The Ramsar Bulletin Board, August 2013

Ramsar at Stockholm World Water Week

SG Chris Briggs and DSG Nick Davidson will be in Stockholm for World Water Week (SWWW) from 1 to 6 September, the annual meeting of professionals working on local to global water issues. This year’s theme is “Water Cooperation and Building Partnerships”, and Ramsar will engage in the many seminars and side events focusing on various aspects of the theme. The Ramsar Secretariat is co-convening two SWWW events:

  • On Sunday, 1 September – “Nature Based Solutions: opportunities for cooperation to meet water objectives for wash, agriculture and conservation” (click here for more details), and
  • On Monday, 2 September A presentation of the key findings from the “TEEB for Water and Wetlands” report” (more details here).

"Together with CBD Secretariat, we will also be meeting with many of our partner organizations to discuss how we move forward in establishing a collaborative partnership on natural solutions for water management as agreed at CBD's COP11" said DSG Davidson.

We invite you to engage in these events and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the debates through our Twitter account @RamsarConv! [29/08/13]

Whitley Fund for Nature opens applications for the 2014 Whitley Awards for nature conservation

Each worth £35,000 over one year, the awards recognize some of the world’s most dynamic conservation leaders, supporting projects founded on good science, community involvement and pragmatism. Applications are open to nationals of the countries where their conservation activities are focused. Deadline is October 21, 2013. Full application details, including a list of eligible countries, are available here. [23/08/13]

Virtual conference on the importance of Ramsar Site status for decision-making process in the Neotropics

With the purpose of sharing some of the activities that have been done by some of the Administrative Authorities and other stakeholders regarding the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the Americas region, the Ramsar Secretariat and the STRP began a series of virtual conferences, also known as webcasts/ webinars, addressed to Ramsar National Focal Points, National Focal Points of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) and the whole Ramsar family. For this first session, specifically targeted to STRP National Focal Points and Ramsar National Focal Points, the invited speaker was Mr. Enrique Barraza, who is the Ramsar National Focal Point and the STRP Focal Point for El Salvador. More [15/08/13]

Dr Christopher Briggs, new Ramsar Convention Secretary General

Gland, Switzerland, 14 August 2013 | In his first weeks as Secretary General, Dr Briggs is holding meetings with all Ramsar staff in Gland, Switzerland and meeting counterparts in IUCN and other partner organizations. He will also be preparing for his participation at the upcoming World Water Week in Stockholm (1-6 September) and other missions to Asia and Africa to better understand the challenges and successes of implementing the Convention on the ground. More... | Español | français

 Cape Verde designates salt flats for Ramsar List

Cape Verde has named Salinas of the English Port (Salinas de Porto Inglês) (535 hectares, 15°09’16”N 023°13’33”W) on Maio island as its newest Wetland of International Importance, bringing that country’s total number of Ramsar Sites to four. A brief site summary has been prepared by Ramsar’s Charlotte Eyong, based on the accompanying RIS, and some photos are available as well. More. [13/08/13]

The latest issue of the STRP Newsletter is now available

You can now download here the second issue of this year’s STRP newsletter from the Ramsar website and STRP Platform to find out about the latest STRP and wetland-related news and activities. To receive the newsletter electronically subscribe here.

You can contribute to the newsletter by submitting your wetland-related news, on-the ground projects or upcoming meetings here. Feel free to distribute this issue within your networks! [13/08/13]

SGF News: Project completed at Nepal's Mai Pokhari Ramsar Site

A Japan-funded Small Grant Fund project has been successfully completed in the Mai Pokhari Ramsar Site in Nepal, one that was focused on community-based wetland management and the strengthening of existing conservation efforts. Details and photos here. [10/08/13]

Sweden names 15 Ramsar Sites

The Swedish Naturvårdsverket has designated 15 new Wetlands of International Importance, most of them characterized by forested and non-forested peatlands, shrub-dominated wetlands, permanent freshwater lakes, marshes, pools, rivers and streams representative of the Alpine and Boreal regions. All but one of them are also Nature Reserves and Natura 2000 sites with management plans and some restrictions on use, and the remaining one, Mannavuoma in the far north, is described as virtually inaccessible, "resulting in a natural protection". Sweden presently has 66 Ramsar Sites, the 4th highest national total (after the UK, Mexico, and Spain), covering an area of 651,683 hectares. View site summaries here. [09/08/13]

Vacancy at the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat

One of Ramsar’s Regional Initiatives, the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), is looking for a Communication Officer to support its communication work along the East Asian – Australasian Flyway. The position is based in Incheon, Republic of Korea and is a 2-year term contract starting on 30 September 2013, with the possibility of renewal. The closing date is 18:00 (Seoul Time) on 31 August 2013. Full details about the post and the application process are available here . [09/08/2013]

SGF news: Kyzylkum desert project successfully completed in Uzbekistan

With the generous contribution of the government of Sweden, the project "Tudakul and Kuymazar water reservoirs, Western South part of Kyzylkum desert, Uzbekistan: Designation of a new Ramsar site" has been successfully completed. One of its main aims was to raise awareness of wetland values and their ecosystem services among decision makers, stake holders, the business sector, and the local community of Tudakul and Kuymazar reservoirs. Read more. [08/08/2013]

SGF news: Pokhara Valley project in West Nepal successfully completed

Nepal’s National Lake Conservation Development Committee (NLCDC) has successfully completed the Ramsar Small Grants Fund project “Designation of Lake-Cluster of the Pokhara Valley of West Nepal in the Ramsar List”, paving the way potentially for Ramsar designation of the site. Read more here. [07/08/13]

Kenya aims to tackle growing degradation of vital wetlands

Kenya is embarking a long-term strategy to conserve and enhance its rich and varied wetlands – key natural resources important for agriculture, drinking water, flood defense and tourism – amid concern that many are facing serious degradation and decline. A strategy to conserve wetlands should align with Ramsar Convention's main pillars, says the new Kenya Wetlands Atlas. Read more. [07/08/13]

New Web facilities for the Ramsar STRP

The Secretariat is pleased to announce the much anticipated launch of a new Platform for the Convention’s subsidiary scientific advisory body, the Scientific & Technical Review Panel (STRP). The Platform will facilitate the intersessional work of the Panel, and it seeks to enhance communication with Ramsar Contracting Parties, STRP National Focal Points and the whole Ramsar family. Read more here. [06/08/13]

Ramsar Documentation Officer takes up his post

The Secretariat is pleased to welcome Edmund Jennings as its new Documentation Officer, replacing Dwight Peck. Ed will be responsible for ensuring the quality of official documents, editing them as necessary, and ensuring their timely production in English, French and Spanish. He will also be editing and publishing reports, handbooks, briefing notes and web content. After graduating in Law from the University of Bristol in 1994, Ed managed strategic planning and reporting processes for public hospital groups in London. He went on to work as a freelance magazine production editor, and later applied this knowledge in editorial project management and teaching roles, including for the Royal National Institute of Blind People in the UK and for a number of Italian government ministries and agencies in Rome. From 2007 to 2012 he managed the publishing activities of the Norwegian Refugee Councils' Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, which reports on the situation of people in over 50 countries who have been forced to flee their homes by conflict, violence or natural disasters. [05/08/13]

Denmark’s 43rd Ramsar Site

The government of Denmark has named its 43rd Wetland of International Importance, Lille Vildmose (7,393 ha; 56°54'N 010°12'E) in the Region Nordjylland near Aalborg.  Read more. [05/08/13]

SGF news: Small Grants Fund report on Samoa’s Lake Lanoto'o

The management of Lake Lanoto’o, Samoa's largest permanent freshwater wetland, has seen considerable progress following the recent completion of the Ramsar Small Grants Fund project, Improved Management of Samoa’s first Ramsar Site, Lake Lanoto’o. Read more. [04/08/13]

CBD Regional Workshop for Pacific Countries, Fiji, July 2013

Vainuupo Jungblut, Ramsar Officer for Oceania based at the SPREP in Samoa, recently attended the CBD Regional Workshop for Pacific Countries on preparation of the Fifth National Report, Nadi, Fiji, from 22-26 July 2013, and took the opportunity to discuss Ramsar matters with national delegations. Read more. [04/08/13]

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