Mediterranean remote sensing project moves forward
Mapping, monitoring and assessment of wetlands by airborne or satellite "earth observation" techniques is an increasingly important component of Ramsar Convention implementation in many parts of the world. In collaboration with the Convention and a network of partners and Contracting Party governments in the south and east Mediterranean basin, the European Space Agency has embarked upon its second "Globwetland" project to help in applying these techniques for Ramsar-related purposes. This is envisaged as a regional pilot for potential global application, in the context of the proposed "Global Wetland Observing System" being developed by the Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP).
On 4 May Dave Pritchard (STRP thematic lead on inventory, assessment, monitoring, indicators and reporting) represented the Convention at a meeting of the project team in Brussels, for a wide-ranging discussion on the project's scope and methods. The meeting clarified several ways in which the project will support Parties with the analysis and reporting of Ramsar's indicators of effectiveness, in particular those relating to trends in ecological character of Ramsar sites. Further progress will be reported to the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee meeting (MedWet/Com 10) in Corsica, from 30 May - 4 June 2010.