Defining an exit strategy for GlobWetland II Project


Last week, Paul Ouédraogo, Senior Advisor for Africa at the Ramsar Secretariat, attended the GlobWetland II (GW-II) second user workshop held in Jena, Germany. GW-II was launched in January 2010 as a regional pilot project of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. During the last three years, based on requests from the Contracting Parties (Ramsar member states) involved, the GW-II project team developed the GW-II Software Toolbox for a satellite-based end-to-end wetland monitoring system.

Together with the project team, the Contracting Parties have been operating the system and have produced 1,800 wetland maps and indicators for 200 wetlands, equally distributed along ten countries in the southern Mediterranean basin. The GW-II Software Toolbox has been generously delivered free of charge, together with some capacity building to the Contracting Parties.

The purpose of the second GW-II user workshop was to summarize the results and findings of the GW-II project, to assess the usability of the GW-II toolbox, to review the value of the maps and indicators and to share some first ideas on how to pursue the established partnership.

The Ramsar Secretariat proposed an exit strategy to this phase of GlobWetlands that includes: actions to be done during the workshop and actions to be implemented after the workshop. The participants agreed to hold a final capacity building workshop in order to solve some technical problems related to the use of the GW-II toolbox.

For more information, see Paul Ouedraogo’s presentation here.

Photo credit : Nabiha Ben M’Barek

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