The 5th Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 11th Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands was held in Koror, Palau from 26 to 30 March
The meeting was attended by some 30 representatives from the governments of Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Partners that attended included Birdlife International, the IUCN Oceania Regional Office, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Palau Office, the Micronesia Challenge Regional Office, Palau Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – Micronesia, among others.
|The participants who attended the 5th Oceania Regional Meeting|
During the meeting, ample opportunity was given for both Ramsar Contracting Parties, non-contracting parties and regional partners to share experiences, exchange ideas, highlight national case studies of best practice in wetlands conservation and discuss regional priorities for wetlands conservation in light of the Regional Wetlands Action Plan for the Pacific Islands 2011-2013 and the upcoming Ramsar COP11.
|(l. to r.) DSG Nick Davidson (Ramsar Secretariat), Hon. Kerai Mariur (Vice-President, Republic of Palau) and David Sheppard (SPREP)|
On day three of the meeting, the participants embarked on a field visit to the Lake Ngardok Nature Reserve, Palau’s first Wetland of International Importance. The field visit gave the participants an appreciation of Lake Ngardok, its valuable services for the surrounding communities and the unique biodiversity that it supports.
The meeting week ended on a high note with training on convention processes and mechanisms for both Contracting Parties and non-Contracting Parties. The training enabled outstanding Ramsar Site Information Sheets and COP11 national reports to be completed for some parties.
|View of lake Ngardok Ramsar Site|
The 5th Oceania Regional Meeting for Ramsar COP11 in Palau was co-organized by SPREP and the Ramsar Secretariat and hosted by the Government of Palau. The meeting was made possible through the generous funding assistance of the Governments of Australia and France.