Ramsar visit to Samoa, May 2006
Secretary General meets with Samoa officials, visits Lake Lanoto'o Ramsar site
During 10/11 May the Secretary General visited the Ministry of Natural resources and Environment of Samoa, to talk with the Focal point and standing committee representative for Oceania, Pati K.Liu, and colleagues from nature conservation, forestry and water parts of the Ministry, together with Vainuupo Jungblut, the out posted Ramsar staff person based in SPREP. During the visit there was also opportunity to meet the Acting CEO of the ministry of Natural resources and environment, Mr. Elisaia Talouli and the newly elected minister, the Hon. Faumuina Tiatia Liuga
Time was also found to visit the Ramsar site of Lake Lanoto'o, a wonderful crater lake. The access track was especially muddy however as shown in the photographs but the two guides and trailblazers from the ministry, Talie Foliga & Samani Tupufia were able to guide the SG and Dominique Benzaken, from SPREP, successfully to the lake and return!
A visit to the proposed Second Ramsar site - Vaiusu Mangrove Area - was also made. This site is a very good mangrove site, with Rhizophora and Bruguiera species, as well as splendid stands of the mangrove fern, Acrostichum.
The Secretary General and Pati Liu
-- Peter Bridgewater
See also: SPREP press release, "Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands visits Samoa", 11 March 2006