Wetlands International announces DGIS small grant awards for 2003


To explore new ways of working with its development assistance partners, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its Directoraat-Generaal Internationale Samenwerking (DGIS), has an agreement with Wetlands International on cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands in which DGIS provides funding support through Wetlands International and its partners for a range of wetland conservation and wise use projects. Beneficiaries of the fund include DGIS target countries and neighbouring countries sharing a common resource, such as water catchments or fisheries. The programme also gives direct support to eligible International Conventions and Agreements including: Ramsar / Wetlands International Joint Work Plan, Ramsar / CBD Joint Work Plan, CBD/Ramsar River Basin Initiative, Ramsar Training and Advisory Service, World Commission on Dams Report and follow up actions, Work

This week, Dr Douglas Taylor (taylor@wetlands.agro.nl), International Science Coordinator at Wetlands International in Wageningen, The Netherlands, has announced the list of all approved projects under the Wise Use and Poverty Alleviation programme (Focal Area B of the DGIS funding mechanism), running until 31 December 2003. (The Focal Area A part on peatlands is not yet fully allocated.)

Ramsar Bureau. Side event and publication of awareness material for COP8 and beyond Global, COP8

BirdLife. Community based wetland management for Sustainable Livelihoods
and Biodiversity Conservation, Ethiopia.

Wetlands International China. Integrated Management of Biodiversity, Wetlands and River Basins in China

Department of Environment Fiji. Capacity building for implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Fiji

Environmental Protection Authority, Marshall Islands. Capacity building for implementation of the resource management plan for Jaluit Atoll Marine Protected Area

IUCN. Regional Interpretation of the findings of the World Commission on Dams in the lower Mekong River Basin Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam

IUCN. Strengthening the capacity of Sub-District Development Organisations and local village institutions for integrated natural resource management in the Lower Songkhram River Basin, NE Thailand.

Global Environment Centre and Malaysian Anglers Association (PeMM). Conservation of Biodiversity of Nenggiri River System through Community Action

The Southern Community Development Group. Poverty alleviation through habitat restoration and wise use of wetland resource in Don Sak, Surat Thani Province, Southern Thailand

IUCN SSC. Capacity building for inland water biodiversity assessment and conservation in East Africa.

Fundación PROTEGER. Integrated Management of Wetlands and their Biodiversity Mainstreaming with the Fishing Resources Conservation in the La Plata Basin, Argentina.

BirdLife International. Raising awareness and enhancing capacity for wise use of wetland resources in four Caribbean countries: the West Indian Whistling-duck and Wetlands Conservation Project. Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cuba

BirdLife International. Sustainable development of the resources of Ras el Ain spring (Lebanon) for the benefit of biodiversity and people.

Wetland Action. Wetlands and food security in south-west Ethiopia. An economic, ecological and institutional analysis for sustainability.

National Wetlands Programme, Uganda. Wetland information provision about Uganda's wetlands to national and district wetland managers in Uganda, and the global wetland community strengthened.

CORPEI, Ecuador. Promotion of sustainable trade of products and services derived from wetlands in Ecuador

Alterra Green World Research. Biorights: Assessing the potential of a new financial mechanism for poverty reduction through biodiversity conservation and natural resources management (with demonstration sites in Indonesia, Mali, and Costa Rica).

For more information, see http://www.wetlands.org/projects/PWUW/Default.htm.

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