The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 17 January 2011
USA designates the Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetland Complex
The Government of the United States has listed its 29th Wetland of International Importance, the Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetland Complex (1576 ha; 38°24´N 122°47´W). As summarized by Ramsar’s Sofia Mendez from the RIS, the wetland complex is composed of seasonal and perennial freshwater wetlands such as creeks, ponds, marshes, vernal pools, swales, floodplains, riparian forest and grassland located in the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. More | Español [14/01/11]
NatuRegio offers a vocational training programme for young professionals (not older than 40 years) working with Floodplain/Wetland/Aquatic Ecosystem and Protected Areas Management in the Central and Lower Danube River Basin (Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine). More [14/01/11]
« Bringing together all stakeholders of the lake Shkodra Region » - Small Grants Fund project successfully concluded in Albania.
Albania’s Small Grants Fund Project “Bringing together all stakeholders of the lake Shkodra Region” was successfully concluded a few months ago and was funded through a contribution by the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea. The one-year cycle SGF project has been carried out by the Regional Environmental Centre (REC) Albania in close cooperation with the Administrative Authority for the Ramsar Convention, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Administration of Waters in Albania. More [07/01/11]
How to mobilize the partners around Ramsar Sites?
After a first successful seminar in Evian in October 2009 (see our report here), a second seminar involving French Ramsar Site managers took place on 1-2 December 2010 on Ré Island on the French Atlantic coast. More [06/01/11]
Two new Ramsar Sites for the end of the year
USA designates Humbug Marsh in Michigan as its 28th Wetland of International Importance and Italy designates an alluvial plain as its 52nd Wetland of International Importance. More [22/12/10]
Belarus names its 9th Wetland of International Importance
Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve (85,149 ha; 54°38'N 028°30'E) is also listed as a Natural Area of Strict Protection, Important Bird Area and Important Plant Area. As summarized by Kati Wenzel, this Ramsar Site is located in the northern part of the country, in the Belarusian Lakeland area. The site lies on three administrative districts in the watershed of the Berezina and Essa rivers’ basins, Lepel and Dokshitsy districts (Vitebsk region) and Borisov district (Minsk region), its nearest industrial centre being Minsk city. More [21/12/10]
How to deal with coastal development pressures on Ramsar Sites?
From 28 September to 1 October 2010, the Ramsar Secretariat executed its 68th Ramsar Advisory Mission. Four experts, representing the regional authorities of the Balearic Islands, the Spanish Ramsar administrative authority (Ministry of Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs) and the Convention Secretariat, assessed the conflictual situation created by the development of a golf course in a former dune area at the edge of the coastal Ramsar Site N°449 S’Albufera de Mallorca. More [21/12/10]
Irish Government launch guidance document on Integrated Constructed Wetlands
On Monday 13 December 2010 the Irish Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr John Gormley TD., launched a new guidance document on Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICWs). ICWs represent created or restored natural wetland systems that are designed not only to deal with farmyard and domestic wastewater but which also deliver on a range of benefits including flood management, landscape aesthetics, educational opportunities and biodiversity.
See here for more information. [16/12/10]