The Ramsar Bulletin Board

16/04/2014

Mexico designates a new Ramsar Site in the State of Chihuahua

Mexico has designated as a Wetland of International Importance the Manantiales Geotermales de Julimes in Chihuahua State (368 ha; 28°24’46’’N 105°25’48’’W). The site, as summarized by Ramsar Assistant Advisor for the Americas Ms. Sara Casallas,  is made up of a group of geothermal springs in the Chihuahuan desert. Its topography and hydrology determine how the hydrothermal aquifer system is recharged and also the characteristics of these unique ecosystems and the organisms which have adapted to the extreme conditions which they present. Some of these organisms are endemic to the area such as the pupfish Cyprinodon julimes, the isopod Thermosphaeroma macrura and the gastropod Tryonia julimensis. These species are all endangered and their whole life cycle takes place within these wetlands. The entire known habitat of the pupfish has been reduced to a small canal. The site is also a Grassland Priority Conservation Area, as it acts as a resting and feeding area for migratory birds travelling over the desert areas of Chihuahua State, which have very few water bodies especially during the dry season.

The threats to the Site are associated with local activities, including the extraction of water via a system of canals, for agricultural, recreational and therapeutic uses. The search for new springs and the subsequent construction of canals to transport the water also threaten the site, as does pollution from urban and agricultural discharge. Ramsar Site No. 2201. Most Recent RIS Information: 2013.  Español

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The Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) receives European Commission award


The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention congratulates the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) for receiving the European Commission’s “Best of the Best” award for its project on “Fish, fisheries and European Policy in the Prespa Basin”. With this award the European Commission recognizes each year the best implemented projects among those co-funded by the European Union’s LIFE programme.

The SPP coordinates efforts to protect the natural and cultural heritage of the Prespa basin, an area shared by three countries: Albania, Greece and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.The SPP, winner of the Ramsar Award in 1999 in the NGO category, had already received the "Best of the Best" award in 2009 for the implementation of the “Protection and conservation of priority bird species in Lake Mikri Prespa" project.

Read SPP's press release
Read more on the “Fish, fisheries and European Policy in the Prespa Basin” project’s website [16/04/14]


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

The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 15 July 2014.

Read more ¦ Français ¦ Español [15/04/2014]


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]


Vacancy announcement

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.

Download the "Lake Karla walking guide", or contact Med-INA at secretariat@med-ina.org for a printed copy. [04/04/14]


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]

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