The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 13 December 2010

Thailand names a marshland

The government of Thailand has designated Kut Ting Marshland as its 11th Wetland of International Importance. This Ramsar Site is located in the northeast region of Thailand and features many wetland types and habitats with a diverse array of species. Streams, lakes, marshes and flooded agricultural land are common in Kut Ting and as such, this site is a stunning example of an intact array of important wetland types in the Mekong Ecoregion. More [13/12/10]


Ramsar's Secretary General, Anada Tiéga delivered a speech today at the UNFCCC/COP16 in Cancun, Mexico. He highlighted the role of wetlands in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Read more [10/12/10]


First Ramsar seminar on the Faroe Islands

On 12-13 October 2010, Ms Annika Olsen, Interior Minister of the Faroe Islands Government invited Ramsar experts and representatives of local ministries for a special meeting on the Ramsar Convention. The seminar was prepared by Bergur Olson of the Faroe Marine Research Institute, based on exchanges and ideas created during this year’s Nordic-Baltic wetland conference in April in Norway. More [07/12/10]


Irish Ramsar Committee created

On 27 October 2010, the new Irish National Ramsar Committee held its constitutional meeting in Dublin. A significant development for this long-standing Contracting Party that presently has 45 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, covering marine and coastal areas, sand dunes, saltmarshes, river headwaters and estuaries, lakes, reedbeds, swamps, peat bogs and karstic limestone areas. More [06/12/10]


Rep. of Korea names an open tidal flat

The Republic of Korea has designated its 13th Wetland of International Importance, Seocheon Tidal Flat (1,530 hectares; 36°00´N 126°30´E) located in the Chungcheongnam-do Province. More [02/12/10]


Third Wetland Link International (WLI) – Asia Conference Paya Indah wetlands, Malaysia, 22-25 November 2010

This 3rd conference of the WLI-Asia regional group brought together 47 participants from 9 Asian countries along with Chris Rostron, Head of WLI, Sandra Hails, Ramsar’s CEPA Programme Officer, and Max Finlayson, a member of Ramsar’s STRP. The overall aim of the conference was to share best practice at wetland centres, establish contacts between centres across the Asia region and to further develop WLI-Asia as an effective centre network. More [02/12/10]


El Salvador designates a lagoon complex

The government of El Salvador has designated Complejo Güija (10,180 ha; 14°17'N 89°29'W) as its fifth Wetland of International Importance. This Ramsar Site includes the Protected Natural Area San Diego y San Felipe Las Barras, a lagoon complex and its surrounding flooded areas. More | Español [30/11/10]


Report on the Workshop for Ramsar CEPA Focal Points in Namibia, 8-11 November 2010

This workshop was the fourth in a series for Ramsar CEPA Focal Points and the first to take place in the African continent. It brought together CEPA Focal Points and other representatives from 10 countries in southern Africa, as well as representatives from the 3 non-Contracting Parties in this sub-region, Angola, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. More [29/11/10] 


First Ramsar workshop of the African STRP National Focal Points and other wetland experts in South Africa next week

The workshop, which will be held in Johannesburg from 30 November to 2 December, will gather around 60 participants to share experience in wetland management, build a better understanding of the Ramsar Convention and STRP processes as well as advance on some key STRP tasks. More [25/11/10]


Report on the Bird Watching Festival 2010, Hong Kong Wetland Park, China

On 6 November 2010, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government organised a special event at the Hong Kong Wetland Park to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the designation of Mai Po Inner Deep Bay as Ramsar Site, which is an important feeding and resting ground for migratory waterbirds. More [24/11/10]


Preview of 'Ramsar's Liquid Assets' anniversary booklet now online

To celebrate 40 years of the Convention on Wetlands next year, the Secretariat is pleased to release the PDF versions of a commemorative booklet that will be officially launched on 2 February 2011. This 32 page booklet in the three official Convention languages is a brief reflection on, and celebration of, the evolution and achievements of the Convention since 1971.

Please write to riera@ramsar.org to receive the design files on a DVD (do not forget to include your full mailing address) if you wish to adapt or translate it. Hard cover copies will be officially launched worldwide by the Ramsar Secretariat on World Wetlands Day 2011. English |French | Spanish (PDF)


Five new Ramsar Sites in Mexico

The government of Mexico has designated five new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing Mexico’s total site amount to 119 Ramsar Sites covering 8,225,476 hectares – the Convention’s global total is 1904 Ramsar Sites covering 186,584,279 hectares. Brief descriptions of the five new sites have been prepared by the Americas team based on the Ramsar Information Sheets submitted to the Secretariat, and further information in Spanish will be available soon. More [15/11/10] 

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