First Consultation Workshop on Wetlands Inventory Planning in Khartoum, Republic of Sudan
Over 30 participants from various ministries and organizations in the Republic of Sudan came together on 17 May, 2012 in order to agree on the purpose and methodology of carrying out a baseline inventory on Sudan’s Wetlands. A project proposal to carry out a national wetland inventory of the Republic of Sudan was developed by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Physical Development (MEFPD) of the Republic of Sudan. MEFPD requested technical assistance from the UNEP country office in Khartoum to mobilize support for its implementation. Following this request, UNEP (represented by Mr. Hassan Partow) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (represented by Mr. Paul Ouédraogo), organized a mission from 12-17 May to formulate in consultation with key government institutions and stakeholders a planning framework for the implementation of the national wetland inventory.
|Group picture taken after the workshop|
The meeting was opened by Mr. Sayed El-Nour, Director of the General Department of Environmental Affairs on behalf of the Undersecretary of the MEFPD. He pointed out the fact that the economic, social and environmental importance of Sudan’s diverse wetlands was underscored.
|From left to right-Sayed Haq Elnour-DG Environment MEFPD- Paul Ouedraogo-Ramsar Secretariat-Homi Babiker-Undersecretary General MEFPD- Hassan Partow UNEP|
The objectives of the meeting were to clearly articulate the purpose and objectives for carrying out a national wetland inventory based on cross-sectoral discussions and inputs; agree on the institutional mechanism for carrying out the wetland inventory, including roles and mandates and finally establish a work plan for the preparation of a national wetlands desk study and remote sensing survey to be carried out over the next 12 months. It was also pointed out that the preparation of a national wetlands inventory is closely linked to UNEP’s ongoing collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources on the development of a national policy and strategy on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and the implementation of catchment rehabilitation and management plans. The inventory is also an implementation of Ramsar Convention at national level.
At the end of this workshop, a work plan to carry out a Desk study for the National wetland inventory in Sudan for 2012-2013 was prepared. This plan included the key steps to be carried out in preparing the national wetland inventory desk study as well as a draft list of national and international institutional data sources. During his closing remarks, Hon. Homi Babiker, Undersecretary General of Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Physical Development reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to work with UNEP and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat in mobilizing the necessary resources for the implementation of the national wetland inventory.
Reported by Paul Ouédraogo, Senior Regional Advisor for Africa
For more information, see the workshop report here (PDF)