The Ramsar Bulletin Board, March 2013
Wetlands conservation in the Philippines and the ASEAN region
Recently, Anada Tiega (Ramsar Secretary-General) and Lew Young (Senior Regional Advisor for Asia-Oceania) attended this year’s Asia Water Week which was organised by the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines from 13 to 15 March. The theme of the meeting was "Securing Water for All" and was divided under three main themes that of basin water management, urban water services and rural water services. More [27/03/13]
Destination wetlands: great experiences!
“ITB Berlin” is among the world’s leading tourism and travel fairs, hosted by Messe Berlin at the edge of Germany’s capital. This year, the conference programme of the trade fair celebrated its 10th anniversary. And among the numerous conference sessions spread over four days, the number of those focusing on sustainability and responsibility in tourism is steadily growing. More [26/03/13]
World Water Day 2013: Cooperation is key
On World Water Day, SG Anada Tiéga stresses the importance of protecting wetlands and why it must be done multilaterally at the High Level Forum and 2013 international celebration of World Water Day in The Hague.
This year, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water. Water knows no borders, and many wetlands are international systems lying across the boundaries of two or more States, or are part of river basins that include more than one State. The health of these wetlands is dependent upon the quality and quantity of the transboundary water supply from rivers, streams, lakes, or underground aquifers. With 260 international river basins providing 60% of the world’s freshwater flows, reinforcing the value of ‘sharing’ processes and improving skills in achieving this is essential. More | français | español [22/03/2013]
Mali names three new Ramsar Sites
In 2004, the government of Mali incorporated its three existing Wetlands of International Importance into one huge Ramsar Site, the Delta Intérieur du Niger, and as of 22 March 2013 a further three wetlands have been added to the Ramsar List; Mali presently has 4 Ramsar Sites covering more than 4 million hectares. Read more here. [20/03/13]
New Assistant Advisor for the Americas
The Secretariat is pleased to introduce Sara Casallas from Colombia. Sara recently finished her MSc. in Global Environmental Change at King’s College London, England. Her undergraduate degree was in Integrated Science in Chemistry, Ecology and the Environment at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Throughout her studies she held various positions as Research Assistant for a number of environmental monitoring and policy related projects in Canada and London. While in London she had an internship at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) focusing on the role of sustainability standards and initiatives in the South-South trade of natural resources (mainly mining, forestry and agriculture) between China and Latin America. At Ramsar, Sara will be assisting Ms. Maria Rivera to support the Americas region in the implementation of the Convention. Español [19/03/2013]
Ramsar Convention Vacancy – Documentation Officer
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is seeking to appoint a Documentation Officer.
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, provides administrative services for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. More information and online application for this post are available on the IUCN website at:
Applications are invited from all interested and suitably qualified persons. The deadline for applications is 14 April 2013. Note: A candidate should SUBMIT HIS/HER APPLICATION ONLINE, USING THE LINK ABOVE. No other method of application will be considered. [18/03/13]
Philippines names urban coastal wetland
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines has designated Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) (175 hectares, 14°28’35”N 120°58’50”E ), a coastal urban wetland and bird sanctuary situated within the metropolis of Metro Manila, as that country’s sixth Wetland of International Importance. Read more here. [15/03/2013]
Third Ramsar Site in United Arab Emirates
The UAE has designated its third Wetland of International Importance, effective 10 March 2013 and located in the emirate of Sharjah. As summarized by Ramsar's Ms Nessrine Alzahlawi, the Mangrove and Alhafeya Protected Area in Khor Kalba comprises coastal subtidal, intertidal (sand beach, mangroves, mud and tidal channels), supratidal sand, salt marsh and saline flats, as well as encompassing a narrow alluvial plain dominated by Acacia woodland. Read more. [15/03/2013]
How about Arctic wetlands?
In 1996 the Arctic Council was established as a high level intergovernmental forum to provide a means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States (Canada, Finland, Denmark with Greenland and the Faeroes, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, USA), with the involvement of different Arctic indigenous communities, on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic region. More [14/03/13]
Swaziland becomes Ramsar's 165th Contracting Party
The Secretariat is very pleased to welcome Swaziland to the Ramsar family as its 165th Contracting Party. UNESCO has confirmed that the instrument of accession and accompanying Ramsar Site designations were received on 15 February 2013, so that the Convention will come into force for Swaziland on the 15th of June. The new Party has sent the required names and maps for its first three Ramsar Sites - Hawane Nature Reserve and Dam, Sand River, and Van Eck - and the respective Ramsar Information Sheets are presently being prepared by the government, with details on the new sites to be available shortly. As of today, the Convention's 165 Parties have designated a total of 2,101 Wetlands of International Importance. [07/03/2013]
Guinea-Bissau signs an Inter-Ministerial Decree for the creation of a National Ramsar Committee
The State Secretariat for Environment and Tourism, together with the Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN – Guinea-Bissau), jointly organised a stakeholder meeting on the occasion of the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2013 in Guinea-Bissau under the theme Wetlands and Water Management. The celebration, which brought over 35 wetland stakeholders, was marked by the signing of an inter-ministerial decree for the creation of a National Ramsar Committee in Guinea-Bissau. More [06/03/13]
1st European River Prize: call for nominations and proposals
The International River Foundation (IRF) awards the Thiess International Riverprize, one of the world’s most valuable environmental awards at global level. This year, besides its international and Australian prizes, the IRF is awarding for the first time a European River Prize. Organisations, public and private, governmental or not, involved in the restoration and protection of rivers, lakes, estuaries or any other wetland type may enter the Riverprize. The size of your river or budget is not a barrier to winning. It is the integration of your programmes, innovations used and achievements made towards improved river and wetland ecosystem health that the judges are assessing. More [28/02/13]