Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Ramsar Sign Memorandum of Cooperation

1 November 2011 marks an important day for Ramsar and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

Ramsar and WWT have signed a three-year Memorandum of Cooperation promoting the commitment of both organisations to the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The purpose of this Memorandum of Cooperation is to provide a flexible framework for collaboration between the Parties, mobilizing WWT’s technical and capacity-building expertise for an improved implementation of the Ramsar Convention.

Anada Tiéga, Secretary General, Ramsar and Martin Spray, Chief Executive of Wildfowl and Wetlands Trustat the signing.

The agreement provides a framework that includes the following areas of cooperation between the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention and WWT:

  • Expanding the Wetland Link International network of wetland centres and their promotion as key places of learning and training about wetlands and wetland-related CEPA.
  • Aiding in the harmonisation of wetland conservation policies across Multilateral Environmental Agreements (Ramsar, CMS, AEWA, CBD, EAAFP), the UN and other international partners, especially those relating to disease threats to wetlands.
  • Aiding in the development of policy and technical/scientific instruments largely through the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) process. WWT is an invited Observer Organization (2009-2012), and for the 2009-2012 cycle a WWT staff member is an individual STRP member appointed in their own right (Regional Networking for Europe 2009-2012).

For More Information:

See the signed agreement here (PDF).

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"The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations working globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people.

Founded in the UK in 1946 by the late Sir Peter Scott, today we complement wetland conservation work carried out worldwide with a network of UK visitor centres comprising 2,600 hectares of globally important wetland habitat."

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