The second training course on monitoring in Ramsar sites of China


The course began on 28 July 2003 and was over on 2nd August, which had been designed particularly for managers and technical personnel working in 20 Ramsar sites of China, except for Maipoo in Hong Kong. The course with some 40 participants was organized by the Ramsar Implementing Office of the State Forest Administration, China, aiming at promotion of the national wildlife conservation program and national monitoring campaign for Ramsar sites. To meet the demands of Ramsar, which require contracting parties to maintain the ecological characters of Ramsar sites within their territory by monitoring programs, the Chinese wetland authority was conducting the training course for the second time to improve the capacity of local sites in relevant technology and policy making.

The training covered several relevant areas of knowledge related to management within Ramsar sites, such as national ecological policies, application and management of national projects, Ramsar information, land planning, wetland monitoring and development of management plans, delivered to participants by 15 specialist or managers from relevant institutes, university and governmental agencies. After final assessment, participants were granted certificates by the wetland authorities.

Based on the first training course, which was held in August 2000, the course was successful according to responses from participants and very necessary. Much more content had been given to participants and more people had shared the course compared to last time. The Ramsar office believes that training was proved to be an efficient tool to implement the Ramsar guidelines. The success of the course also resulted from the cooperation of several governmental agencies, who sent trainees to join the group as well.

-- reported by Bao Daming

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