The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 2 July 2010

The Ramsar Convention – a modern success story for nature conservation. Ramsar's Senior Advisor for Europe Tobias Salathé reports that, as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, Estonia organised an international conference in Tallinn to celebrate 100 years of contemporary nature conservation on 27-29 May 2010. More [02/07/10]


Translation of key Ramsar documents into Arabic. In response to the adoption of the conclusions and recommendations of the Cairo Statement that was elaborated during the ‘Regional Technical Meeting on Implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the Arab Region’ held from the 22 to 25 June 2009 in Cairo, Egypt, we are pleased to announce the completion of translation of the first set of documents as requested by the participants of this meeting who included representatives of the member countries of the League of Arab States as well as concerned regional and international organizations, academics and other wetland experts. More [30/06/10]


The “Nakdong Estuary Eco Centre” in Busan, South Korea, celebrated its third anniversary on 12 June. The “Nakdong Estuary Eco Centre” (NEEC), built in 2007 in Busan, South Korea, invited Ramsar’s Secretary General, Anada Tiéga, to visit its special exhibition on the occasion of the Centre’s third anniversary. More [25/06/10]


"Managing for Change: The Present and Future States of the Marshes of Southern Iraq". This recent report represents one component of a five-year project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to support international efforts to restore the important wetlands ecosystem that was drained by the Iraqi government in the early 1990s. The report summarizes the drastic changes in the Marshes since 1973, both in terms of Marsh extent and Marsh health. It also identifies the key factors that need to be addressed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Marshes and outlines recommendations needed to stabilize and restore these valuable wetlands. The report can be downloaded via this link: http://www.iraqimarshlands.org/


Having a Ramsar site – it’s your development opportunity! In 2008, the natural floodplains along the Upper Rhine, shared between Germany and France, became the largest Transboundary Ramsar Site so far. More [18/06/10]


New Intergovernemental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) approved in Busan, Korea, 7-11 June. Delegates from close to 90 countries gathered last week in Busan, Korea, to approve the formation of an independent platform to conduct periodic assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services, critically important for sustainable development and current and future human well-being. More [18/06/10]


Wetland conservation in the Nordic-Baltic region leading the way. The government of Norway invited its Nordic-Baltic neighbours to a conference in Brekstad from 12-15 April to take stock on progress with wetland conservation work, increasing of wetland awareness and the remaining challenges. The conference was also the occasion to visit parts of the Ramsar Site N°310 Ørland Wetland System, composed of a series of coastal wetland ecosystems, and the Været Landscape Protected Area in the Tarva archipelago that would merit inclusion into an extended Ramsar Site. More [16/06/10]


Hawizeh Marsh placed on the Montreux Record. The Hawizeh Marsh Ramsar site (designated 17/10/07; Basra, Amara; 137,700 ha; 31°25'N 047°38'E), has been placed on the Montreux Record by the government of the Republic of Iraq on 28 April, 2010. This is as a result of lowering water level in the marsh due to excessive drainage in the 1990s which subsequent restoration efforts have not been able to fully reverse... More [15/06/10]


Chile has listed its 12th Wetland of International Importance, Juncal Andean Park (13,796 ha). This High Andean site is located in Chile’s central zone on the Andes mountain range between 2500 and above 5000 m altitude. It comprises a hydric network counting rivers, streams, glaciers, Andean vegas, and underground springs. More | Español [15/06/10]


Lao People's Democratic Republic becomes the 160th Contracting Party of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The Secretariat is delighted to announce that Lao PDR has completed the accession formalities with UNESCO and has joined the Ramsar Convention, as amended by the Protocol of 1982, as its 160th Contracting Party. The Convention will enter into force for Lao DPR on 28 September 2010. More [14/06/10]


New web tool shows critical migratory waterbird sites need urgent protection. A new website launched today by Wetlands International, BirdLife International and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) reveals major gaps in the protection of many critical sites used by migratory waterbirds across Africa the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia. A staggering one-third of the critical sites (representing over 1,000 individual sites within the network) are entirely unprotected, putting the future of many migratory waterbirds at risk. More [14/06/10]


The Water Research Commission (WRC) launches a new series of integrated tools for effective management and rehabilitation of wetlands. The challenges of wetland management and rehabilitation span a range of spatial scales and institutional levels, from the national and provincial to the level of specific wetland sites involving individual landowners.

The WET-Management Series is a set of integrated tools for assisting users to achieve well-informed and effective wetland management and rehabilitation. More [11/06/10]


"Achieving Carbon Offsets through Mangroves and Other Wetlands” – expert workshop report now available.

As part of implementing the “Danone Fund for Nature”(DFN) – a partnership between the Danone Group, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Ramsar Convention – an expert workshop was held in Gland, Switzerland in November 2009. The workshop brought together those directly involved in the implementation of the Danone Fund for Nature with a wider group of experts from other organizations, including Ramsar’s Scientific & Technical Review Panel (STRP), with expertise in one or more aspects of mangrove restoration, wetland restoration, carbon measurement (in mangroves and other types of wetland), and carbon offsets and markets, for the purpose of reviewing and advising on the further development of the Danone/IUCN/Ramsar initiative in the context of other wetland-related carbon storage and offsets initiatives and projects, and with a particular focus on mangroves. More [08/06/10]


The Ramsar Convention kicks off a global celebration of 40 years of conserving wetlands. 2nd February is World Wetlands Day - this we all know. But there’s something special about WWD 2011: it’s the 40th anniversary of the birth of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. At the Secretariat we are well ahead with our planning for the Convention’s birthday and we hope our news today will help you, the Ramsar family, to become fully involved and use this opportunity to raise the profile of Ramsar and wetlands in your country. More [07/06/10]


Ramsar signs a Memorandum of Cooperation with UNEP-WCMC

Secretary General Anada Tiéga and Jon Hutton, Director, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), signed a MoC in Ramsar' offices in Gland, Switzerland, on 4 June 2010. More [04/06/10]


Ramsar's Secretary-General participates in two roundtables in Geneva to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity and World Environment Day on 4 and 5 June 2010
In 2002, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity committed to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth. Today we notice alarming biodiversity declines showing that world leaders are failing to deliver commitments made in 2002 to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss. As an environmental community it is now more important than ever to convince people, from governments to local communities, that biological diversity belongs to us all and our survival as a species depends on it. More [04/06/10]

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