The Ramsar Bulletin Board
Call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards 2015
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has the pleasure of launching a call for nominations for the sixth edition of the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards, which will be presented at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in June 2015.
Three Awards will be given – each with the Evian Special Prize of US$10,000 kindly offered by the DANONE Group – in the following categories:
a) The Ramsar Convention Award for Wetland Wise Use
b) The Ramsar Convention Award for Wetland Innovation
c) The Ramsar Convention Award for Young Wetland Champions
Vacancy: HR Business Partner, IUCN/Ramsar Convention
The HR Business Partner will work on a 50/50 basis for the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and IUCN. Tasks and responsibilities will include recruitment and selection of staff and general human resources matters.
Read more [14/04/14]
Fiji: Update on Ramsar Site nominations and development of a Pacific Mangrove Declaration
Visiting the Fiji Islands in March, Vainuupo Jungblut, Ramsar Officer for Oceania, had the opportunity to discuss the development of the Pacific Mangrove Declaration/Charter and to participate in the meeting of the Fiji National Wetland Steering Committee (NWSC) to receive updates on Fiji’s Ramsar Site nominations.
With IUCN Oceania staff he discussed joint activities under the Pacific Mangrove Initiative (PMI), and in particular the development of the Pacific Mangrove Charter/Declaration to attract high level support for the protection and wise use of mangroves in the Pacific Islands. As a result of the discussions, IUCN Oceania and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are developing a draft Charter, and are exploring opportunities for securing high level endorsement. These will include meetings and high level fora, for example the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that will be held in Samoa in September 2014.
During the meeting of the Fiji National Wetland Steering Committee (NWSC), representatives of the Department of the Environment, IUCN Oceania, Nature Fiji, Wildlife Conservation Society - Fiji Programme and the University of the South Pacific discussed the status of Ramsar Site nominations. Read more [10/04/14]
Wetlands International is looking for a Senior Project Manager and Advisor Ecosystem-smart Disaster Risk Reduction (consultancy, 50-70 working days per year) based in Metro Manila, The Philippines. Deadline for applications is 27 April 2014.
Read more [09/04/14]
Small Grants Fund project to develop capacity and knowledge around wetland conservation in Lao PDR completed
In 2012 the Water and Wetlands Programme of IUCN Lao PDR started a Ramsar Small Grants Fund project aimed at developing capacity and knowledge around wetland conservation.
As part of the project, IUCN Lao organised events, meetings and workshops, translated and distributed key documents illustrating the importance of wetlands and the work of the Ramsar Convention. Read more [07/04/14]
New guidebook describes the natural and cultural heritage of Lake Karla in Greece
The Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (Med-INA), with financial support by the MAVA Foundation, has recently published a beautifully illustrated walking guide of the area surrounding Lake Karla in the region of Thessaly, Greece.
The book provides an overview of the importance of wetlands, the services they provide, and the challenges they face in Greece. It presents the archaeology, mythology and history of the Lake Karla area and the relationship between inhabitants and nature. It also describes the drainage and the restoration work that has been undertaken in part of the area.
Lake Karla used to be one of the most diverse Mediterranean wetlands, with significant ecological, economic and socio-cultural value. The lake was purposefully drained in the 1960s, with terrible consequences recognised by several studies that recommended its partial restoration. In 2000, the Greek government decided to restore the water ecosystem with financial support by the European Union. Today Lake Karla plays again an important role in the region.
Conservation Plan for migratory shorebirds in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway
In response to the decreasing number of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway (EAAF), WWF-Hong Kong has initiated the development of a strategic conservation plan for priority migratory shorebirds in the Flyway. The main objective of the project is to ensure that "a flyway-wide Conservation Plan is in place to guide governments, conservationists, environmental NGOs and researchers to implement priority actions to conserve migratory shorebirds in the EAAF.” Read more [02/04/14]
Japan supports Albanian Ramsar Site stakeholders
Albania joined the Ramsar Convention soon after its political opening in 1995 and designated its largest coastal lagoon, the Karavasta lagoon, as a Ramsar Site. Nearly twenty years later, the Adriatic and Ionian Sea coasts have seen an impressive growth in urbanisation, but the ecosystem of the Karavasta lagoon and its surroundings has been preserved and is increasingly managed in a sustainable way.
Thanks to the support by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the conservation of the Divjaka-Karavasta National Park, local authorities and stakeholders are increasingly working together for the sustainable management of the area. On 5 March 2014, JICA organised in the capital Tirana a seminar on the sustainable use of the Karavasta Lagoon Ramsar Site with the participation of the local government and stakeholders. Read more [31/03/14]
The 47th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is taking place this week at the Ramsar Secretariat headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.
The Standing Committee is the decision-making body between the Meetings of the Conference of the Parties.
This week, the members of the Standing Committee will discuss, among other topics, preparations for the 12th Conference of the Parties taking place in 2015. An update on the Memorandum of Understanding with Uruguay will be shared, as well as draft resolutions to be debated at the COP, including one on “Wetlands and disaster risk reduction” submitted by the Philippines.
Agenda and papers [24/03/14]
Developing a wetland city accreditation scheme
Urban and peri-urban wetlands are increasingly recognized for the range of benefits they provide to people and the environment. Resolution XI.11, adopted during the Ramsar Conference of the Parties in 2012 (COP11), encouraged the Parties to explore a possible wetland city accreditation schemeto provide branding opportunities for settlements that demonstrate a strong and positive relationship with wetlands.
Initial discussions on the development of the scheme were held during a workshop kindly hosted by the Republic of Korea from 24 to 25 February 2014 on the island of Jeju. Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Environment and the National Wetland Centre of the Republic of Korea and NGOs. Participants also came from two villages by the Upo Wetland and Dongbaekdongsan Ramsar Sites where the National Wetland Centre has already initiated a pilot village accreditation scheme. Overseas participants included representatives from the Ministry of Environment (Government of Japan), United Nations University (Japan), WWF Tunisia, Ramsar STRP and the Ramsar Secretariat. Read more [22/03/14]
Statement by Christopher Briggs for World Water Day
We join with UN Water in celebrating World Water Day with its focus on water and energy. At the Ramsar Convention we have just celebrated our World Wetlands Day looking at wetlands and agriculture so our themes have much common ground. Wetlands – lakes, rivers, marshes, ponds etc – are the world’s water producers, and transporters, storing and moving it for multiple uses such as agriculture, energy production, for use in our homes and so on. The broad range of services from wetlands supports us all in one way or another. Read more [21/03/14]
Small Grants Fund Project to promote wetlands education and awareness in Kenya completed
The National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service have completed a project aimed at producing communications, education, participation and awareness (CEPA) materials on Ramsar Sites in Kenya.
Materials produced under the project included a video documentary, a poster and a brochure. Over one thousand copies of each material were distributed all over the country. Read more [19/03/14]
New publication from Sydney Olympic Park on managing urban wetlands
With more than 10 years experience in wetland education and training in the management of freshwater and estuarine wetlands in urban areas, the Sydney Olympic Park Authority has recently published WET eBook: Workbook for Managing Urban Wetlands in Australia. This is a useful collection of hands-on information and experience for wetland people directly involved in managing wetlands that will also be of interest for students and beginners in wetlands management.
Organized in five sections, People, Politics and Wetlands;Freshwater Wetlands: Ecology, Rehabilitation and Management, Estuarine Wetlands: Ecology, Rehabilitation and Management; Monitoring Wetlands; and Pulling It All Together, Ramsar principles are mentioned in many chapters and overall the publication includes a helpful number of practical examples and case study citations. Available for download here as individual chapters. [11/03/14]