The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 4 August 2001
Ramsar signs MOC with Ducks Unlimited. At a ceremony on Saturday 21st July at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, Mr Delmar Blasco, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention, Mr D.A. (Don) Young, Executive Vice-President of Ducks Unlimited USA, Mr Rod Fowler, Executive Vice-President of Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Sr Eduardo Carrera, Director General of Ducks Unlimited México, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to strengthen the working relationship between the Ramsar Convention and the three sister organizations of Ducks Unlimited.
With over one million supporters, Ducks Unlimited (DU) is a leading NGO in the conservation of wetlands and their waterbirds in North America. Following the new MOC, DU will use its extensive networks of partners, representatives, Associate Organizations and experts to further the work of the Convention in the region, and both Ramsar and DU will explore the scope for specific initiatives of further cooperation such as exchanges of staff, joint projects and publications. Here's the text of the MOC and a press release from Ducks Unlimited. [24/07/01]
Call for nominations for the Wetland Conservation Award. The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award was established in 1996 by Resolution VI.18 in order to recognize and honor the contributions of individuals, organizations, and governments around the world towards promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands. It was awarded for the first time at the 7th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (San José, Costa Rica, 1999) (1999 winners' profiles, ceremony photos). The Ramsar Standing Committee, in October 2000, revised the criteria and procedures for adjudicating the Award and determined to select three winners for presentation at the 8th Conference of the Parties, to be held in Valencia, Spain, from 18-26 November 2002. The Committee gratefully accepted the offer of the Danone Group (France) to complement the Ramsar Award with the Evian Special Prize, a cash prize of US$ 10.000, which will be granted to each of the three laureates who will receive the Award at COP8.
Nominations are encouraged of persons, organizations, or government agencies that have taken initiatives which have contributed significantly to the long-term conservation and sustainable use of a wetland site or group of wetlands, especially those initiatives which might serve as inspirational or practical examples for others. Look here for a reprint of the explanatory brochure and forms for nomination in English, French, and Spanish and in a variety of formats. [15/07/01]
International Conference on Freshwater. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany will be hosting the International Conference on Freshwater, as announced at the 6th meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. The Conference will take place from 3 - 7 December 2001, in Bonn, Germany and there an informative Web site has been set up for it at http://www.water-2001.de. Further information is available from Ms Ulrike Kelm, International Conference on Freshwater, Tulpenfeld 7, 53113 Bonn, Germany (Tel: +49-(0)228-280 46 57, Fax: +49-(0)228-280 46 60, firstname.lastname@example.org ).
As part of the supporting documents available on this Web site, the lucky reader will find "Biodiversity and International Water Policy: International Agreements and Experiences Related to the Protection of Freshwater Ecosystems", 36-page paper commissioned by the Bundesministerium and written by Drs Axel Klaphake, Waltina Scheumann, and Rainer Schliep of the Technical University of Berlin. This extraordinarily thorough paper studies "an emerging global framework for action" particularly through the CBD, the Ramsar Convention, the UNFCCC, and the Convention on International Watercourses. Many other global, regional, and local agreements are also considered, however. To read this paper in either Word (big file!!) or Adobe PDF format, go to http://www.water-2001.de and hit the Supporting Studies button in the little mouse-over menu thingie in the lefthand frame. [11/07/01]
The Camargue in southern France, part of the delta of the Rhône river into the Mediterranean, is one of Europe's greatest wetlands, and certainly one of its best-managed wetlands. No wonder, then, that Ramsar Bureau staff and friends should wish to investigate what's really going on down there. Tobias Salathé led us there, and here is the report. [11/07/01}
Ramsar and WWF in Cuba. As part of the "III Congress on Environment and Development: 10 years after Rio" in Havana, Cuba, Ramsar’s Margarita Astrálaga, Denis Landenbergue of WWF’s Living Waters Campaign, and Julia Langer of WWF Cuba offered a special session for Cuban professionals on "Wetland Conservation and Implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Cuba", 21 June 2001. The primary objective of the session is to discuss future actions and management activities in the Ciénaga de Zapata (452,000 ha) in Matanzas province, Cuba’s first Ramsar site recently designated with assistance from WWF’s Living Waters Campaign and WWF Canada. More information and some great photos here. [07/07/01]