Regional workshop on a Ramsar network for the Niger Basin

28/01/2004

A RAMSAR NETWORK FOR THE NIGER BASIN

Subregional Networking for Ramsar Sites in Niger Basin

REGIONAL WORKSHOP
from 27 to 30 January 2004 at HOTEL KANAGA, Mopti, Mali

Draft Programme


27 January 2004

08:00-09:00 Arrival of participants & Registration
09:00-09:40 Opening ceremony of the workshop with brief speeches by:

- WWF
- Ramsar
- Evian/Danone Group
- Malian authorities

09:40-10:00 Introduction, Establishment of a Presidium & Adoption of the Agenda
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-10:50 Objectives of the regional workshop (D. Landenbergue and A. Awaiss)

10:50-12:00 Session-1: Natural heritage of Niger basin & Regional initiatives

- 10:50-11:10: Presentation of NBA - its mission, background, institutional organisation, members, and primary objectives (Ousmane Diallo)
- 11:10-11:30: Niger Basin Initiative (A. Awaïss)
- 11:30-11:45: IUCN in the Niger Basin (A. Faye)
- 11:45-12:00: Wetlands International in Niger Basin (B. Koné)
- 12:00-12:15: NCF in Niger Basin (A. Olumide)

12:15-13:00 General debate
13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-16:00 Session-2: Overview of Wetland Management in Niger Basin

- 14:30-14:50: Significance of Niger Inner Delta in the national wetland policy of Mali (S.Samassekou)
- 14:50-15:15: Integration of wetlands in the management of river basins and coastal areas (A. Awaiss)
- 15:15-16:15: For coastal wetlands: cases of Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, and Cameroon (4 x 15 mn)

16:15-16:45 Coffee break

16:45-18:00 Session 2 (concluded)

- 16:45-17:30: For continental wetlands: cases of Niger, Chad, and Burkina Faso (3 x 15 mn)
- 17:30-18:00: General debate

28 January 2004

08:00-08:30 : Presentation of the report of Day 1, Adoption & Presidium of Day 2

08:30-10:00 : Session 3: Ramsar Sites & Sustainable Development in Watershed Catchment Basins

- 08:30-08:50: Integrated management of watershed catchment basins and poverty reduction (A. Bamba)
- 08:50-09:10: How to integrate the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in the management of watershed catchment basins? (A. Awaiss)
- 09:10-09:30: Support by WWF-''Living Waters'' Programme to the conservation of wetlands at level of large basins (D. Landenbergue)
- 09:30-10:00: The GEF-LCBC project and its criticality to the sustainable management of wetlands in Lake Chad basin (Anada Tiega, CTA, GEF Project, Chad)

10:00-10:30 : Coffee break
10:30-13:00 : Session 3 (concluded)

- 10:30-10:50: The GEF-NBA Project (in progress of development) and its future criticality to the sustainable management of wetlands in Niger Basin (Ousmane Diallo, NBA Expert)
- 10:50-11:20: Cultural aspects and their impact on biodiversity conservation in Ramsar sites of Benin (Iro Hachimou)
- 11:20-12:00: How to ensure a sustainable exploitation of natural resources in Ramsar sites of Niger Basin?
1. Fishery resources (Koréissi Balla Konare, Opération Pêches, Mopti) (20mn)
2. Bio-right Concept (Bakary, Wetlands International, Sévaré) (20mn)

- 12:00-12:30: Case of wetlands in the Mediterranean basin, and the MedWet concept (T. Papayannis, MedWet Representative)
- 12:30-13:00: Debate & Recommendations

13:00-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-16:00 Session 4: Group Work

Breakout Group 1: Scientific and technical information for the management of Ramsar sites and wetlands in the Niger Basin (Facilitator: Ousmane Diallo, NBA)
- MedWet's experience for the Mediterranean basin (T. Papayannis, 20 mn)
- NBA's Environment Observatory (Ousmane Diallo, 20mn)
- Group work

Breakout Group 2: Adaptive management of impacts: What strategy to adopt for Ramsar sites in the Basin? (Facilitator: Issa Seydina Sylla, WI)
- Access and management of natural resources in the Niger Office (Mamadou Samaké, 20mn)
- Problematics of soil degradation in the valley of river Niger (Issaka Amadou, 20mn)
- Group work

Breakout Group 3: Prospective funding sources for the sustainable management of moist areas in the Niger Basin (Facilitator: to be specified)
- Ramsar Small Grants Fund (A. Bamba, 20mn)
- GEF Small Grants (GEF focal point for Mali?/to be confirmed 20mn)
- Private enterprise sponsoring (D.Landenbergue + Ch. Lefèbvre?)
- Group work

16:00-16:30 : Coffee break
16:30-18:00 : Group work (continued) & Summary

29 January 2004

Guided tour over the Niger Inner Delta (Wetlands International, Sevaré)

30 January 2004

08:00-08:30 : Presentation of D1 & D2 reports, adoption & Presidium of the day
08:30-10:00 : Debriefing on group work & General debate
10:00-10:30 : Coffee break

10:30-12:30 Session 4: A Sub-regional Networking for Ramsar Sites in Niger Basin

- 10:30-10:45: Framework and objectives (A.Awaiss)
- 10:45-11:00: Background and development of 'MedWet' experience and Potential for its adjustment at Niger Basin level (T. Papayannis)
- 11:00-11:15: Resolution VIII.30 on " Regional Initiatives to strengthen the implementation of the Ramsar Convention" (A. Bamba)
- 11:15-11:30: Possible process toward a "NigerWet" networking for Niger Basin
- 11:30-12:30: Debate

12:30-14:15 Lunch break
14:15-15:00 Debate (continued)
15:00-15:45 Formulation of the recommendations of the Mopti Workshop
15:45-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-16:45 Closing ceremony (President of WWF, Executive Secretary of NBA, Malian authorities)

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