The Conventions CEPA Programme
WLI and Ramsar, November 2005
Ramsar and WLI
( Wetland Link International)
12 November 2005, Kampala, Uganda
At Ramsar's COP9 in Uganda, Ramsar and Wetland Link International formalised a relationship that has been developing over several years through the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation. Although the two institutions have been working together for several years this MOC will pave the way for more collaborative work in the coming years. The MOC was signed (see left) by Ramsar's Secretary General, Peter Bridgewater (on the right) and WWT's Chief Executive, Martin Spray.
Ramsar's CEPA guidelines encourage the establishment of wetland education centres for promoting the principles of wetland conservation and wise use. Additionally, the guidelines emphasise the need to exchange information, materials and expertise between established centres for their mutual benefit, and for the benefit of newly established centres. The guidelines identify WLI, a programme of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), as the key organization to develop this area of the CEPA Programme so it is fitting that the two organisations have signed this Memorandum of Cooperation. Full details of the MOC can be seen here.
The deed is done!
Malcolm wooing the crowd
Following the signing ceremony, both Martin Spray and Peter Bridgewater reaffirmed their belief that the cooperative work bewteen the two institutions can bring many benefits to wetland conservation in general and, in particular, to the effective development and running of wetland edcuation centres worldwide. The audience at the signing cereomnoy were then treated to an animated presentation by WLI's Coordinator, Malcolm Whitehead, who explained the network and the benefits of the network for wetland centres everywhere. Malcolm invited questions from the audience and particularly asked for guidance as to what materials WLI could usefully provide on their Web Site for wetland centres.
More information on the Ramsar - WLI collaboration can be found on the Ramsar Web Site here and a great deal more information on the WLI network as well as useful resource materials can be found on their Web Site.