The Ramsar Convention's Swiss Grant for Africa
Switzerland approves "Swiss Grant for Africa" for 2007
The Secretariat's Africa team is pleased to announce that the Federal Government of Switzerland (Federal Department for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication) through the Swiss Agency for the Environment (OFEV) has agreed to assist the Convention's activities in Africa for another year through the Swiss Grant for Africa. The 2007 Swiss Grant for Africa will allow the Secretariat to support three projects on the continent and supported the organization of the Africa Regional Preparatory Meeting for COP10 held from 26 to 30 November 2007, in Yaoundé, Cameroon. This will make an important contribution to the team's strategic objectives for Africa.
The proposal to the Swiss government for the year 2007 will support the following activities in Africa:
- Preparation of a series of radio programs to illustrate the importance of wetlands for socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Rwanda. It is anticipated that the documentary will be in English, French and Kinirwanda and will cover the following wetlands: i) Le marais de Rugezi, ii) Le complexe Akagera, iii) Le complexe Mugesera / Rweru and, iv) Le marais de Kamiranzovu.
- Preparation and implementation of the National Ramsar Committee's action plan of Mali.
- Assistance to the government of Swaziland in acceding to the Convention and designating its first Ramsar site.
The Swiss Grant for Africa administered by the Ramsar Secretariat is a generous annual contribution, dating back to 1989, offered by the Federal Government of Switzerland over and above the annual contributions provided to the Convention's core budget.
The total amount allocated this year is CHF 150'000.