40th anniversary celebrations in the Americas- education


Schools Promoting the Wise Use of Wetlands in the Americas

As part of the Ramsar Convention's 40th Anniversary celebrations, the Ramsar Secretariat, through its Americas team, is seeking to recognize and disseminate the experiences of schools aimed at the conservation and wise use of wetlands. This includes a) promoting awareness-raising campaigns and activities for the student community about important ecosystem services provided by wetlands, and b) designing and implementing activities by students aimed at the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

The criteria for participation are the following:

Deadline for submitting proposals: 20 December 2010 (24:00 CET); proposals received after this date will not be accepted.

Who can participate: Primary and secondary schools, both public and private, that have experiences on the wise use of wetlands.

Procedure for submission of proposals: Proposals must be submitted electronically to the Americas Regional Team at the Ramsar Convention Secretariat (americas@ramsar.org / rivera@ramsar.org) in Spanish or English using the form provided.

Selection process of proposals: The selection will be undertaken by a committee including the Ramsar Secretariat, wetland management experts, and the Americas regional representatives on the Convention's Standing Committee. The committee will select the two best submissions. The irst prize be a financial reward to be used for educational activities at the school and an opportunity to exchange experiences with another school  or an interpretative centre promoting the wise use of wetlands in the Americas. The second prize will be a financial reward to be used for educational activities at the school .

The winners will be presented with their prizes during the Convention's 40th anniversary celebration for the Americas Region of the  in Mexico City on 2 February 2011. Additionally, the selected experiences will be announced on the website of the Ramsar Secretariat. 

Please download the nomination form here

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