SE Asian case studies sought on river basin management


Calling for South East Asian Case Studies on Integrating Wetlands, Biodiversity and River Basin Management

As a contribution to the Ramsar-CBD River Basin Initiative (RBI), the Global Environment Centre (GEC) is preparing a guideline for South East Asian countries on "Integrating Wetlands, Biodiversity and River Basin Management". This will build on the Ramsar Handbook 4 on "Integrating wetland conservation and wise use into river basin management". It will be produced in English and four Asian languages: Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Malay. The project is funded by the ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (ARCBC).

The guidelines will include case studies from South East Asia and additional information on existing guidelines, useful publications and appropriate expert agencies in the region. The new versions of the handbook will be distributed free to all South East Asia countries in the format of books, CDs and as downloadable documents on the internet via the ARCBC website and the River Basin Initiative Portal.

GEC is calling for people to send copies of relevant existing or new case studies from the ASEAN region. Case studies should be related to integrated management of wetlands, biodiversity and river basin management and illustrate at least one of the following areas:

· Integrated river basin management
· Policy and legislation for integrated water resources management
· River basin management authority and institutional capacity
· Community participation and public awareness
· Assessment and enhancement of the role of wetlands in water management
· Minimising the impacts of land use and development projects on wetlands and their biodiversity
· Restoration of wetlands
· River restoration
· Water allocation to maintain wetlands

Summary of case studies with lessons learned, most relevant to the topics mentioned or best illustrating the guidelines will be selected to be included in the guideline itself. Full text of selected case studies will be included in the CD version and made available online.

Authors of the best five case studies will be invited to participate in a meeting to provide input to the overall guidelines. This meeting will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in conjunction with a workshop on "River Restoration" between 14-17 January 2003. Travel cost and accommodation will be sponsored by GEC.

The existing guidelines, summaries and case studies from the Ramsar Handbook 4 can be viewed and downloaded from the RBI portal at

Indication of interest (S.E.Asian Case Studies Feedback Form) by 10 November 2002.
Summaries submitted by 20 November 2002
Full text of case studies must be submitted by 15 December 2002

Authors are encouraged to submit their summaries and case studies online on the RBI Portal at Preference will be given to case studies which are submitted online when considering selection of sponsored candidates for the January meeting in Kuala Lumpur. More information on how to submit your summaries and case studies online is available on the portal.

Summaries and case studies can also be submitted via post and email to:
Ms Chew Oi May
Global Environment Centre
7A, Jalan 19/29, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E., MALAYSIA
Tel: + 60 3 7957 2007; Fax: + 60 3 7957 7003

Outline Format for Case Studies
on Integrating Biodiversity, Wetland and River Basin Management

Case studies should be 5-20 pages in length. The percentage in brackets is a guide to the length of each section, relative to the whole case study.

A one page summary of the case study (Item 2-5).

Introduction (10%)
Provide a brief description of the focal matter of the case study.
Describe the national context or the case study site/river basin (provide a location map).
Indicate the key agencies or stakeholders involved and the status of the work (completed/in progress /proposed)

Previous Management Strategy/Issues (15%)
Explain past management of the area i.e. before the present situation described in the case study.
Describe problems related to this approach and the impacts that this had on ecosystems, species or people.
What was the catalyst for change - a major event/issue or a general policy change?

The New Approach (40%)
Describe the new approach adopted and how it was implemented.
What was the lead institution/s and how were other agencies/stakeholders involved. Did they support the changes?
What were the resource requirements for the new approach and where did these resources come from.

Achievements (15%)
Describe the main achievements.
Did the new measures solve the earlier problems?
Describe any problems in implementing the new measures.

Lessons learned (15%)
What are the lessons learned/information derived from the case study which can provide an example or guidance to others?

Documentation (5%)
Describe any specific reports, manuals, photos, videos or other documentation available which describes in more details of the case study.

Contact details of key persons or agencies who may be able to provide additional information.
Please send copies of any such materials if they are available.

South East Asian Case Studies


Yes, I am interested to submit a case study.


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Please send me the information pack (Ramsar Handbook 4 and case studies) by email.

I will download the information pack from the RBI portal (

Suggestions on other people to contact for possible case studies:


Organisation / Institution:



Case study on


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Case study on

Feedback forms must be returned to Global Environment Centre by 10 November 2002.
7A, Jalan 19/29, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E., Malaysia.
Fax: +60 3 7957 7003; Tel: +60 3 7957 2007; Email:


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