The Ramsar Bulletin Board
Scientific and Technical Videos Now Available
We are pleased to announce that the recordings of the webinar “Looking forward to the future of wetlands” by Ramsar’s Secretary General Christopher Briggs and those of the webinar “Wetlands, agriculture and sustainable livelihoods in Africa” by Dr Adrian Wood, are now available on the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) Portal.
You can also access a talk on Aichi target 10 by Deputy Secretary General Nick Davidson, at the 20/20 talks on Biodiversity in Montreal.
If you have additional suggestions and ideas for future webinars please submit them through the STRP Portal at: http://strp.ramsar.org/strp-national-focal-points/information-requests/strp_webcasts_call_for_presentations. [05/03/14]
Vacancy: Administrative Coordinator
The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands is seeking to appoint an Administrative Coordinator to perform general administration and communications duties.
Read more [04/03/14]
Continuing efforts to conserve the unique Iraqi Marshes
The Hawizeh Marsh Ramsar Site in southern Iraq was placed on the Montreux Record in April 2010 because of serious changes to its hydrology. This was due to a number of factors, particularly the construction of upstream dams and water control structures reducing water flow into the marshes, and a decline in rainfall. At the invitation of the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), a small Ramsar team visited the Hawizeh Marsh Ramsar Site from 14 to 16 February 2014 to assess the condition of the marshes and to propose solutions to the problems faced by the site. Read more [04/03/14]
Stakeholders discuss the proposed designation of Nasoata Island as Fiji’s second Ramsar Site
IUCN Oceania organized a stakeholder planning meeting in February 2014 in the Fiji Islands to discuss the proposed designation of the Nasoata mangrove island as Fiji’s second Ramsar Site. The Ramsar Secretariat was represented by Vainuupo Jungblut, the Ramsar Officer for Oceania.
Vainuupo Jungblut accompanied IUCN Oceania officers on a consultation visit to the Nakorovou village, in the Rewa river delta, where the traditional landowners of the Nasoata mangrove island are based. During the visit, he reiterated Ramsar’s commitment to support the nomination of the island. Read more [03/03/14]
Statement by Christopher Briggs for World Wildlife Day
“The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is pleased to join the celebrations for World Wildlife Day and congratulates CITES on the launch of the first World Wildlife day.
The Ramsar Convention’s annual World Wetlands Day campaign in February celebrated the beauty and utility of wetlands – home to a huge diversity of wildlife. As wetland people, our favourite wildlife might include a bear fishing for salmon along a river, a coral reef alive with colourful fish, or a pond of frogs, dragonflies, and water lilies in full bloom. Our aim is to sustain this beauty as well as the many benefits wetlands bring to humankind and wildlife – water, food, transport, coastal protection and much, much more. Indeed, sustaining wetlands and their water is key to sustaining us all.
Wetlands and their species, in common with other ecosystems, are under threat from human population increase, climate change, and unsustainable practices, including the illegal trade in wetland species, and we will continue in our fight to find sustainable solutions that safeguard the beauty and utility of our wetlands. We congratulate CITES for the World Wildlife Day campaign and join with them in calling for greater collaboration for a future where people and wildlife coexist in harmony.”
Christopher Briggs, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
New report on the significance of the Xe Champhone Ramsar site (Savannakhet province, Lao PDR) and its surroundings for biodiversity conservation
The Xe Champhone wetland in Savannakhet province, Lao PDR, was designated as a Ramsar Site in 2010 due to its importance for the conservation of the Siamese crocodile, the occurrence of specific wetlands habitats and the support it brings to local livelihoods.
To support dialogue on a long-term management plan and potential boundary revision, IUCN Lao PDR and the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment of Lao PDR (MoNRE), with support from the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center from Japan (OECC) conducted a survey in 2013 to prepare an inventory of bird and large mammal species. Read more [26/02/14]
Botswana commits to designate Ramsar Sites in the Matcheng Pans during World Wetlands Day celebrations
The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism (MEWT), together with the Kgalagadi District, organised World Wetlands Day celebrations in Botswana. Activities included a conference with district stakeholders; competitions for school children; a visit to the pans by dignitaries and a community dialogue.
The celebration, held in Kang on 4 February 2014, brought together over 150 wetlands stakeholders and was chaired by Dr M. Manthe-Tsuanend, Ag. Deputy Permanent Secretary at MEWT.
See the full report by Paul Ouedraogo, Senior Advisor for Africa [20/02/14]
Paul Ouédraogo, Senior Regional Advisor for Africa will be in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 6 to 14 March 2014 for a joint mission with ICCN, WWF and IUCN at the Virunga National Park, a Ramsar and World Heritage Site in danger. The purpose of this joint mission is to assess the state of conservation of the site and monitor the implementation of corrective actions.
For more old Ramsar Secretariat travel news, see 'Who Was Where'
World Wetlands Day in Myanmar
This year, World Wetland Day was celebrated in Myanmar at the Moeyungyi Ramsar Site, some 90 minutes by car north of the city of Yangon. The event was also an occasion to celebrate the re-opening of the visitor centre by the entrance of the site after it had been renovated with funding support from the Norwegian Environment Agency. Read more [19/02/14]
The Equator Prize: call for nominations
The Equator Initiative has launched a call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2014. The initiative brings together governments, civil society, businesses, grassroots organizations and the UN to encourage sustainable development solutions at the local community level.
The Equator Prize will reward 25 local sustainable development solutions. Winners will each receive $5,000 (USD). Several winners will be selected for ‘special recognition’ and will receive an additional $15,000 (USD). Read more about eligibility and the theme for this year which could easily include projects with a focus on wetlands in the 145 eligible countries. Please communicate directly with the Initiative for further information. [18/02/2014]