of alternative formats (like CD-ROM, print outs), to make it more accessible to different users worldwide.
At present those developing the initiative are seeking help in providing information on documents, events and initiatives dealing with participatory management of natural resources from the Ramsar community. This information would be used to feed the Web Page and reflect the contribution that the Ramsar Convention and its partner organizations are making to the field of participatory management. The main point of this service is to facilitate sharing of information -- this free service is being set up to allow interested parties to go to one venue to find diverse documents and events regarding participatory management.
The principal contact for the PMNS within IUCN HQ is Ms. Joanne Pereira, and the Ramsar Bureau's liaison person is Mr. Anada Tiéga, Regional Coordinator for Africa (firstname.lastname@example.org). Joanne Pereira can be reached at email@example.com , fax ++ 41 (22) 999-0025 or by phone at ++ 41 (22) 999-0272 .
Update: as of April 2001, the PMNS has changed its name to the Participatory Management Clearinghouse (PMC).