The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 9 April 2010
The 'Ramsar movie' was shown at the 4th wildlife photography exhibition in Val de Saône, France, on 13 March. Read more [09/04/10]
New impetus for the protection of the Wadden Sea. On 17-18 March 2010, the 11th Trilateral Governmental Conference was hosted by Germany at Westerland on the Wadden Sea island of Sylt, next to the Danish border, attended by over 130 participants, including the national Ramsar authorities and the Secretariat of the Convention.
The partners adopted a management plan for the entire Wadden Sea region to support decisive action against a number of invasive alien species and in response to major challenges resulting from the effects of climate change in the coastal area (sea level rise, shore line protection, etc.). Read more [07/04/10]
On 16-17 February 2010, a first meeting of the “BlackSeaWet Initiative” management body was convened in Tulcea, at the edge of the Danube Delta Ramsar site. About twenty participants from the Black Sea countries successfully finalized and adopted terms of reference for their Initiative, clarifying its mission, vision, strategic targets and operational objectives. Read more [06/04/10]
The government of Panama has designated its 5th Wetland of International Importance in the province of Ngöble Buglé: Humedal de Importancia Internacional Damani-Guariviara. The Damani-Guariviara wetland lies within the Neotropical-Caribbean biogeographical region and includes coastal and inland wetlands such as beaches, marshes, salty and freshwater lagoons, rivers and mangroves. Read more [30/03/10] > Español > français.
Statement by Anada Tiéga, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on the occasion of World Water Day. Read more. [22/03/10]
Brazil names important marine park. The Secretariat is delighted to announce that Brazil has designated its 11th Wetland of International Importance, effective World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2010. Abrolhos Marine National Park (91,300 hectares,17º49’S 038º49’W) is divided into two distinct areas: a) Timbebas reefs and b) Abrolhos Archipelago and Parcel dos Abrolhos. They include a mosaic of marine and coastal environments such as coral reefs, algae bottoms, mangroves, beaches and sandbanks. Read more. [18/03/10] > Español > français.
Launch of the final report of the UNEP/GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project (SCWP). Sara Gavney Moore of the International Crane Foundation reports that the document, Safe Flyways for the Siberian Crane: A flyway approach conserves some of Asia’s most beautiful wetlands and waterbirds, details the achievements and challenges of the SCWP, a six-year project targeting a network of 16 wetland sites along the flyways of the critically endangered Siberian Crane in China, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia. Through the support of the SCWP, several of the project sites were designated Ramsar sites, including all four project sites in Kazakhstan. More information. [18/03/10]
Mangrove Ecosystems workshop in Solomon Islands. Vai Jungblut, Ramsar Officer - Oceania Region, represented the Convention at a pre-inception workshop for the Mangrove Ecosystems for Climate Change and Livelihood (MESCAL) project led by IUCN Oceania, 10 to 12 February 2010, Solomon Islands. Here's his brief report. [18/03/10]
New set of fact sheets on Wetland Ecosystem Services now available online. Many years ago the Ramsar Secretariat produced fact sheets on the Functions and Values of wetlands. These proved to be very popular so the Secretariat has now re-produced them with updated information and using the currently recognised term ‘ecosystem services’ – the benefits people obtain from wetland ecosystems. Read more. [11/03/10]. > Français > Español
Implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Japan. The Senior Regional Advisor for Asia/Oceania, Lew Young, undertook a mission to Japan from 12-20 February 2010 to attend various meetings and to update the Secretariat on the implementation of the Convention by both the government of Japan (GOJ) and non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the country. Read more. [11/03/10]