The Ramsar News Archive, 08 August 2011

Report on Doñana Ramsar Site now available in Spanish

On 20-22 January 2011, together with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN (acting as its advisor for natural sites), the Ramsar Convention undertook a joint mission to the Spanish Ramsar Site Doñana, one of the most famous wetland ecosystems in Western Europe. More [25/07/11]


Launch of a Management Committee to protect Anzali Wetland in I.R. Iran

Anzali Wetland is located on the southern coast of the Caspian Sea in the Islamic Republic of Iran and was listed as a Ramsar Site in June 1975. Due to changes in its ecological character, Anzali Wetland showed signs of degradation and was listed on the Montreux Record in 1993. In this context, a technical cooperation between the Government of the I.R. Iran and the Government of Japan was created to establish a conservation plan for Anzali Wetland. More [22/07/11]


The Ramsar Centre for Eastern Africa (RAMCEA) held a planning meeting in November 2010 in Entebbe, Uganda

The first RAMCEA planning meeting was held from 15 – 17 November 2010 in Entebbe, Uganda and was attended by participants from Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and a representative of Wetlands International Africa Office. The team consisted of Ramsar Administrative Authorities, National Focal Points, Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) Focal Points, Scientific Technical Review Panel (STRP) Focal Points. Read the full report [PDF] sent by Paul Mafabi, RAMCEA. [20/07/11]


Fourth Wetland Managers RRC-EA Training Programme in South Korea

The Fourth Wetland Managers Training Programme for North East and South East Asia was held from 20 to 24 June in South Korea. The Ramsar Regional Center - East Asia (RRC-EA) organised the programme, which was hosted by the Korean Ministry of the Environment and sponsored by Gyeongnam Province, Changwon City, and the Gyeongnam Ramsar Environmental Foundation. About 28 individuals from 15 countries throughout East and Southeast Asia attended the meeting. More [14/07/11]


Second Meeting of the Caribbean Wetlands Regional Initiative

The second meeting of the Caribbean Wetlands Initiative was held on the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean from 4 to 9 July 2011 in Kralendijk.
Led by the Governments of Jamaica and Cuba and supported by the Public Entity of Bonaire, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation of the Caribbean Netherlands and the Ramsar Secretariat, the meeting’s main objective is to discuss the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the region. More [13/07/11]


The 8th International training of trainers course on wetland management comes to a successful end

The annual 3-week course in the Netherlands on the International training of trainers on wetland management has just finished. First launched in 2004, the course endorsed by the Secretariat runs every year bringing up to 25 participants together in a practical learning process particularly focused on the facilitation of multistakeholder processes and curriculum development. More [12/07/11]


Ramsar and the Society of Wetland Scientists reaffirm collaboration

At its annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic on 7 July, the Ramsar Secretariat and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate on areas of common interest for wetland conservation and wise use through the signature of a third Memorandum of Cooperation, for 2011-2015. More [11/07/11]


Report on Mediterranean wetlands

The Tour du Valat and the Coordination unit of Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory have published the results of the study “Mediterranean wetlands Monitoring situation and needs assessment”. The study covers 16 countries of the Mediterranean area (60% of MedWet countries). Results may interest Mediterranean countries and sub-regions to consolidate their national and local protected areas and wetlands M&E systems. The report is available in French and English, with a summary in Arabic language. More [07/07/11]


Argentina designates its 20th Wetland of International Importance

Palmar Yatay (21,450 ha; 31°52'S 58°19'W) is mainly composed of permanent and seasonal rivers, streams and creeks, permanent and seasonal freshwater marshes and pools and their surrounding lands. Located in the border between the Pampa and Espinal ecoregions, this site contains characteristic communities and habitats of both areas. More | Español [04/07/11]


Hungary names its 29th Ramsar Site during the European Union Presidency

The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Government of Hungary has designated Fishponds and Marshlands south of Lake Balaton (Dél-balatoni halastavak és berkek), located in the County of Somog. This Ramsar Site (9,483 ha; 46°42’N 017°36’E) is also listed as a Protected Area, Special Protection Area (SPA), and Site of Community Importance (SCI). More [01/07/11]



Bulgaria names its 11th Wetland of International Importance

The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Government of Bulgaria adds Dragoman Marsh Karst Complex (14,967 ha; 42º56'N 023º01'E) to the Ramsar List. The site is also registered as a Protected area and a Natura 2000 site. The area is situated in west Bulgaria, Sofia district. It consists of marshes, wet meadows, several karst springs, two artificial lakes, including the Petarch Fishponds, and the Blato River. Dragoman marsh itself is the biggest limestone marsh in Bulgaria and is particularly rich in biodiversity. More [01/07/2011]


Mediterranean Water Means Wetlands

Twenty years after the signing in Ramsar city of the first modern global environmental treaty, about 300 concerned individuals gathered at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea, in the Italian town of Grado, in February 1991 and agreed on a strategy for joint actions for Mediterranean wetlands. More [30/06/11]


Conference on the Sustainable Use of Wetland Resources in Astana, Kazakhstan (11-14 May, 2011)

The sustainable use of wetlands in Kazakhstan is a critical issue because of the country’s limited water resources. As a result, a UNDP/GEF/RoK Government project was initiated in 2004 entitled “Integrated Conservation of Globally Significant Wetland Habitat: a Demonstration on Three Sites”, to promote the integrated conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in the delta of the Ural River, the Alakol-Sasykkol lakes and the Tengiz-Korgalzhyn lakes. More [29/06/11]


Les Grangettes – now Switzerland’s largest Ramsar Site

The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce that Switzerland has extended “Les Grangettes” Ramsar Site from 330 ha to 6,342 ha. More [28/06/11]


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