Ramsar and SPREP cooperate for Pacific region wetlands

11/03/2006
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SPREP Media Release

Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands visits Samoa

The Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Dr. Peter Bridgewater based in Switzerland, is visiting Samoa on 10 and 11 May 2006.

Dr. Bridgewater is in Samoa to carry out the official signing of the new Memorandum of Cooperation between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Apia and the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

The Memorandum of Cooperation covers a three-year period from 2006 to 2008 and agrees to a number of joint collaborative activities: these aim to promote and strengthen the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources in the Pacific Islands region.

The visit is also a timely opportunity for both Secretariats to discuss long-term goals for strengthening the promotion of wetlands conservation and wise use, and also the work of the Ramsar Convention in the Pacific region.

Dr. Bridgewater is meeting with the Ramsar National Administrative Authority of Samoa, which is the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Meteorology (MNREM). And he will have an opportunity to meet Samoa's new environment minister, the Honourable Faumuina Tiatia Liuga.

On his second day, Dr Bridgewater pays a visit to Samoa's first national Ramsar Site, Lake Lanoto'o.

Samoa Joined the Ramsar Convention in 2004. The Convention on Wetlands (named after the city Ramsar in Iran) is an intergovernmental treaty, which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. There are presently 152 Contracting Parties to the Convention, five of which are Pacific Island States. At present 1596 wetland sites, totalling 134.7 million hectares worldwide, are designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

For further information, contact Vainuupo Jungblut at SPREP: VainuupoJ@sprep.org

Dr Peter Bridgewater, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention, signs the Memorandum of Cooperation with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) under the watchful eye of Vainuupo Jungblut, the Assistant Ramsar Officer based in Apia, Samoa.

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