Travel report from Vainuupo Jungblut, Ramsar Officer – Oceania Region
Vainuupo 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, Solomon Islands.
The main goal of the Mangrove Ecosystems Climate Change and Livelihood (MESCAL) project is to help reverse recent trends in the loss of mangroves, increase resilience of the people of the Pacific to climate change and provide natural insurance against the effects of climate change and extreme events. This 5-year project, due for completion at the end of 2013, focuses on adaptation of mangrove ecosystems to climate change involving five Pacific Island Countries - Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Vainuupo reports that the workshop was well attended, with country representatives from Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tonga as well as representatives from University of the South Pacific (USP), Worldfish Centre, UNDP, Conservation International, Federation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI), WWF, Wetlands International, the University of Tasmania and James Cook University and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
This initiative is a key example of the Ramsar Secretariat working in close collaboration with its International Organization Partners (IOPs). Mangroves are identified as an underrepresented wetland type in the Ramsar list and a special wetland type globally. The mangrove-focused activities to be undertaken under the MESCAL project will help Fiji, Samoa and Tonga (nearing accession) over the next four years in building capacity to implement the current Ramsar strategic – specifically:
- wise use
- wetland inventory and assessment
- science-based management of wetlands and
- wetland restoration.
For more information, contact:
Vainuupo JUNGBLUT (Mr)
Ramsar Officer Oceania