The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 26 April 2012



Drugeon Basin Ramsar Site in the spotlight

“Sustainable Development in Lake Areas” was the topic of a project bringing together actors from a dozen European countries and Ramsar Sites through a series of five interactive workshops in Estonia (lake Vörtsjärv), Poland (Milicz fishponds), Slovenia (Triglav mountain lakes), Greece (Nestos delta) and, on 18-21 April 2012, in the Drugeon and upper Doubs valleys in France. The main objective of the project was to support local initiatives in sustainable development by exchange of good practices to increase the capacities of private actors, NGOs and local authorities in environmentally sensitive areas. More [26/04/12]

Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee launches website to promote the wise use and protection of all their wetlands

The Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee was set up by the Irish Government in November 2010 to assist Ireland in meeting its requirements as a signatory to the Ramsar Convention. To celebrate World Wetlands Day in February 2012 in Ireland, the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee launched their new website More [25/04/12]

Desde La Patagonia Plan de Manejo del Sitio Ramsar Bahía Lomas e Inauguración del Centro Interpretativo

El Ministerio del Medio Ambiente de Chile, presento el pasado 18 de Abril el plan de manejo para el sitio Ramsar Bahía financiado por el Fondo de Pequeñas Subvenciones de la Convención Ramsar así como con los aportes de Manomet Center. En el 2007, se dio inició a este proceso participativo tendiente a la elaboración de un plan de manejo para el sitio y la instalación de un Comité Promotor de Bahía Lomas entre autoridades ambientales, Conama hoy Ministerio de Ambiente y territoriales, Comuna de Primavera, así como el sector privado, representado por la Agencia Nacional del Petróleo-ENAP y la Academia con la Universidad Santo Tomas. Leer más. [24/04/12]

Who's Where?


Sandra Hails, CEPA Programme Officer, is delivering a welcome speech on behalf of the Secretariat at the opening of the Liminganlahti Visitor Centre, at the Liminganlahti Ramsar Site, near Oulu, Finland (26-27 April).

Paul Ouédraogo, Senior Regional Advisor for Africa, will be in Dakar (Senegal) from 24-29 April to consult several potential stakeholders of the Integrated Critical Mangroves Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme. [23/04/2012]

Claudia Fenerol, Partnership Coordinator, will attend the Global Oceans Partnership meeting held by the World Bank in Washington DC. She will then attend the Rio+20 meeting of the 2nd reading of the Conference outcome document titled “the Future we want’ in NYC. [19/04/12] 

For more old Ramsar Secretariat travel news, see also 'Who Was Where', 2000
, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 , 2012

Yesterday's News


Ted Hollis Scholarship in Wetland Hydrology and Conservation

The UCL Department of Geography seeks applicants for the Ted Hollis Scholarship in Wetland Hydrology and Conservation. The Scholarship is targeted at overseas students, preferably from less developed countries, who are academically exceptional and would otherwise be unable to study at one of Britain's leading universities.

The Scholarship will support a post-graduate student undertaking research leading to a PhD in the field of wetland hydrology and conservation. It is intended that the successful candidate will join the Department from the beginning of the 2012/13 session (September 2012). The closing date for applications is 8 June 2012. Details of application procedures are on the UCL Department of Geography’s web site here. [24/04/12]

Ramsar Regional Centre – Central and West Asia: New Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Sadegh Sadeghi Zadegan has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Ramsar Regional Centre – Central and West Asia. The centre was endorsed in 2005 as one of the Regional Initiatives of the Ramsar Convention and it has since played an important role in supporting the implementation of the Convention in Central and West Asia.

Mr. Sadeghi Zadegan has a B.Sc. in Agronomy and Plant Breeding and a M.Sc. in Environment Science, working on a thesis entitled "Bird Strike Risk Assessment for the Country's Airports". He initially worked for the Iranian Department of Environment as an Ornithological Expert, and then as Deputy Director Wildlife and Aquatic Affairs Bureau. From 2003 to 2010, he was also the National Project Manager for the UNEP/GEF Siberian Crane Wetlands Project. Mr. Sadeghi Zadegan is familiar with the work of the Ramsar Convention through being the CEPA and STRP National Focal Points from 1998- 2002. He is presently also the CMS National Focal Point for the MoU concerning Conservation Measures for the Siberian Crane, and he was the National Delegate for Wetlands International from 1998-2007.

The Ramsar Convention Secretariat looks forward to working with Mr. Sadeghi Zadegan (email:

SG Anada Tiéga celebrates Earth Day in Panama Bay Ramsar Site

Panama City, Panama. (22 April, 2012) - Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on 22 April, a day that invites reflection on the importance of our natural resources and particularly on fragile ecosystems such as mangroves.

The National Wetlands Committee of Panama celebrated Earth Day with the visit of the Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention, Anada Tiéga, to Panama Bay Ramsar Site, a Wetland of International Importance, a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site and a protected area in Panama that is valued for the ecosystem services it provides. More | Español [23/04/12]

Ramsar Briefing Note on avoiding, mitigating, and compensating for wetland loss

The third publication in the scientific and technical Briefing Note series, Avoiding, mitigating, and compensating for loss and degradation of wetlands in national laws and policies, is a supporting background document to Draft Resolution XI.9, "An Integrated Framework and guidelines for avoiding, mitigating and compensating for wetland losses", proposed by the Ramsar Standing Committee for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Bucharest in July 2012. Read more about it here. [18/04/12]

Recent Ramsar Site extensions

Bulgaria has recently extended the boundaries of the Ramsar Site Pomorie Wetland Complex from 814 to 922 hectares. France has significantly extended the area of the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin de Guadeloupe from 20,000 to 29,500 hectares. [16/04/12]

The 5th Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting, Koror, Palau

The 5th Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties was held in Koror, Palau, from 26 to 30 March 2012. It was attended by some 30 representatives from the governments of Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Partners that attended included Birdlife International, the IUCN Oceania Regional Office, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Palau Office, the Micronesia Challenge Regional Office, Palau Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – Micronesia, among others. More [12/04/12]

Vacancy at WWF International: Design and Impact Advisor

WWF International in Gland, Switzerland is seeking a Design and Impact Advisor to drive results-based management best practices in global priority programmes with a focus on planning, monitoring and evaluation. To see the vacancy announcement, go to: Deadline for application: 30 April 2012 [11/04/12]

Brunei Darussalam’s Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources organised an International Conference on Wetland Forests, 22-23 March 

Claudia Fénérol of the Ramsar Secretariat participated in the conference and provided a presentation on “the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Conservation and Wise Use of Wetland Forests”. The Conference was attended by well over 100 people from the SE Asia Region with other global experts. The purpose was to bring together international experts to discuss the value of forest biodiversity and movement towards a green economy. 

The conference provided an excellent interchange and sharing of information on the value of the Brunei wetlands and identified many issues and challenges for the future. A key outcome of the Conference was Brunei’s announcement to accede to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands within this year! 

The meeting was co-sponsored by Wetlands International, The Global Environment Centre and Permian Global. The interview of Ms. Fénérol about the event and Brunei Darussalam by the Brunei Times can be found at

Draft Resolutions for Ramsar COP11

According to the Convention's "Rules of Procedure for meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties", all Draft Resolutions to be considered by the COP will be made available to the Parties at least three months prior to the opening of the meeting. As of 5 April 2012, therefore, all Draft Resolutions that have been approved by the Standing Committee for consideration by the Conference of the Parties are available in English, French, and Spanish here. General reports and background information documents are also being posted as they become ready and will all be available by 5 June 2012, one month prior to the opening of the COP, here. [06/04/12]

Working together for wetlands: Exchange training at Champ-Pittet centre

Located in the heart of the « Grande Cariçaie », the largest lakeside marsh area in Switzerland, Champ-Pittet has welcomed Ms Ouassila Berrebib for a five-week stay to share knowledge on wetland centre management. Ouassila works at El- Kala National Park in Algeria which is located at the extreme north-east of the country and is listed as a Wetland of International Importance. More [04/04/12] 

2-3 March 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: African Ramsar National Focal Points meet at MEA Negotiations Training Workshop to prepare for Ramsar COP11

Ramsar National Focal Points (26 delegates) met on a two-day Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) negotiations training workshop from 2 to 3 March 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop was organised to enhance the capacity of Ramsar National Focal Points to prepare for effective negotiation during the next Ramsar COP11 in Bucharest, Romania. This workshop follows the regional workshop for Africa on “Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan”. More [02/04/12]

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