The Ramsar News Archive, 20 December 2011


Fifth Pan-American Regional Meeting of the Convention on Wetlands (6-10 December 2011, Kingston, Jamaica)
The fifth Pan-American meeting of the Convention on Wetlands was hosted by the Ministry of Housing, Environment and Water and the National Environment and Planning Agency-NEPA in Kingston, Jamaica, from 6-10 December 2011. More [20/12/11]

V Reunión Regional Panamericana de la Convención sobre los Humedales (6-10 Diciembre 2011, Kingston, Jamaica)
La V Reunión Panamericana en preparación de la COP11 se llevo a cabo del 6-10 de Diciembre en Kingston, Jamaica presidida por el Ministerio de Vivienda, Ambiente y Agua y la Agencia Nacional de Ambiente y Planeación. Mas aquí. [20/12/11]

Ramsar Awards 2012 News: Interviews Posted

The Ramsar Secretariat has posted the interviews with the 2012 Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award Winners. The Awards will be presented at the Ramsar COP11 Meeting in July, 2012 in Bucharest, Romania.  Each of the five people being honoured brings a unique and valuable perspective to the world of wetland conservation.  To read each interview, please click here.  [15/12/2011]

Skocjan Caves, A Treasure

Twelve years ago, Skocjan Caves were designated by Slovenia for the Ramsar List, at the occasion of COP7 (1999), as one of the first karst and underground wetland ecosystems. One that features an exclusive stalactite cave system, a roaring underground river, impressive collapsed dolinas and other karst phenomena with a particular cultural heritage in the above-ground settlements. Today, the locals and the managers of the protected area celebrate 25 years of its inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986. And fifteen years ago, in 1996, shortly before its Ramsar designation, the Public Agency of the Skocjan Caves Regional Park was created.  More. [14/12/2011]

Presentations and Reports from the 2011 Ramsar Asia Regional Meeting Posted

The results and presentations of the Ramsar Asia regional Meeting are now posted. There are over 50 PDF versions of the work presented at the meeting in Jakarta. Please click here to read more. [14/12/2011]

Wetlands International Japan News

Wetlands International Japan has translated to Japanese the Ramsar 40th Anniversary booklet, "Ramsar's Liquid Assets". It is available here as a PDF.  The team printed 1,000 copies in June, 2011 and distributed some of them in a public event titled "Eco-life Fair" held on 4-5 June, 2011 in Tokyo. The brochure was also used as a text for a college course given by Ms. Miki Sasaki at Hosei University in Tokyo to introduce Ramsar. Special thanks go to Prof. Satoshi Kobayashi (Kushiro public University of Economics) who supervised the translation, and to Ms. Miki Sasaki and Ms. Satomi Obata of Wetlands International Japan (WIJ).  Find out more on their website:   [12/12/2011]

A new key to act at national level: the Association Ramsar France

The 3rd annual seminar of the activity leaders at French Ramsar Sites took place in the Camargue on 14-15 November 2011. Nearly two hundred participants gathered, in the centre of France’s first Ramsar Site in the Mediterranean Rhone river delta, in the transformed 19th century sheep barn of Mas de Peint, a family enterprise for wetland agro-tourism. The highlight of the seminar was the signing of the “Charter for the management of Ramsar Sites” by the French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the President of the Camargue Regional Nature Park for the Association Ramsar France, Hervé Schiavetti, and the Ramsar Secretary General, Anada Tiéga. More.  [09/12/2011]

Lithuania's two newest Ramsar Sites

The Ministry of Environment of Lithuania has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing the Convention's global total to 1,970 Ramsar Sites with a surface area of 190,737,829 hectares. Lithuania's two new sites, both in the eastern part of the country in Utena and Vilnius counties, are that Party's first designations since it joined the Convention in 1993, and they bring Lithuania's total to 7 Ramsar Sites covering 65,581 hectares. Ramsar's Assistant Advisor for Europe, Kati Wenzel, has summarized the two new sites based on the accompanying Ramsar Information Sheets. More here. [09/12/2011]

Developing Ecological Character Descriptions for Ramsar Sites in Australia

Australia has developed a more systematic and strategic approach to the management of Australia's Ramsar wetlands to ensure Australia's responsibilities under the Ramsar Convention are discharged effectively and efficiently. As part of this process the national framework and guidance for describing the ecological character of Australia's Ramsar Wetlands establishes a standard method for describing ecological character for wetlands in Australia. ECDs for many Australian sites are now in the process of being finalised. Indeed, recently three were uploaded to the Ramsar Sites Information Service: Towra Point Nature Reserve, Paroo River Wetlands and Forrestdale and Thomsons Lakes Ramsar Sites. More. [08/12/2011]

2012 Ramsar Award Winner, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, shares press release

Wisconsin Wetlands Association has been selected to receive the 2012 Wetland Conservation Award by the international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the organization's outstanding achievements in the area of wetland education. Wisconsin Wetlands Association is the first ever recipient of this award from the United States, joining previous laureates from Thailand, Australia, Japan, Kenya, China, Peru, and Canada.  Wisconsin Wetlands Association is being honored for its work to promote and increase the number of designated Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance in Wisconsin and the United States. In 2009, Wisconsin Wetlands Association established the Wisconsin Ramsar Committee to identify globally-important wetlands in Wisconsin and to work toward international recognition and acclaim for these critical sites through designation as Wetlands of International Importance.  Read the PDF Press Release here. [06/12/2011]

"The Future of Wetlands"

As a Nordic contribution to the celebration of 40 years of global wetland conservation, Finland organised an international conference on 25 October 2011 in Helsinki on “The Future of Wetlands”. With support from the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Ministry of the Environment and the Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Service invited experts from Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, the Europarc Federation and the Ramsar Secretariat to reflect on the current (deteriorating) state of wetlands, the failure to reach the 2010 biodiversity target, and to explore why wetlands are relevant, how we should interact in order to find more efficient and sustainable solutions, and how to increase the political commitment for the future.  More here.  [06/12/2011]

Report of the Ramsar Asian Regional Meeting, 14-18 November, 2011The Pre-COP11 Ramsar Regional Meeting for Asian Contracting Parties was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 14-18 November 2011, hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and co-organized with the Ramsar Secretariat. The meeting was attended by over 100 people who were either already actively involved with the Convention or were new to the Convention. Participants heard presentations and held discussions on the implementation of the Ramsar Convention across Asia since COP10 (2008), and on the issues that will be discussed during COP11 (2012) and priorities for the coming triennium. Reported by Lew Young, Ramsar Senior Advisor for Asia-Oceania.  (A PDF version of this report is posted here.Read More here.  [06/12/2011]

The Upper Rhine Transboundary Ramsar Site: News

Increasingly, Ramsar Parties who share common wetland ecosystems and river basins work together across national borders for their common management. To date, 14 such ecosystems are formally declared as Transboundary Ramsar Sites (TRS). On 13-14 October 2011, on edge of the Upper Rhine TRS, the Trinational Environment Centre in Weil-am-Rhein (a small town situated where Germany meets France and Switzerland) invited experts on transboundary cooperation for a seminar to exchange experiences derived from different contexts in Europe. More information here. [05/12/2011]

“Save water, grow green!”

This was the theme of the 7th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference held 21-23 September 2011, in Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In their final declaration, the Ministers of 44 countries in the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) underlined that water is critical for economic and social development and environmental protection. They encouraged intersectoral cooperation, including national policy dialogues on Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Supply and Sanitation, and agreed to pursue an ecosystem approach and the integration of ecosystem values in economic accounting. This constitutes an important regional contribution towards the Earth Summit Rio+20 in June 2012.  More. [01/12/2011]

Ecuador's La Tembladera rich in endemic species

The Ministerio del Ambiente of Ecuador has named that Party's 14th Wetland of International Importance, La Tembladera, a permanent lagoon and surrounding inundated areas located in the Tumbesian Endemic Bird Area in El Oro province near the Pacific coast. Continue reading. [01/12/2011]

Wetlands for water, forests and people – a powerful relationship

On 13-15 September 2011 an international conference took place in Murmansk (Russian Federation), in one of the northernmost cities (69°N). It focused on wetlands and the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the Barents-Euro-Arctic Region, where a formal intergovernmental programme of cooperation exists between the administrative regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia around the Barents Sea and along the Green Belt of Fennoscandia (at the border of Russia with Norway and Finland). More. [28/11/2011]

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