The Ramsar Bulletin Board
Recognising the power of wetlands
A wetland restoration project in the Sundarbans, a protected area shared by India and Bangladesh, is addressing climate change, protecting the coastline from floods while securing food and income for local communities. Read more [29/09/14]
Wetlands, tourism and community development
For millennia, people have come together around wetlands - rivers, lakes and coastal areas. Wetlands provide clean water for drinking and irrigation and food such as fish and rice. They facilitate transportation, and protect against floods and storms.
But wetlands are also among the most beautiful places on earth, and their beauty and spectacular array of wildlife have inspired artists, travellers, poets, and photographers for generations. People seek out water for their holidays, relaxation and sport - it is no surprise that wetlands are prime tourist destinations. Read more [26/09/14]
Oceania Contracting Parties prepare for COP12
The Oceania Regional Meeting in preparation for the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP12) was convened in Nadi, Fiji from 18 to 20 August 2014.
The meeting provided an opportunity for Oceania Ramsar Contracting Parties and partners to share experiences, challenges and case studies on their implementation of the Convention and initiatives since COP11 in 2012. They also discussed regional issues and priorities ahead of COP12. Read more [24/09/14]
SUSCO Budapest Conference to focus on sustainable development in the Central European Region
The SUSCO Conference will take place on 2-3 October 2014 in Budapest, Hungary. It will focus on sustainable development and will present examples and best practices from the Central European region. The Conference will be the first one in a series aimed at building a network for governments, private sector and academia to exchange on sustainability. Organized by the Antall József Knowledge Centre, the conference is under the patronage of Dr. János Áder, President of Hungary.
“With our conference we would like to call attention to the absolute necessity of setting economic and social objectives with the environment always in mind,” said Péter Antall, Director of the Antall József Knowledge Centre.
Read more: http://www.suscobudapest.com
Experts issue recommendations to save Zimbabwe’s wetlands
Over 100 experts from Zimbabwe’s government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector met in Harare on 6 August 2014 to discuss how to protect and maintain the country’s wetlands, threatened by erosion.
Participants called on the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate to improve the enforcement of wetland legislation. They also asked the Government to reward good wetland stewardship, for example by giving incentives to private companies that support wetlands.
Read more [15/09/14]
Vacancy: Intern/Assistant to the Senior Regional Advisor - Americas
The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands is seeking to appoint an Intern/Assistant to the Senior Regional Advisor - Americas.
Read more [15/09/14]
Ramsar Convention hires Camilla Chalmers as Head of Communications
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has appointed Camilla Chalmers to the position of Head of Communications. In this newly-created role which brings all outreach-related activities under one roof, she will be responsible for forging compelling and consistent Ramsar messaging, aligned to the different Ramsar target groups and developing strong, effective communications to support the Convention’s mission.
In this position, she will lead the communication, education, participation and awareness and capacity development (CEPA) programme and integrate it into the wider challenge of moving wetlands back up the international agenda.
Before joining Ramsar, Camilla spent seven years working as Marketing Director and then Development Director for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), a Vienna-based NGO that supports renewable energy in developing countries and emerging markets.
Prior to joining the sustainable development world, Chalmers spent 13 years in account management at major international advertising agencies such as Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather and Lowe Worldwide, shaping outreach for global clients. She holds a Master’s Degree from Oxford University.
“This is both a huge opportunity and a great challenge for me” said Chalmers. “My first priority will be to find innovative ways to create awareness of the essential benefits that wetlands bring to humanity. And I’m looking forward to working with the team at the Secretariat, the Ramsar Stakeholders and with our major partners Danone/Evian and Star Alliance in changing public perceptions on our global wetlands. At the end of the day, our goal is to get people motivated to take action.”
“It’s a great pleasure to welcome Camilla on board,” notes Christopher Briggs, the Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention, “she got to know the Convention very quickly as a consultant, and we’re very happy to bring such a dedicated professional into the Ramsar management team.”
Welcome to Maud Pitoiset, Ramsar/IUCN Human Resources Business Partner
The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce the arrival of Ms Maud Pitoiset, who will work as Human Resources Business Partner with both Ramsar and IUCN.
Maud brings over 15 years of experience in Human Resources, including areas such as Personal Development, Recruitment, Performance Management, Social Dialogue, CSR, Labour law and Contract administration.
She has worked with the private sector in France and Switzerland as well as International Organizations.
Before joining Ramsar, Maud worked with a partnership programme between the United Nations and the World Bank Group for the improvement of working conditions in developing countries’ garment sectors. She focussed on building the HR expertise of the programme, most notably the implementation of the Leadership Development Programme, 360 feedback mechanisms and staff development through MBTI.
Maud holds a BA in Business Administration, foreign languages and civilisations from the University of Paris X and is also a certified MBTI practitioner, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator psychometric tool. [03/09/14]
Vacancy at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
Associate Programme Management Officer (Marine), P-2 (Project post)
Duty Station: Abu Dhabi
Deadline for applications: 21 September 2014
Ref 14-PGM-UNEP-35215-R-ABU DHABI (E)
Registration opens for the 8th European Ramsar Meeting
The Austrian hosts and the Ramsar Secretariat are pleased to share with you information and documents for the upcoming European preparatory meeting for COP12, to be held on 20-24 October 2014 in the Alpine town of Kufstein.
The meeting breaks new ground by providing an opportunity to discuss in interactive ways crucial questions for the Ramsar Convention and to clarify in what ways wetlands impact our future. The meeting will also feature an innovative wetland video competition and Ramsar Fair open to the public. Read more and download the documents [29/08/14]
Vacancy: Intern/Assistant to the Senior Regional Adviser for the Asia/Oceania Region
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat welcomes applications for the position of Intern/Assistant to the Senior Regional Adviser for the Asia/Oceania Region.
More information and online application forms are available at: https://hrms.iucn.org/iresy/index.cfm?event=vac.show&vacId=873
Swedish Wetland Survey in English
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has published findings of its national wetland survey in English. The Swedish Wetland Survey: Compiled Excerpts From The National Final Report is now available at: http://www.naturvardsverket.se/978-91-620-6618-5.
The report presents some of the main results of the Swedish Wetland Survey (VMI) which the Agency coordinated along with the County Administrative Boards between 1981 and 2005.
In total, they surveyed 35,000 wetland sites to classify and identify valuable wetland types, investigate the impact of human activities, and increase knowledge about wetlands in Sweden. Data collected in the VMI database also proved very useful in the development of the Swedish Mire Protection Plan and the designation of new Ramsar Sites.
The Convention on Wetlands came into force for Sweden on 21 December 1975. In 2014 Sweden has 66 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of over 6,500 square kilometres.
International Training for Trainers on Integrated Water Resources Management
An International Training for Trainers on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) will take place in June 2015 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. This training is organized by the Centre for Development Innovation of the Wageningen UR (University and Research centre) and endorsed by Ramsar. More information ¦ Training's brochure [14/08/14]
Biodiversity is Us: the new campaign of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
WAZA launched the biggest global biodiversity campaign to date, highlighting the rich array of animal and plant species on our planet and the simple steps everyone can take to help protect them.
About 1.75 million animal and plant species have been identified so far, but scientists estimate that this is only a small fraction of their actual number. The diversity of species, their combination and interaction have created the conditions for humans to evolve on earth, and are still vital to all of us.
Wetlands are great examples of ecosystems that, thanks to their rich biodiversity, provide essential services to nature and humanity, including clean water, food and protection from floods, but also opportunities for recreation and tourism.
Read more [14/08/14]
Iraq: Ministries of Environment and Water Resources collaborate for the conservation of marshlands of international importance
On 16 July 2014, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Water Resources of Iraq announced their commitment to develop joint plans and activities for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. They will also collaborate in the management of the Hawizeh Marsh, a Ramsar Site since 2007, submitted for inclusion in the list of World Heritage Sites.
The Hawizeh Marsh, located at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, hosts many animal and plant species, including the endangered Basrah Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis, Euphrates Softshell Turtle Rafetus euphraticus and Smooth-coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli. Read more [14/08/14]
Joint Asian Wetland Symposium and Asia Pre-COP12 Regional Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
The joint Asian Wetland Symposium (AWS) / Asia Pre-COP12 Regional Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (RARM) will be held in Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia from 3 to 7 November 2014. It will be hosted by the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and organized by the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Wetlands International Japan and Ramsar Center Japan.
The meeting provides an opportunity to review the progress towards implementing the Ramsar Convention’s Strategic Plan in the Asian Region and to gather inputs on the Draft Resolutions that will be presented to the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) in Punta del Este, Uruguay, from 1 to 9 June 2014.
The AWS/RARM conference invites proposals for oral and poster presentations and exhibitions on the topics of the Draft Resolutions and other emerging issues. For more information please visit the meeting website: http://aws-arm2014.org/index.html [11/08/2014]
South Pacific islands Wallis and Futuna explore possible Ramsar designations
From 30 June to 4 July 2014 Vainuupo Jungblut, Ramsar Programme Officer for Oceania visited the French Territory of Wallis and Futuna. At the request of the government, he supported the National Environment Service to assess the potential for designating Ramsar Sites.
Wallis and Futuna are a group of volcanic islands located in the South Pacific. It is one of five French overseas collectivities (collectivités d’outre-mer) and its two main islands host about 15,000 inhabitants. Read more [11/08/14]
Biosphere Connections Newsletter
The latest issue of the Biosphere Connections Newsletter comes in a new appealing format, and highlights activities carried out by the three partners - Star Alliance, IUCN and Ramsar.
The latest issue features two sponsored delegates who travelled to a training workshop on a satellite tool for monitoring the status of wetlands. The tool, developed under the GlobWetland II project led by the Ramsar Convention and the European Space Agency, has already been used to produce more than 1,800 maps and indicators. During the workshop, specialists and researchers from 11 countries from Northern Africa and the Middle East were trained on the tool, and gained knowledge and skills to train experts in their respective countries.
The newsletter also highlights a clean-up activity carried out by nine Star Alliance airlines operating from Seoul Incheon Airport, Republic of Korea, and a project supporting the conservation of slow lorises, endangered primates found throughout South and Southeast Asia.
Biosphere Connections is a partnership between the Star Alliance Network, IUCN and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Its purpose is to contribute to the promotion and conservation of biodiversity, and the sustainable use of natural resources in the countries in which Star Alliance member airlines operate. [11/08/09]
Vacancy: Deputy Secretary General
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat welcomes applications for the position of Deputy Secretary General.
More information and online application forms are available at: https://hrms.iucn.org/iresy/index.cfm?event=vac.show&vacId=860
Endangered daisy reintroduced in the Banrock Station Ramsar Site, Australia
Today hundreds of Spiny Daisies will be planted at the Banrock Station Ramsar Site, as part of a project aimed at reintroducing the endangered plant in Australia’s Riverland region.
The Spiny Daisy was thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in South Australia in 1999. It is listed as critically endangered under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).
The Banrock Station Wetland Complex was designated as a Ramsar Site in 2002 for its role in supporting several threatened species, including the Regent Parrot, the Southern Bell Frog and the River Snail. Read more [24/07/14]