The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 9 March 2010

Ramsar signs MoU with the Organization of American States (OAS). Secretary General Anada Tiéga and Mr Cletus Springer, Director, Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the GS/OAS Executive Secretarial for Integral Development at the OAS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, on 17 February. Read more. [08/03/10]

Ramsar signs MoU with the Stetson University College of Law (Florida, United States). Ramsar signs MoU with the Stetson University College of Law (Florida, United States). Secretary General Anada Tiéga and the Dean and University Vice President of Stetson, Darby Dickerson, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 18 February. Read more. [08/03/10]

New publication: Wetlands for the Future. The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce the launching of the publication “Wetlands for the Future Fund: Benefitting Wetland Management and Conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean”. Read more. [05/03/10]

Ramsar’s STRP meets for its 2010 ‘mid-term workshops’. The Convention’s Scientific & Technical Review Panel (STRP) met in the Secretariat/IUCN offices in Gland, Switzerland from 22-26 February 2010 for its ‘mid-term workshops’ to further progress its 2009-2012 Work Plan. Some 50 STRP members, invited experts and representatives of observer organizations gathered to review and undertake substantive work on the wide range of high priority and other tasks requested of it by Parties at COP10. Read more. [03/03/10]

WWD in Botswana. In the context of the international symposium “Wetlands in a Flood Pulsing Environment: Effects on and responses in biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and human society”, held 1-5 February 2010 in Maun, Botswana and reported elsewhere, long-time Ramsar STRP member Prof. Max Finlayson, Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University in Australia, presented an overview of the Ramsar Convention and World Wetlands Day and their relations with Botswana. The text of his presentation can be seen here. [03/03/10]

Now available. Ramsar Advisory Mission report: Marromeu Complex. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat was informed in 2008 of potential threats to Mozambique’s only Ramsar Site, the Marromeu Complex in the Zambezi Delta, from oil and gas prospecting activities. In 2009 the government of Mozambique invited the Secretariat to activate the Ramsar Advisory Mission procedure in response. A team of Dave Pritchard, Abou Bamba, and Francisco Rilla visited the site and undertook consultations there and at national, provincial and district level from 16-20 August 2009. This report summarises the Mission’s findings and presents 24 recommendations for short- and long-term action. [23/02/10].

Ramsar signs MOU with the World Bank. Secretary General Anada Tiéga and Mr Hartwig Schafer, Acting Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, at the World Bank have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, on 16 February, the purpose of which is to "establish a framework of cooperation between Ramsar and the World Bank in exchange of technical expertise and capacity building related to the development and implementation of climate change projects in wetlands in the context of the World Bank-financed climate change portfolio". Amongst Ramsar's roles will be to provide technical support for the assessment, formulation, and development of climate change projects in wetlands in the geographical areas of wetland projects in the World Bank portfolio; to assist in the development of tools and methodologies to assess the magnitude of carbon sinks in mangroves; to support the development of the wetlands typology and protocol for assessing net carbon storage or CO2 emissions under different conditions; and to prepare jointly publications on the findings of the cooperation. The text of the agreement can be seen here (PDF). [19/02/10]

Audubon Sanctuary celebrates Ramsar designation. Audubon of Florida’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, home of the largest stand of old-growth Bald Cypress trees in North America, hosted a celebration of its listing as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention on Thursday, 18 February. Ramsar's Secretary General Anada Tiéga was there to present the Ramsar site certificate to the assembled notables and applaud their efforts. Here is the story, from the Naples (Florida) News, and here is a press release (PDF) from Audubon of Florida. [19/02/10] Some photos.

New WOW Publication Showcases “Flyway Conservation at Work – Across Africa and Eurasia”. The third annual newsletter of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) UNEP-GEF African-Eurasian Flyways Project has now been printed and is available from the WOW Project Coordination Unit upon request. The publication gives an overview of the WOW project and the latest achievements of this unique flyway initiative in the African-Eurasian region. The newsletter showcases the important flyway-scale conservation work and materials being developed under the project. Read more. [18/02/10]

Transboundary Ramsar Site managers meet in Strasbourg. To profit from accumulated experience in international cooperation in Ramsar site management, the Alsace Regional Council and the regional office of the French Ministry of Ecology invited Ramsar site authorities to share their views -- this led forty managers of transboundary Ramsar sites in Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Germany, Latvia, Luxemburg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine to meet on 29 January 2010 in Strasburg, just prior to the World Wetlands Day celebrations in their home countries. Tobias Salathé's illustrated news report is here, and Edith Wenger's official summary of the meeting is here. [17/02/10]

Secretary General's visit to Australia. Somewhat belatedly, here is a summary of Ramsar SG Mr Anada Tiéga's October 2009 visit to Australia, written by Simon Godschalx for Wetlands Australia's National Wetlands Update (no. 18). [14/02/2010]

Ramsar and the WTO sign Memo of Cooperation. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat Secretary General, Anada Tiega, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization's Director of Sustainable Tourism, Luigi Cabrini, on behalf of the Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the 2nd of February, 2010 during the World Wetlands Week celebration in Victoria, Seychelles. Read more. [12/02/10]

Prespa Park cooperation a decade in the making. On WWD 2000, the Prime Ministers of Albania, Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia came together to declare their resolution to establish a transboundary “Prespa Park” for the benefits of the local people and the unique biodiversity in the water catchment basin of the Prespa lakes, shared by the three countries. Recently, the Prime Ministers of the three countries met again in the Prespa basin and decided that on the tenth anniversary of the creation of the Prespa Park, on 2 February 2010, a specific “Agreement on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park Area” should be signed. And it was -- details here. [11/02/10]

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