World Wetlands Day 2009 - reports page

31/07/2009

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What is World Wetlands Day?2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. WWD was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and made an encouraging beginning. Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular. From 1997 to 2008, the Convention’s Web site has posted reports from more than 95 countries of WWD activities of all sizes and shapes, from lectures and seminars, nature walks, children’s art contests, sampan races, and community clean-up days, to radio and television interviews and letters to newspapers, to the launch of new wetland policies, new Ramsar sites, and new programmes at the national level.



World Wetlands Day 2009-- "Upstream, Downstream: Wetlands connect us all"

Reports of World Wetlands Day activities around the world, 2009

Greetings from the Secretary General / Message du Secrétaire général / Saludos del Secretario General

(Note: many of the links below go to Adobe PDF documents on this Web site.)

International activities (national and local activities are below)

Convention on Biological Diversity. A WWD message from Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the CBD, highlights the importance of this year's theme of "Upstream, Downstream: Wetlands connect us all " for the work of both the Ramsar and CBD Conventions and the many ways in which the two conventions are working together towards common objectives.

Nira Gurung of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, sends her organization's statement neatly tying WWD to Himalayan issues: "World Wetlands Day is celebrated this year with a special focus on ‘Upstream-Downstream: Wetlands connect us all’. . . . This year’s slogan is very relevant to the mountain context of the Himalayan region. At the local level, wetlands in the mountains and their associated services play a vital role in supporting the livelihoods of local communities, and especially activities like fishing and agriculture." Here it is.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme distributed a press release demonstrating the importance of wetlands and the river basins of the Pacific islands and described World Wetlands Day activities planned for Palau, Fiji, Samoa, and the Marshall Islands. Here it is.

AEWA (African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement) has a brief press release on WWD2009 at http://www.unep-aewa.org/news/news_elements/2009/wwd_2009.htm.

Wetlands International. "This year’s theme ‘Upstream-Downstream’ highlights how the world’s wetlands are connected to millions of people whose livelihoods, safety and security depend on them for water supply and their capacity to help regulate floods. Climate change will considerably magnify the problems that ongoing degradation of these river basins will bring to nature and people. Increasing the resilience of these wetlands is therefore a fundamental issue that must be part of climate change adaptation strategies." From Wetlands International's WWD press release.

National and local activities

Algeria. Reports from the Association Arc-en-ciel, from M . Abdallah Khazene qui a écrit: “voici un rapport et quelque photos de la sortie organisée vers les zones humides de la région qui rentre dans le cadre de renforcement des capacités des associations locales impliquées dans notre action et un deuxième rapport des journées de sensibilisation en faveurs des jeunes écoliers au niveau du Nouveau Lycée à Ain Sefra entre le 2 et le 5 février.

Algeria 2. "La journée mondiale des zones humides a été célébrée le 2 février 2009 au niveau des conservations des forêts de wilayas, des parcs nationaux et des centres cynégétiques. La célébration officielle en présence du Directeur Général des Forêts, de représentants de la DGF et de la représentante du Fonds Mondial pour la nature (WWF), s’est faite au Centre Cynégétique de Réghaia, la presse nationale écrite et parlée était présente pour couvrir l’événement (voir articles en annexe)."

Algeria 3.Gasmi Tahar écrit: "Dans le cadre de la célébrartion de la journée mondiale des zones humides, la Conservation des forêts de la wilaya d'El Tarf a plaisir de vous transmettre ci-joint les photos prises en la circonstance par le service de la protection de la flore et faune. Bonne reception et salutations destingués."

Argentina 1.Sara Sverlij, Grupo de Trabajo de Recursos Acuáticos, Subsecretaría de Planificación y Política Ambiental, está escribiendo: "Buenos días! Desde el organismo de aplicación de la Convención de Ramsar en Argentina, la Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable, tengo el agrado de enviarles adjunto informes sobre las actividades realizadas en el país por el Día Mundial de los Humedales 2009. En nuestra página web http://www.ambiente.gov.ar/?idarticulo=6342 hemos incluido una gacetilla que explica el significado de este día. Asimismo les informamos de las actividades realizadas en los Sitios Ramsar, de las organizadas por organismos provinciales, de aquellas llevadas a cabo por ONG’s y notas aparecidas en periódicos locales. Saludos cordiales." Actividades organizadas por organismos provinciales. Informe sitios Ramsar DMH2009. Actividades organizadas o reportadas por ONG’s.

Argentina 2. Erio D. Curto, Coordinador, Estación Biológica Mar Chiquita, está escribiendo: "Ayer, domingo 1 de febrero de 2009, PROMAR (Centro de Zoología Aplicada - UNC) conmemoró por anticipado el Día Mundial de los Humedales en Miramar, única localidad ribereña del sitio Ramsar "Bañados del Río Dulce y Laguna Mar Chiquita, Córdoba, Argentina". Informe.

Argentina 3.Alejandro R. Giraudo, Instituto Nacional de Limnología, CONICET-UNL, Ciudad Universitaria, Santa Fe, está escribiendo: "Estimados amigos de Ramsar: les enviamos las actividades realizadas para el día de los humedales, incluyendo la edición de otro número del Boletín del Sitio Ramsar Jaaukanigás, difundido a ampliamente en medios de comunicación y otors sectores de la sociedad. El manejo de cuencas hídricas en su totalidad es un desafío tanto nacional como transfronterizo. Tenemos mucho que opinar y discutir sobre este tema, y el Boletín refleja alguans de uestras opiniones y actividades. Cordialmente le deseamos un prospero año trabajando por nuestros humedales."

Argentina 4.Leticia Isaurralde, Coordinacion Institucional, Fundación PROTEGER, sent a brief note in English and Spanish on their WWD activities this year. Here, too, is their press release.

Argentina 5. Lic. Claudia Lovera, CECOAL - Centro de Ecología Aplicada, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones, está escribiendo: "Conociendo su compromiso con el ambiente quiero invitarlo a compartir la celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales. Esta ha sido instituida el día 2 de febrero en conmemoración a la firma del convenio de la Convención Internacional que se firmara en RAMSAR (Irán) y que hoy nuclea a 200 países, que han declarado su intención en la conservación y manejo racional de los Humedales. En tal sentido resultará muy valiosa la difusión que se pueda realizar para que los integrantes de la sociedad puedan acceder a los materiales de divulgación disponibles en la página Web de RAMSAR y de CECOAL (www.cecoal-conicet.gov.ar ). Aprovechamos esta oportunidad para invitarlos a participar del evento que se realizará en el municipio de Saladas el día 2 de febrero (mas abajo adjunto el programa de actividades). Organizan y participan en esta celebración,  el CECOAL (Centro de Ecología Aplicada del Litoral), la Subsecretaría de Planificación y Política Ambiental de la Nación, el Ministerio de la Producción de la Provincia de Corrientes, y la Municipalidad del Departamento de Saladas (Corrientes)."

Argentina 6. Laudemiro Huerta informó sobre el encuentro del 2 de febrero de 2009 en Caminito y Pasaje Dardo Rocha, Riachuelo, La Boca, provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina. El tema del encuentro fue el Día Internacional de los Humedales "Río arriba, río abajo" y se contó con la participación de los vecinos de La Boca. Los vecinos contestaron las 20 preguntas  sobre qué es un humedal. Además se resolvieron las dudas y se aprendió sobre la historia de la Convención Ramsar (Irán) desde el 2 de febrero 1971 hasta el año 2009. También realizaron el bricolage de la rana y conversaron sobre el avistamiento de tortugas en el riachuelo, un río contaminado desde 1820 (hasta la fecha han sido varios los intentos por sanear el riachuelo). Fotos aquí (PDF).

Argentina 7. Dr. Eduardo A. Vallarino, Proyecto La ciencia hace escuela, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, está escribiendo: "Estimados amigos, les adjunto el informe de las actividades que se realizaron en Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Un cordial saludo."

Argentina 8. Lic.Victoria Massola, Coordinadora de Gestión, Reserva Natural Bahía Blanca, Bahía Falsa, Bahía Verde, OPDS - Buenos Aires, está escribiendo: "Estimada Nadia aunque más tarde de lo previsto, le hago llegar el informe y algunas imágenes que ilustran la celebración del Primer Festival De Los Humedales. Cordialmente." Fotos.

Australia 1. The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts' Web page on WWD 2009 explains the significance of the day and provides a calendar of WWD events scheduled to take place in the Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia. There are also links to downloadable materials specific to WWD in Australia. http://www.environment.gov.au/water/environmental/wetlands/do/day/index.html.

Australia 2. The Hon Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts of Australia, took the occasion of World Wetlands Day to launch his government's "Ramsar Snapshot Study Report" on the status and management of all 65 Australian Ramsar sites up to the end of 2007 and on the completeness and currency of Ramsar site documentation for Australian Ramsar sites. He concludes that the study "paints a damning picture of poor administration and inaction under the previous government". Here is the press release.

Australia 3. Simon Branigan, Environment Tasmania, Tasmania's Conservation Council, Hobart, writes: "Please find Environment Tasmania's promotional flyer for a seminar we organised to celebrate World Wetland Day. The flyer provides a brief outline of the format of the seminar." Here are the results of the seminar and a link to the flyer.

Australia 4. The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre which is part of the Tamar River Conservation Area in Northern Tasmania, Australia organised World Wetlands Day activities attended by more than 100 people. Read more in Alison Moore's well illustrated report and view the poster announcement.

Australia 5.John Caven, Conservation Officer/Secretary, Field & Game Australia – Metropolitan Branch, writes: “Please find attached our simple report for what was a great morning in the Tanunda Wetlands, Parks Victoria, in the City of Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia."

Australia 6.Liz Hajenko, Project Officer, WetlandCare Australia, Ballina NSW, writes: "The WetlandCare Australia National Art Competition enjoyed a second successful year, with the opening exhibition of the winning works being held on World Wetlands Day 2009. Please find attached a summary of the competition. The online gallery of winning Art, Photography and Primary School posters can be viewed at www.wetlandcare.com.au."

Austria.Gerhard Sigmund writes: "Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren ! Anbei zu Ihrer Kenntnis eine Presseaussendung des "Murschutz-Komitees" über Ziele des Feuchtgebietsschutzes an der Mur und Einladung zur Mur-Wanderung 2009 entlang der freien Fließstrecke bei Misselsdorf / Mureck.Herzlichen Dank an die Kollegen in der Steiermark für diese vorbildliche Aktivität !Mit besten Grüßen." PDF 1. PDF 2.

Austria / Slovenia. Stanka Dešnik, from the NGO Tabrih in Slovenia, writes "On Sunday, 1st February 2009, about 500 participants walked along the Mura River, a natural connection between Slovenia and Austria on the European Greenbelt, to support the protection of the river and its associated wetlands. Until around 1985-1989 this was a forbidden area for people living nearby and was reserved only for border guards. No activities were permitted - no walking, canoeing - not even building power plants was permitted! In the last 7 years Austria has revitalised river embankments on their side of the river in five areas, restoring nature friendly habitats to enrich the wetlands and the groundwater capacity. Now we are expecting, this revitalisation to start on the right side of the river in Slovenia. Unfortunately there are still hydropower planning processes taking place in both countries. NGO Tabrih started in the year 2000 with events on WWD to raise awareness of the inhabitants living near the river. The WWD action was extended in 2006, through the establishment of an international informal body with one goal: to protect the Mura river and its riparian wetlands through 4 countries through which it travels and leave the water in the river free-running in the last 100 km of this 444 km river. Upstream there are already 31 hydro power plants, and we think, that this river has given enough renewable energy for people!" More about the WWD event can be see here (in Slovenian). Poster in German and in Slovenian.

Bangladesh 1.Jewel Sharif, President of the Nature & Biodiversity Conservation Society (NBCS) writes "The theme of WWD 2009 is Wetlands and river basin management and the slogan is Upstream Downstream: Wetlands connect us all . Both are relevant and very important for Bangladesh. From 2005 NBCS has continuously celebrated WWD through various activities in Bangladesh for raising public awareness and to strengthen of the Mission of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Here is Jewel's illustrated report of the Seminar he organised at the National Press Club in Dhaka to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2009.

Bangladesh 2.Raquibul Amin, IUCN Bangladesh, writes: "In the pink light of the early morning of 2 February 2009, several hundred country fishing boats slid into Tanguar Haor, their peaked nets cocked, taking part in a rally to mark World Wetlands Day. . . . The rally was organized by the Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor Program (CBSMTHP), and was followed by an open discussion session. Community leaders addressed the progress made by the project activities, and outlined some of the limits and constraints they are encountering. The project is implemented by IUCN Bangladesh on behalf of Ministry of Environment and Forest and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)." Report (PDF)

Belgium 1.Servais Bérenger, Chargé de mission Ramsar, Parc Naturel Haute Sûre et Forêt d'Anlier, écrit: "Bonjour, Vous trouverez en annexe le compte rendu des activités présentées dans le site Ramsar belgo-luxembourgeois "Vallée de la Haute-Sûre" à l'occasion de la Journée mondiale des zones humides 2009. Je vous en souhaite bonne réception."

Belgium 2. Message de Catherine Dewaele du Cellule d'Education et de Sensibilisation, Parc naturel des Plaines de l'Escaut en Belgique: "Veuillez trouver les activités du Parc naturel des Plaines de l'Escaut et l'affiche de l'exposition d'H. Stievenart en illustration."

Botswana.Arabang Kanego from the Department of Environmental Affairs in Botswana has sent this illustrated report on their WWD activities commencing in Mopipi village with a wetlands march from the village traditional meeting place (kgotla) to the venue of the event where a number of activites took place including tree planting, exhibitions, as well as traditional songs, dances and poems.

Bulgaria 1. Dimitar Popov of the NGO Green Balkanswrites; "Please find attached information on the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2009 in Bulgaria at the town of Pomorie organized by our NGO. The Pomorie Wetland complex is Ramsar site No 1229". Here is Dimitar's illustrated report (PDF).

Bulgaria 2. Ms. Aylin Hasan, Ramsar Convention NFP, National Nature Protection Service, Ministry of Environment and Water, writes: “Please find attached information on the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2009 in Bulgaria at the town of Varna and Burgas organized by Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water - Varna and Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water - Burgas.”

Cameroon. Alain Yondjin Ngamy, Coordinateur du Club de l'Environnement du Lycée d'Awaé au Cameroun nous a envoyé ce rapport (PDF) et des photos (PDF) des activités organisées pour la JMZH et aussi du 11 février, journée jeunesse.

Canada 1. Carolyn Grant of the Kimberley Daily Bulletin writes that: "February 2 is World Wetlands Day, and in celebration of that event, the environmental group Wildsight and the Art Gallery of Golden are mounting a major exhibition featuring artists from up and down this valley and a few from further afield.Ellen Zimmerman, a longtime Wildsight member, is organizing the show, along with Bill Usher, Executive Director of Kicking Horse Culture/Art Gallery of Golden. The theme is the inspiration the artists themselves draw from the Columbia Wetlands, and the show will feature paintings, sculpture and other media. The show opens on January 31 and runs through to March 28. Zimmerman has been passionate about the Columbia Wetlands for many, many years and says now more than ever there is a need to protect this magnificent natural wonder." Article 1 (PDF). Article 2 (PDF).

Canada 2.Charmaine Barney, Stewardship Biologist, NL Eastern Habitat Joint Venture, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, writes: ”Attached is a PDF summary of activities carried out at our Division on World Wetlands Day this year. This may be a potential posting for the World Wetlands Day link on your website. Thanks.”

Canada 3.Cathy Grant, Outreach and Education Instructor, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (www.cloca.com), Oshawa, Ontario, writes: "Our snowshoeing event this year was great fun, the weather was perfect for snowshoeing. Our visitors not only had a chance to snowshoe but also were able to get up close to the birds that call Lynde Shores their home." Illustrated report.

Canada 4. Dr Paresh Pandya, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, writes: "World Wetland Day was celebrated this year on 2 February, with the Future Teachers of Ontario Canada; school going children and community people; events held to highlight values and challenges of wetlands. We have promoted the World Wetlands Day this year at university campus, Windsor City, and county of Ontario, Canada, and Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre of Windsor." Here is a brief report, with a PowerPoint presentation and fact sheet in PDF.

Chile 1.Elier Tabilo-Valdivieso, Director Internacional, Centro Neotropical de Entrenamiento en Humedales, está escribiendo: "El pasado 2 de febrero la Municipalidad de Coquimbo efectuó un significativo acto de conmemoración del Día Mundial de los Humedales a la cual asistieron numerosas autoridades de gobierno, ciudadanos y empresas privadas, con el deseo de generar un compromiso público-privado para la conservación del patrimonio ambiental regional, es este caso particular, el Estero El Culebrón." Aquí.

Chile 2. "Amig@s del Ramsar Forum. Junto con saludarles muy cordialmente, los invitamos a revisar entrevista a Diego Luna Quevedo (Director Ejecutivo de la Corporación Ambientes Acuáticos de Chile) realizada por la Revista chilena “Impacto Ambiental” con motivo del Día Mundial de los Humedales. Click aquí: http://www.iambiental.cl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4910&Itemid=2" o aquí (PDF).

Chile 3.José Luis Brito Montero está escribiendo: "Lamento la demora en la entrega de la información, pero les adjuntamos las fotos de la Celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales celebrada el 2 de febrero del 2009, en San Antonio, Chile en la zona de Tejas verdes, desembocadura del río Maipo, en donde se concentran miles de aves migratorias. En la oportunidad se realizo una charla a los pescadores y público en general sobre Los Humedales y la desembocadura del río maipo, una exposición sobre la vida silvestre y un recorrido en bus y en bote al estuario del rió para observar las aves del humedal." Fotos

China 1. Carrie Ma, Wetland Park Manager for Education at the Hong Kong Wetland Park, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, writes "I am happy to share with you a brief report of the 5-month World Wetlands Day 2009 Hong Kong Celebration Programme, which started in October 2008 to February 2009. Activities of the programme include public education activities (guided tours, snap shot, wetlands gallery, and treasure hunt), field record collection (bird race, and insect photography) as well as role-play (storytelling and performance) to highlight the use of wetlands. It also included a 7-days Cultural Festival which raised public awareness on the conservation of river basins. Education material and further information can be refered to at our "Wetland Kaleidoscope" - WWD 2009 website here". The WWD report can be viewed here and a set of exhibiton panels for visitors based on the Ramsar theme can be viewed here.

China 2. Hu Xinxin, from the Division of Ramsar Convention and International Cooperation, Office of Wetland Conservation and Management in the State Forestry administration has sent this illustrated report detailing several WWD activities that took place in China for WWD.

Colombia 1.Luz Amparo Nuñez M., Corporacion Autonoma Regional del Valle del Cauca, Direccion ambiental regional suroriente – Palmira, está escribiendo: "Buenos dias. Se envia el informe de la celebarcion del dia de los humedales en nuestra jurisdiccion."

Colombia 2.Edinson Tigreros Herrera está escribiendo: "Hola Valerie, en archivo adjunto estoy enviando el informe de la celebración del Día Mundial de los Huemdales desarrollado en la Madrevieja Videles Corregimiento de Guabas Muncipio de Guacarí."

Croatia.Pavao Dragičević writes: "A series of presentations on the theme of celebrating the International Day for the protection of wetland areas, 02.february 2009, was held in Vinkovci. Set is organized by public institution for managing protected natural values of the Vukovarsko-srijemska county. Works were displayed the students and teachers of secondary and primary schools, and the topics are mainly related to the Ramsar protected areas in Croatia (Kopački rit, the valley of the Neretva river, Black Mlaka and Lonjsko and Mokro polje) and ways how we are conected all within many activities among agriculture, water management, forestry sector at one side and nature protection on the other side. Also, the work related less well-known wetland areas in the county and wildlife in those areas. During the presentation in the background were heard audio effects of many animal species that live in marsh and swamp areas. We will send to you some pictures."

Cuba. Msc. Julio Haedo Maden, Esp. Educación Ambiental, CITMA. Ciénaga de Zapata, está escribiendo: "Estimados colegas: Adjunto les estoy enviando convocatoria y programa de actividades por el 2 de febrero, Día Mundial de los Humedales que estamos celebrando acá en Ciénaga de Zapata. Un saludo afectuoso y cordial."

Cyprus.Dr. Andreas Ch. Hadjichambis, Scientific Director of the Cyprus Centre for Environmental Research and Education, Limassol: “I would like to share with you a brief report of the 5th Pan Cyprian Celebration of the World Wetlands Day 2009 in Cyprus. The World Wetlands Day has been organised by the Cyprus Centre for Environmental Research and Education (CYCERE – KYKPEE) every year since 2004. This year the 5th Pan Cyprian Celebration of the World Wetlands Day 2009 aimed to showcase the value of wetlands for our ecosystems. Such habitats are important areas for biodiversity and support high concentrations of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, invertebrates and plants. The week 1-8 February 2009 was dedicated in Environmental Education and Awareness for Wetlands and several events were organised: 5th Pan Cyprian Celebration of the World Wetlands Day 2009; Bird watching in the Despotiki Limni settlements of the Cyprus Centre for Environmental Research and Education; Special Programmes for the Wetlands in the Environmental Education Programs in were participated Public and Private Elementary and High Schools from all around Cyprus.” Illustrated report (PDF). Flyer (PDF2)

Ecuador 1. Blga. Alicia Jaramillo Cabo, Coordinadora Proyecto Isla Santay, Fundación Malecón 2000, está escribiendo: “Adjunto a la presente encontrarán, informe de actividades relacionadas con la Celebración del Día de los humedales 2009, realizado durante el mes de febrero para el sitio Ramsar 1041 Isla Santay- Provincia del Guayas- Ecuador.”

Ecuador 2. "Soy el ingeniero Carlos González Lince, Responsable de la Oficina Técnica de Quevedo y organizador del evento a realizarse el día 2 de febrero por celebrarse el día mundial de los humedales. El Humedal Abras De Mantequilla está ubicado en la provincia de los Ríos - Ecuador, catalogado como sitio RAMSAR, 1023." Informe.

Fiji.Fiji plans to celebrate the day with media awareness activities including the distribution of wetland awareness posters to schools. They will also be officially launching a Ramsar small grant-funded project to improve the management of Fiji’s first Ramsar site, the Upper Navua Conservation Area. They will also be holding a national wetland steering committee meeting on the second of February. From the SPREP press release.Here is the subsequent report from the Ministry of the Environment, and some additional WWD materials.

France 1.Tobias Salathé, Senior Advisor for Europe, celebrated World Wetlands Day in Willstätt on the German/French border to mark the recently designated Transboundary Ramsar Site Oberrhein/ Rhin supérieur. Here's a brief illustrated report.

France 2.Frédéric écrit: “Bonjour, et meilleurs vœux à tous. Ci-joint l’affiche de exposition que nous organisons avec la SPP des MAJ à Jumièges. Espérant votre présence (je sais ça fait loin pour certains d’entre vous …mais j’ai envoyé à tous nos contacts !!!) Merci de diffuser autour de vous.” Société de Pêche et de Protection des Milieux Aquatiques Jumiègeois, Mairie de Jumièges, 76480 Jumièges. Poster (PDF).

France 3.Jean Yves Lecoeuvre écrit: "Bonsoir à tous. Pour votre info, Article Association des Sauvaginiers de la Vallée de la Scarpe au sujet de la journée mondiale des zones humides. Bonne réception."

France 4.Nicolas Guilpain, Service Environnement, Mairie de Leucate, écrit : « Bonjour. Désolé pour le retard mais voici le compte rendu des animations organisées sur Leucate. »

France 5.Francis Guidou, SD ONEMA 51, écrit : « Bonjour à tous, Je vous adresse ci-joint le compte-rendu des Journées Mondiales Zones Humides à COURVILLE des samedi 31.01.2009 et dimanche 1.02.2009, ainsi que quelques photos. Je tenais à vous remercier pour votre participation à l'occasion de ces journées portes ouvertes. Votre collaboration a largement contribué à la réussite de cette évenement sur le site du domaine des étangs de COURVILLE. A l'année prochaine!.......... »

France 6. Ramsar's Nathalie Rizzotti explains: "For the second consecutive year, the Danone-Evian Fund for Water is helping the French NGO LPO (Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux) to organize about 40 free animations in the field and to edit a brochure about wetlands’ importance, in support of the Ramsar World Wetland Day." Brief report.

France 7.The Association Pegazh écrit: "Je vous envoie un bref bilan (partenaires, participation...) des journées mondiales des zones humides 2009 organisées par l'association des étudiants de Master 2 Ecoingénierie des Zones Humides d'Angers. Vous y avez participé de manière plus ou moins directe et nous tenions à vous en remercier encore une fois. Vous en souhaitant bonne lecture, nous vous souhaitons à toutes et à tous un très bon printemps."

France 8.Samuel Régnauld, Communication Sicgebln, écrit: "En pièces jointes des renseignements à propos du nettoyage des marais organisé à Couëron et St Etienne de Montluc par le Syndicat intercommunal de chasse au gibier d'eau de Basse Loire norddans le cadre de La Journée mondiale des zones humides."

France (Corsica).Mauricette Figarella, Chargée de mission, Direction régionale de l'environnement, de l'aménagement et du Logement, Bastia, écrit: "Je vous transmets un bilan des actions réalisées dans le cadre de la JMZH 2009 ainsi qu'une revue de presse : cette dernière étant un document très lourd, je vous ferai un envoi séparé. Je crois vous avoir dit que certaines actions n'avaient pas pu être réalisées en raison de conditions météorologiques défavorables au mois de février. Avec les partenaires habituels, nous avons décidé de mettre en oeuvre ces actions au printemps : elles donneront lieu à une nouvelle médiatisation, ce qui me parait important pour la prise en compte et la reconnaissance des zones humides dans la région." Rapport. Presse 1. Presse 2.

France (French Polynesia). Melle Onyx LE BIHAN, Chargée de l'environnement, Mairie de Moorea-Maiao, écrit : « Bonjour à tous, Vous trouverez ci-joint le communiqué de la mairie sur la journée mondiale des zones humides qui a eu lieu ce matin. Je voudrais remercier les associations (te mana o te moana, te pu atitia et PGEM Moorea), l'école et collège d'Afareaitu, les entreprises privées (SPEA, tikiphone...), les agents communaux et toute autre personne qui de près ou de loin ont contribué à l'organisation et au déroulement de cette journée. A tous un grand merci, et à bientôt... »

Gabon 1. The government of Gabon has completed the paperwork for the designation of three new sites for the List of Wetlands of International Importance, all effective as of World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2009. They are large and very rich wetlands that bring Gabon's total amount of Ramsar coverage to nine sites over 2,818,469 hectares. WWF International's Freshwater Programme and WWF - Gabon provided financial and technical support for this project, and all are to be congratulated heartily. Ramsar's Cynthia Kibata has prepared these brief site descriptions for the Annotated Ramsar List.

Gabon 2. Célestine Mengue, Programme Officer with WWF-Gabon, has sent this report (PDF) from their WWD event in Libreville.

Germany. Tobias Salathé, Senior Advisor for Europe, celebrated World Wetlands Day in Willstätt on the German/French border to mark the recently designated Transboundary Ramsar Site Oberrhein/ Rhin supérieur. Here's a brief illustrated report.

Greece 1. Sofia Spirou writes: "For this year’s World Wetlands Day the MedWet Secretariat in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Prespa and the public transport service TRAM SA are running a campaign in the public transport system of Athens. Launched for two weeks between 26 January - 9 February the electric cars of the city of Athens host a message on World Wetlands Day. Launched for the third year this awareness raising activity aims to sensitize the public about the value of wetlands. With 60,000 passengers travelling on the fleet of electric cars on average per day this is an awareness raising message successfully delivered to a wide audience."

Greece 2.Eleni Makrigianni writes: “We celebrated the WWD in Evros Delta Visitor Centre on Monday 2nd of February. Five schools with 260 children participated. The activities included: Powerpoint presentation about the theme of the day "The wetlands connect us"; Competition; Handicraft; Birdwatching tour in Evros Delta”.

Hungary. András Schmidt from the Department of Wildlife & Speleological Conservation provides this brief, illustrated report (PDF) of their WWD activities in Hungary, including events in several Hungarian national parks, open days for schools with exhibitions, field visits and quiz games, as well as goose counting on Lake Balaton.

India 1. The South Asian Forum for Environment writes: "South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE) this year on 2nd Feb'09 World Wetlands Day; handed over India's first Biorights project to the wetlanders of the East Kolkata Wetlands, a threatened Ramsar site. This concept of Biorights last year was launched by Dr. Dipayan Dey, Chair SAFE, creating a win-win opportunity towards poverty alleviation & environmental conservation. The torch handing over ceremony took place in a solemn ceremony organized by SAFE at the *Sukantanagar bheri* of East Kolkata Wetlands, an only Ramsar site in West Bengal." Illustrated report.

India 2. Dr R. K. Ranjan Singh of Manipur University and Secretary of the Manipur Association for Science and Society reported that "In collaboration with Doordersan Kendra Imphal, the Government of India Television Network filmed along the drainage basin of the Manipur River System (one of the head streams of the Chindwin River of Myanmar) between 25th and 31st January and then broadcast the film on World Wetlands Day, 2nd February at 7.30 pm (IST). The documentary covered some of the activities along the course of the Imphal River and its different confluences and interfluvial areas where wetlands are situated. The film also showed school and college students being asked 20 questions about wetlands and river basins. The TV programme was re-broadcast on 5th February at the request of viewers." Formal functions were organized by Manipur Association for Science and Society (MASS) in collaboration with INTACH Manipur Chapter, Human Rights Initiative (HRI), Citizens Concerned for Dams and Development (CCDD) at the premises of INTEGRATION HOUSE Dolphin Rd, Palace Compound, Inner Thangapat Mapal, Imphal-795001. The press release can be read here (PDF).

India 3. Rashmi Gangwar, Programme Coordinator, CEE Himalaya, writes: “The Centre for Environment Education (CEE) observed a day long awareness programme with the students and teachers in a remote Himalayan village of Jammu & Kashmir. Please find attached a report for your website.”

India 4. Sawroop Sharma writes: "The Environment Society of India today organised the world Wetlands day celebrations near the regulator end of Sukhna lake Chandigarh. Addressing press correspondents and photographers ESP President S K Sharma said that he has been organizing the wetlands day celebration since 1981 whereas the International Ramsar convention on wetlands started the world wetlands day in 1997.Thus Chandigarh leads the world in wetlands conservation campaign."

India 5. Elsie Gabriel, Founder President of the  Young Environmentalists Programme Trust, writes that the Young Environmentalists Programme Trust celebrated WWD at the S. M. Shetty International School auditorium in Mumbai. “Over 600 city students participate in Wetlands Day inter-school essay writing competition organised by Young Environmentalists on Feb 2- 2009!” Here is the brief report.

India 6. Kedar Gore of the The Energy and Resources Institute in Mumbai celebrated World Wetlands Day by visiting 8 schools, with the conviction that "children can carry and propagate the message of wetland preservation effectively among their family, friends and the society at large". Read more in Kedar's short illustrated report here.

India 7. Sanjeev Sharma, Sr. Project Officer-Wetland, WWF-India, writes: “WWF-India, Field Office Shimla organised World Wetlands Day at Rewalser Lake at Mandi, H.P. Please link to the following site for more details and activities on this occasion: http://himachal.us/2009/02/02/world-wetlands-day-at-rewalsar-himachal/10403/people/himachal-news.

India 8. Ajit Pattnaik writes: "The national level WWD was observed at 'Kanjia Lake', a wetland of national importance located at Nandankanan Biological Park, Orissa, India, in a befitting manner on 2nd February 2009. . . . The WWD-2009 was observed jointly by the Nandankanan Biological Park and Ministry of Environment and Forest Government of India in collaboration with Pallishree a grass root level NGO with significant experience on wetland education, and Ramsar Center Japan. It was a full day programme focused on school children." Here is the report.

India 9. Harshad Kulkarni, Kolhapur, writes: "I am sending you the article including photographs of the program held in our college on occasion of World Wetland Week2009. We invited Prof. Dr. S. R. Yadav, Department of Botany, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, who is a world class taxonomist & expert in the field of wetlands. Thanking you for your cooperation."

India 10. Dr. Pramod Salaskar, Field Station Incharge, Powai lake, Mumbai, writes: “We organised a one day seminar on wetlands on 2nd February 2008. On the same day we also inagurate the field station on Powai lake, where I did my Ph.D. in 1998. Please see the attached brochure.”

India 11. Dr Sidharth Kaul, Director, Ministry of Environment & Forests, New Delhi, writes: “Please find enclosed our report on the celebration of World Wetlands Day-2009. This time, the national level function was organized at Bhubaneshwar near Chilika wetland. This is for your information. You are requested to put it on Ramsar’s website for information of others. We also sending a copy of the report through air-mail also."

India 12. Renjan Mathew Varghese, State Director, WWF – India, Kerala State Office, writes: “WWF-India, Kerala State Office, and NSS College, Cherthala, jointly organised the WWD 2009 with the support of Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society. Please find the report and photographs attached.”

India 13.Vivek Sharma, Project Scientist, Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Chandigarh, writes: "Under the aegis of Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, World Wetlands Day was celebrated in all the districts of Punjab by eco-clubs established under the National Green Corps (NGC) Programme. Various activities including seminars, competitions, lectures, news articles, stage plays, rallies, wetland field visits, etc were organized to mark the day."

India 14. Dr Chiranjibi Pattanaik, Senior Program Officer, Landscape Ecology Division, Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History, Hyderabad, writes: “Thanks for sending the WWD material in time. Sorry for my late reply. Herewith I am attaching the World Wetland Day celebration by our organization - Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History. We celebrated the WWD on 2nd February 2009 with school children at Uppalapadu lake of Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India.Kindly upload the report to Ramsar website. waiting for your reply. Thanking you.”

India 15. Neeraj Srivastav, State Coordinator, Indian Bird Conservation Network, Uttar Pradesh writes: "World Wetland Day was celebrated on February 2, 2009 by state unit of Indian Bird Conservation Network at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary. More than 100 students from two local schools actively participated in the event."

India 16. Dr Prasad Karnik writes that a one day Conference on "Students Participation in Clean Creek Movement” was organized by Enviro-Vigil Thane, India on the eve of "World Wetlands Day". His report is here (PDF).

Ireland.Sean Halligan, University of Limerick, writes: "On February 2nd to mark World Wetlands Day (WWD), Mary Immaculate College’s Geography Society participated in a clean-up of the Westfields wetlands, Condell Road, Limerick. Westfields is home to numerous wild birds and attracts many migratory species. A mountain of rubbish was collected including lorry tyres, cans, bottles and sweet wrappers." Brief report and photo.

Italy.Eliana Caramelli, Osservatorio Naturalistico della Laguna e Centro Informativo, Direzione Ambiente e Sicurezza del Territorio, Comune di Venezia, writes: "We inform you that City of Venice - Environmental Department will organize a public conference on "Minor wetlands in the venetian area" for the 2009 world wetlands day. In attacment the press release and the invitation." PDF 1, PDF 2.

Jamaica. "The Natural History Division (NHD) of the Institute of Jamaica, as part of its continued drive to raise public awareness of the value of wetlands, will commemorate World Wetlands Day (February 2), with a week of activities during the period, February 2 to 6, under the theme, 'Upstream - Downstream: Wetlands connect us all'. These activities will include an exhibition and a lecture on February 2, at the Kellits Branch Library, in Clarendon, and tours of the Mason River Protected Area, also in Clarendon, on February 6." From Jamaica Information Service.

Japan 1. Kimiko Matsumura of the Wild Bird Society of Japan Tokushima branch/ World Wetland Network writes that "We, the Wild Bird Society of Japan, Tokushima branch organized a small meeting to report ‘Ramsar COP10 in Korea 2008’ to the public as WWD event on January 24. Read illustrated report of the meeting here (PDF).

Japan 2. Ms Maki Umeyama, Wildlife Division, Nature Conservation Bureau, Japan Ministry of the Environment, has sent a PDF report of 19 different WWD activities throughout Japan.

Kenya 1. L. N. Makosi, an education warden from the Kenya Wildlife Service (the government body responsible for administering the Ramsar Convention in Kenya), has sent a well-illustrated report (PDF) of their World Wetlands Day activities in the Meru Conservation Area at Maua town. Over 700 people of all ages and from all walks of life participated and were informed in the speeches of the need to unite and save their wetlands. Meru National Park is situated downstream from Maua town which is in the Nyambene hills, from where most of the rivers flowing into the park have their source. Tree-planting, litter collection, essay competition for the schoolchildren were among the activities organized, as well as a football match between the two sponsors of the day, the KWS and Safaricom mobile phone provider.

Kenya 2. Maurice Ouma Odhiambo, Programmes Assistant, Haki-Mazingira Programme, Resource Conflict Institute (RECONCILE), writes: "On 2nd February 2009, I attended and participated in a public meeting convened to celebrate the International Wetlands Day in Naivasha Town. The organisation of this meeting was done by Naivasha District CSO forum with Support from different stakeholder including WWF, Green Belt Movement KWS, Resource Conflict Institute (RECONCILE). The key Speaker at this function was the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Prof Wangare Maathai." Brief report.

Kenya 3. Susan Atieno and Wilson Rading Outa of the Rand Institute for Policy and Education in Nairobi write: "On this year's WWD, the Rand Institute will conduct a field study on the Lake Victoria Basin and how to overcome the challenges affecting the 2nd largest fresh water lake in the world; an advisory letter to the Commissioner of Lands in regards to subdivision of a wetland in Nyandarua South district and advising on the best way forward; distribution of WWD 2009 educative materials at strategic places around Kisumu City and a press release on the destruction of the Mau Forest Complex and the dwindling numbers of flamingoes on the Lake Nakuru." The Rand newsletter on WWD2009, the press release on the loss of flamingos (PDF)

Korea, Republic of. Ms. Namue Lee, Public Awareness and Training Officer, UNDP/GEF Korea Wetland Project, has sent information about a Ramsar Wetland Conservation Forum held at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. Announcement. Poster.

Lao. Charlotte Hicks, Private Sector Engagement Officer at IUCN Lao, writes that Lao PDR government representatives, teachers and students, and civil society participants came together with IUCN Lao PDR at the National University of Laos (NUoL) to celebrate World Wetlands Day. Here is their illustrated report (PDF).

Lebanon.Sabina Llewellyn-Davies, Communications manager, TLB Destinations  (www.tlb-destinations.com), and Nassim Yaacoub, program manager, CYCLAMEN, write: “This year Cyclamen organized a trip to Aamiq, a wetland in the Bekaa Valley, in order to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general. This area is very important for both breeding and migrating birds since it is one of very few wetlands left in the intensely cultivated Bekaa Valley. Unfortunately, this year there was no water in the wetlands during our visit. The mountain range surrounding us is usually covered at this time of the year – now they have barely any snow. Temperatures have been unusually mild for this time of the year.”

Liberia. Cecelia Kollie from the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) writes that they collaborated with local and international partners to celebrate World Wetlands Day in Monrovia and Lake Piso Wetland from 2-3 February 2009. The theme of the celebration was River Basins and Their Management and marchers literally carried a banner with the slogan Upstream, Downstream- Wetlands connect us all. Here is the report including newspaper coverage (PDF). This event was funded through the Wacowet Ramsar Regional Initiative.

Marshall Islands.The Republic of the Marshall Islands will be utilising the wisdom and experience of elders of the Jaluit Atoll Conservation Area, their first designated Ramsar site.  They will be sharing stories with students in the schools about the importance of mangrove areas from a traditional perspective. From the SPREP press release.Here is the subsequent report from John Bungitak, General Manager of the Environment Protection Authority.

Mexico 1. Manuel De Jesùs Hernàndez Ancheita de Palenque, Chiapas, dice “El día 2 de Febrero se celebro en Palenque, Chiapas; el día mundial de los Humedales en la casa de la Cultura del municipio, así como en la ciudad de Mazatlán, Sinaloa; donde se llevaba a cabo un taller de formación para especialistas, se pidió un espacio para hacer difusión de los Humedales de Catazajá y La Libertad en el estado de Chiapas.” Reporte illustrado aquí (PDF).

Mexico 2. Dra. Clorinda Sarabia Bueno, Veracruz, está escribiendo: "Anexo con la presente la Invitación de lo que organizó Sitio Ramsar 1450, para festejar el Día Mundial de los Humedales, que es una semana completa. Espero te sirva y en cuanto tenga fotos te la enviaremos."

Mexico 3. Spiro Pavlovich, Mangle Negro A.C., está escribiendo: "Hola Sandra, Aqui te estamos organizando un evento para celebrar el dia mundial de los humedales, el cual consiste en una carrera de kayak en el humedal moroncarit - yavaros. el cual se encuentra en el sur del estado de sonora, en el pais mexico. Te anexo la convocatoria y la nota de la prensa.”

Mexico 4. Daniel Díaz Rodriguez está escribiendo: "Te quiero compartir unas imágenes de un taller sobre biodiversidad y conocimiento tradicional con niños indígenas de la Sierra de Aquila, en Michoacán, México. Decidieron realizar un mural en la pared de su escuela que tiene que ver mucho con Ramsar." Fotos.

Morocco 1. Mohamed Benata de l’Espace de Solidarité et de Coopération de l’Oriental (ESCO) a organisé un séminaire avec la participation de ses différents partenaires de la Société civile, des enseignants universitaires, des décideurs et des experts en environnement notamment les associations de protection de l’Environnement dans l’Oriental groupées en collectif dans l’Ecoloplateforme du Maroc du Nord et avec l’appui financier du Ministère Français des affaires Européennes et étrangères et de l’Institut de Recherche et Développement (Ird). Communiqué de presse ici.

Morocco 2. Mme Hayat Mesbah écrit: "A l’occasion de la célébration de la Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides le 02 février, date de la signature de la Convention de Ramsar en 1971, le Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à Lutte Contre la Désertification (HCEFLCD) a organiseé en collaboration avec la Wilaya de Fès, l’Institut Scientifique de Rabat, le Groupe de Recherche pour la Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc (GREPOM) et la Société Protectrice des Animaux et de la Nature (SPANA), une journée d’information et de sensibilisation à Fès, le lundi 02 février 2009, sous le thème : "D’amont en Aval" les zones humides nous relient les uns aux autres. Voir, ci-joint, le rapport de cette célébration."

Nepal 1. Jhamak B. Karki, the Under Secretary (Technical) for Bardia National Park in Nepal, sent in this report of the World Wetland Day activities conducted at the National Park in conjunction with WTLCP, WWF Nepal and NTNC/BCP. The event included a workshop with various stakeholders at the site that efforts should be made to designate the site as a Ramsar Site; a high-level visit to the site by the Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Dr. Uday Raj Sharma; and an art competition by students.

Nepal 2. Mohan Raj Kafle, Chief Executive Officer, Wetland Friends of Nepal (WFN), writes: “I am very pleased to send the news on activities carried out on the occassion of World Wetlands Day 2009 by our organization, Wetland Friends of Nepal (WFN). Please find the activity report and informative material published on WWD 2009.”

Nepal 3. Mr. Deep Narayan Shah; Chairman, Hindu Kush Himalayan Benthological Society (see www.hkhbenso.com.np) and Mr. Ramsharan Harisharan; Chairman, Greenwich Academy had jointly organized programs (Wetlands Tour with Wetlands Photo Competition and National Workshop) on the theme "Upstream-Downstream: Wetlands connect us all" ... in cooperation with Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), Government of Nepal, in Kathmandu. The event was financially supported by National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and World Wildlife Fund Nepal (WWF Nepal) and material support by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

New Zealand 1. The Southern Environmental Association took the opportunity of World Wetlands Day to petition government officials to designate the Opau Wetlands in Wellington as a Nature Reserve. Their letter (PDF).

New Zealand 2. Peter Ledingham, Information Officer, Taranaki Regional Council, writes: “ The Taranaki Regional Council, in conjunction with Fish and Game Taranaki, the QEII National Trust, the Taranaki Tree Trust and the Department of Conservation are marking World Wetlands Day 2009 with an open day on Sunday, 1 February, at a small wetlands restoration project on private farm land. About 50 people attended the event, which isn't bad considering Taranaki's relative isolation and small population (the region is home to 104,000 people). As part of a wider programme focused on water quality, our Council actively promotes wetland restoration, protection and enhancement by private landowners. So WWD is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness. The landowner who hosted our WWD field day this year was brilliant.  Attached are PDFs of an advertising feature published in the Taranaki Daily News on Wednesday, 28 January, 2009, to promote the open day and World Wetlands Day in general." PDF1. PDF2.

Nicaragua 1. Roger Monterrey sent this brief report: "Acugra conmemora el Día Mundial de los Humedales" (PDF).

Nicaragua 2. Professor Martín Lezama sends an announcement of an event organised as part of World Wetlands Month near Laguna de Moyúa, which is planned to be country's ninth Ramsar site. The celebration also marked the official launch of a community project and a management plan for the lake system which is supported by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg through the small grants programme of the United Nations.

Nigeria. Esther Okunade from the Department of Forestry in Nigeria writes "I am happy to inform you that we had a wonderful World Wetland Day on a small scale level with the following programme: 1. National Radio Interview; 2. TV panorama; 3. Press release. I hereby attach the press release for your perusal".

Norway. Alastair Brown, Curator, Lands Museum, Dokka, writes: "Hi!Here is our report from World Wetlands Day, together with the poster we used (in Norwegian unfortunately)."

Palau. The Republic of Palau is holding an essay competition for the community of Melekeok on the importance of wetlands. They will observe World Wetlands Day on Sunday with a special ceremony after church services at the Lake Ngardok Nature Reserve, their first designated Ramsar site.  It is there that awards will be presented to the winners of the essay competition. From the SPREP press release.

Pakistan 1. Naimat Ullah Khan, Coordinator of Lincoln Corner, Karachi, Pakistan, writes "On Feb 02, 2009, Lincoln Corner Karachi in collaboration with Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Karachi (IES-KU) & WWF Pakistan (Indus for all program) arranged a study tour of 70 students & faculty members of Environmental Studies to Largest Sweet Water Lake in the region, i.e. Kynjher Lake, Thatta, Sindh, a designated wetland site here in Pakistan". Here is their illustrated report (PDF). [Note: Lincoln Corner Karachi is a special reference library in Karachi under a joint Partnership program between the US Mission in Pakistan & ZVMG Rangoonwala Trust.]

Pakistan 2. NaimatUllah Khan also reports on a second WWD event that Lincoln Corner, Karachi, Pakistan, organised on the 10th February: "Lincoln Corner Karachi in collaboration with WWF Indus for all program arranged a WWF Wetland Centre, Sandspit Trip for children with disabilities from Pakistan Association of Deaf (PAD) & Pakistan Navy M.A Rangoonwala Special children School on Feb 10, 2009. Around 70 participants from PAD & PN MA Rangoonwala school attended the program." Here is their illustrated report(PDF).

Pakistan 3. Rahat Najam, a wetland consultant from Pakistan, writes "The Pak -US Alumni Association - Karachi Chapter celebrated the World Wetland Day 2009 on 8th of February. More than 30 participants from the Pak-US alumni from Karachi and Hyderabad cities have joined the occasion at the Haleji Lake (Ramsar Site facing degradation to its habitat and habitants). Illustrated report here (PDF).

Panama 1. Eunith Gonzalez Amores, Colaboradora de GITEC, informa sobre "La celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales 2009, la cual fue organizada por el Grupo para la Investigación Tecnoecológica y la Conservación (G.I.TE.C.), en conjunto con la Fundación de Amigos del Parque Nacional Santa Fé (FAPNSF), la Organización para el Desarrollo Sostenible y la Conservación Ambiental (ODESCA), y la Fundación para el Desarrollo Sustentable (Fudis) y celebrada en el Distrito De Santa Fé, Provincia De Veraguas, República De Panamá". Aquí està el reporte illustrado (PDF).

Panama 2. Rosabel Miró R., Directora Ejecutiva, Sociedad Audubon de Panamá, está escribiendo: "Comparto con ustedes las actividades realizadas en el Sitio Ramsar Bahía de Panamá, Ciudad de Panamá, para celebrar el Día Mundial de los Humedales. Con el tema 'Aguas arriba, aguas abajo, los humedales nos conectan a todos' en la mañana del martes 3 de febrero el Comité Nacional de Humedales, integrado por instituciones del gobierno y varias ONG, celebró el Día Mundial de los Humedales en el Centro de Visitantes de Panamá Viejo resaltando el papel que juegan las cuencas hidrográficas y el manejo de los humedales." Informe.

Paraguay. Carolina Pedrozo Silva, Punto Focal Ramsar, Centro de Datos para la Conservación, está escribiendo: “Queridos Amigos. Desde el Centro de Datos para la Conservacion no queremos dejar pasar esta fecha tan importante: 2 de febrero del 2009, "Dia Mundial de los Humedales", es por ello que compartmos con todos y cada uno de ustedes un pequeño mensaje. ¡ Feliz Dia de los Humedales para todos!"

Peru 1. Atilio Buendia, Con Ciencia - CIENTEC 2009, Lima, está escribiendo: "Estimados amigos, Envio saludos y a la vez invitarlos a participar en la celebracion del DIA MUNDIAL DE HUMEDALES, adjunto los borradores para su revision y futura participacion en el evento que se desarrollara en los Humedales de Puerto Viejo."

Peru 2. Kenny Caballero Marchan está escribiendo: "Mi nombre es Kenny Caballero, guardaparque de la Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca, Arequipa, Perú. En esta reserva natural tenemos 2 Sitios Ramsar y a la vez es el lugar en donde se acopia toda el agua para consumo de la Ciudad de Arequipa, por lo que vimos por conveniente reunir a todas la autoridades ambientales de la región y explicarles la importancia de los humedales en nuestras vidas, celebrando el Dia Mundial de los Humedales, por lo que les hago llegar el informe de la actividad realizada."

Perú 3. Coral Calvo Vargas, Asociación ANDES, Cusco, está escribiendo: “Previo un atento saludo, adjunto a la presente, un breve informe de las actividades desarrolladas con motivo de la celebración del día Mundial de los Humedales 2009, en el Humedal Lucre-Huacarpay de Cusco – Perú. Saludos cordiales.”

Philippines. Dr. Candido A. Cabrido, Jr. writes: "The Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. held an early event to celebrate this year's World Wetlands Day. The National Conference on Wetlands, Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity Conservation was held on 12 - 14 January 2009 in Silliman University, Dumaguete City to set the stage for the development of a national policy on wetlands, and a national strategy and action plan for the wise use of wetlands and wetland resouces, incorporating concerns on biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. It also aimed to initiate the updating of the National Wetlands Action Plan of the Philippines. More information about the event can be viewed at - http://www.psdn.org.ph/wetlands/2009wwd.htm."

Poland. Agnieszka Mielczarek writes: "Please find an attachment where you can find the Report of World Wetlands Day in Warta Mouth National Park."

Portugal. Anabela Santos, Departamento de Educação Ambiental, Almargem - Associação de defesa do património cultural e ambiental do Algarve, Loulé, writes: “Hi, I send the report for Associação Almargem - Portugal, for WWD2009. I hope it isn´t too late. Thanks.”

Romania 1. Pavel Vasilica, a teacher from Nifon Balasescu school, Tulcea, Romania, has sent this illustrated report on a WWD activity organised within the school with a focus on the "healthy life of water as a beginning for human health, by using posters and brief notes".

Romania 2. Liliana Ivancenco, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority- Tulcea /Romania,  Head of Department Environmental education, Information, writes: “Please find attached the report of Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority Romania on activities organised for the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2009.”

Samoa. In Samoa, a range of media awareness and promotions will take place over the weekend along with the raising of a special banner in central Apia.  On Monday there will be an upgrading and cleaning of Lake Lanotoo National Park, Samoa’s first designated Ramsar site.From the SPREP press release.

Senegal. Charles M. Beye, Information Officer, Wetlands International Africa, écrit: "Chers Collègues, partenaires, et sympathisans de Wetlands International. Ce communiqué vous est envoyé à l'occasion du 2 février, date de Célébration de la Journée mondiale des zones humides.Bonne réception."

Serbia. Jelena Ducic from the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning inSerbia sends this illustrated report on their WWD event.

Slovenia. Gordana Beltram, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, writes: "Please find attached the poster and a leaflet we published for the WWD. The Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning had a press conference at Škocjan Caves Ramsar Site (it is 10 years since listed!) introducing the poster and the leaflet which were sent to all the schools beforehand. We are now waiting for the schools to report back on their activities and we'll have a seminar for teachers most likely in April 2009. At the press conference the Minister was talking also about our priorities for wetland conservation and wise use. Additionally, there were the three directors of the Ramsar sites invited to present activities in their Ramsar sites in line with the slogan of this year's WWD.  Additionally, there were individual activities organised, such as a walk along the Mura River, a guided tour by BirdLife Slovenia-DOPPS in the Škocjan Bay, the largest brackish wetland on the Slovenian coast; several lectures were organised in different towns in Slovenia."

Slovenia/Austria. Stanka Dešnik, from the NGO Tabrih in Slovenia, writes "On Sunday, 1st February 2009, about 500 participants walked along the Mura River, a natural connection between Slovenia and Austria on the European Greenbelt, to support the protection of the river and its associated wetlands. Until around 1985-1989 this was a forbidden area for people living nearby and was reserved only for border guards. No activities were permitted - no walking, canoeing - not even building power plants was permitted! In the last 7 years Austria has revitalised river embankments on their side of the river in five areas, restoring nature friendly habitats to enrich the wetlands and the groundwater capacity. Now we are expecting, this revitalisation to start on the right side of the river in Slovenia. Unfortunately there are still hydropower planning processes taking place in both countries. NGO Tabrih started in the year 2000 with events on WWD to raise awareness of the inhabitants living near the river. The WWD action was extended in 2006, through the establishment of an international informal body with one goal: to protect the Mura river and its riparian wetlands through 4 countries through which it travels and leave the water in the river free-running in the last 100 km of this 444 km river. Upstream there are already 31 hydro power plants, and we think, that this river has given enough renewable energy for people!" More about the WWD event can be see here (in Slovenian). Poster in German and in Slovenian.

Spain 1. Doñana National Park has a special place in the history of environment activism, with WWF owing its origins to a fund set up to save the wetland vital to millions of migrating birds from 1950s proposals for extensive eucalyptus plantations. Scientists and philanthropists prominent in saving Doñana then went on to lobby governments for a framework to protect wetlands of international significance and the international Convention on Wetlands (the Ramsar Convention) was the result. At WWD celebrations there, the guest of honor was Dr Luc Hoffmann, a key figure in the original fight to save Doñana, a founder member of WWF and key lobbyist for the Ramsar Convention, and both Anada Tiéga, Ramsar Secretary General, and James Leape, Director General of WWF International, were on hand as well. Here is WWF's press release on the event.

Spain 2. Rafael Vega Pozuelo está escribiendo: "Tengo el placer de comunicarles las actividades de celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales y de la inauguración de la dotación interpretativa del Centro de Visitantes Laguna de Zóñar en los Humedales Ramsar "Lagunas del Sur de Córdoba" (Andalucía - España). Adjunto le remito la documentación necesaria para su publicación en los diferentes boletines."

Spain 3. Pere Tomas writes: "For your information, activities recently organised for WWD2009 at Albufera de Mallorca Ramsar site." PDF1. PDF2.

Spain 4. The Parque de la Bahía near Cadiz writes: "El Parque Metropolitano Marisma de los Toruños y Pinar de La Algaida celebró con sus visitantes el 7 de febrero el Día de los Humedales. Por segundo año consecutivo, los habitantes del área metropolitana acudieron al Parque participando en rutas y talleres al aire libre. En este día se refuerzan las actividades dedicadas al estudio y conocimiento del medio, propuesta que agradecen y disfrutan cada vez más los habitantes de la zona. Gracias a todos los que participaron, os esperamos el próximo año!"

Spain 5. Irenne Camós i Plana, Tècnic del Consorci de l'Estany, está escribiendo: “Ajunto enviamos una pequeña reseña de las actividades organizadas en Banyoles i comarca del Pla de l’Estany (Catalunya) los días 7 y 8 de febrero de 2009 con motivo del Día Mundial de los Humedales. Actividades organizadas conjuntamente entre el Consorci de l’Estany y Limnos, la asociación ecologista y naturalista del Pla de l'Estany. Adjuntamos también un pdf en Català y el cartel informativo de las actividades. Para qualquier aclaración estamos a su disposición.”

Spain 6. Ana Navarro Sequero, Dirección General de Patrimonio Natural y Biodiversidad, Murcia, está escribiendo: “Buenos días. En los ficheros adjuntos remito un breve texto sobre la celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales en el Parque Regional Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar de la Región de Murcia este 2009, para su información, publicación y divulgación si así lo estima conveniente. Un saludo.”  

Spain 7. Desde el Parque Natural del Marjal de Pego-Oliva (Comunidad Valenciana- España), se han llevado a cabo acciones destinados a sensibilizar al público sobre los valores y beneficios de los humedales en general y la Convención Ramsar en particular con su lema "Aguas arriba, aguas abajo" Así pues, hemos participado en la conmemoración del Día Mundial de los Humedales del presente 2009 con las siguientes actuaciones que detallamos a continuación.

Spain 8. Eloy Becares, Dept. Ecology, Faculty of Biology, University of Leon, writes: "Dear Dwight, Just for your information, attached you can find a journal note in a Spanish newspaper celebrating WWD. Link is also included. http://www.diariodeleon.es/noticias/noticia.asp?pkid=432447. Regards."

St Vincent and the Grenadines. Hayden Kevin K. Billingy, Superintendent of Rivers, Beaches and Recreation Sites of St. Vincent, West Indie,s writes "The National Parks, River and Beaches Authority in collaboration with the Forestry Department, Fisheries Division, Integrated Forest Management and Development Programme, Environmental Services Unit and the Central Water and Sewage Authority of St. Vincent and the Grenadines joins the Ramsar team  in celebrating  World Wetlands Day on the 2nd  February, 2009. While St. Vincent and the Grenadines is not a signatory to this convention, we think it is important to use this day to raise public awareness of wetlands ecology and other important environmental issues that affect us from a national and global perspective." More details of the planned events here (PDF)

South Africa. Shantall Ramatsui of the ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute in Queenswood, South Africa reports "On World Wetlands Day 2009 a group of learners, accompanied by researchers from ARC-ISCW and ARC-PPRI, were taken to Tshwane’s own wetland area. The Colbyn Valley Wetland, less than 10 km from the city centre, is important for its peatland. Read more about their WWD activities here (with pictures). (PDF)

Sudan. Effective World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2009, the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources of Sudan designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, both biodiversity-rich coastal areas in Red Sea State. Dongonab Bay-Marsa Waiai (280,000 hectares, 20°33'N 037°13’E) features an array of coral reefs, mangroves, off-shore islands, soft-bottom mud flats, sand beaches and hard bottom rocky shores in addition to salt-marshes, sabkha and khor basins. Suakin-Gulf of Agig (1,125,000 hectares, 18°34’N 038°05’E) encompasses, not only the sand flats, lagoons, sand shores and Tokar Delta along the coastline, but also the marine expanse of the Suakin Archipelago and its coral reefs.

Switzerland. A number of Ramsar staff spent Sunday, 1 February, in atrocious weather running the Ramsar stand for the Ramsar Secretariat at the annual WWD festivities organized by the State of Geneva beside Lake Geneva in the heart of the city, alongside many stands run by local and neighbouring French NGOs. Here's their illustrated report.

Trinidad and Tobago. Hema Singh, Education/Project Officer, Environment Tobago, writes: “Please find attached our report from activities done to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2009. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information. I will be forwarding some pictures soon.” Report. Flyer. Photos.

Tunisia. Faouzi Maamouri from WWF Tunisia notes that they have concentrated their efforts for WWD on getting information about the designation of new Ramsar sites to the media. Radio interviews were held with Radio Tunis International and Youth National Radio on 2/2/09, and National Tunis Radio, and the local radio stations of Gafsa and of KEF on 4/2/09. In addition, online news articles appeared in La Presse, Tunisia Online, All Africa.

UK 1. Jane Waghorn, Public Relations Officer at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in the UK writes "More than 2000 people played our exciting 'upstream, downstream' World Wetlands Day game at WWT centres throughout the month of February. The game took players through a week of 'choices' covering how to conserve or avoid adding pollutants to our water during usual everyday activities, with daily highest scorers winning either a bottle of Yali Wetland wine from Viña Ventisquero (over 18s) or a cuddly cygnet for our younger players. An overall lucky winner was picked at random and was the lucky winner of a two-night, bed and breakfast family stay at any Farm Stay property in 2009 courtesy NFU Mutual." Jane has kindly agreed to make this game available to everyone through these two attachments.

UK 2. Chris Hansen, Webmaster, NLLDC, writes that the New Lammas Lands Defence Committee’s second annual World Wetlands Day public walk around the Walthamstow Reservoirs was somewhat hampered by the weather but very enjoyable anyway. See the brief report at http://www.lammaslands.org.uk/wwd2009.html.

Ukraine. An illustrated WWD report from National Nature Park "Podilski Tovtry", Ukraine.

United Arab Emirates. Mohammed Abdul Rahman Hassan Abdulla, from the Marine Environment and Sanctuaries Unit of the Municipality of Dubai has sent this illustrated report on WWD in Dubai as well as this PowerPoint presentation showing, amongst other things, the translation of the Secretariat's comic strips into Arabic.

United States of America 1. William Mitsch, Director of the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at Ohio State University, writes: "The Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) had an open house all day to celebrate World Wetland Day Feb 2, 2009. Things were warm and inviting even on a cold icy day with hot cider, cookies, and most important, food and displays from 6 countries (Costa Rica, Spain, Korea, Sweden, China, and Estonia)." Here is a brief illustrated report.

United States of America2. Suzanne Pittenger-Slear, President of Environmental Concern, Chair of the US National Ramsar Committee and Ramsar NGO CEPA Focal Point (!), has helpfully collated brief WWD reports from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex, Wakarusa Wetlands and Wilma H Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, as well as describing the US National Ramsar Committee's networking for WWD. View the illustrated report here (PDF).

United States of America 3. James Choate writes: "On Monday, February 2, 2009, Stetson’s Environmental Law Society (ELS) and International Law Society (ILS) coordinated to celebrate World Wetlands Day at Stetson University College of Law.  With a growing environmentally-interested student body, we thought this day would be a great opportunity to spread the word about wetland conservation and the Ramsar Convention.  We were very pleased with attendance as over 50 students, faculty and staff joined us in a lunch-time event that included a special presentation from our own Prof. Royal C. Gardner. As President of Environmental Law Society at Stetson Law, I am always looking for opportunities to educate our students about worthy environmental causes.  Florida houses a wide array of valuable wetlands which includes one of the most delicate natural resources of the U.S., the Everglades.  Educating our future lawyers about the protection and value of these delicate natural resources is vital to the prolonged protection and preservation of such wetlands. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas, advice or guidance as to how Stetson’s Environmental Law Society may further the mission of the Ramsar Convention."

Uruguay. Ing. Carlos Mikolic, Coordinador del Equipo Técnico de Educación Ambiental, está escribiendo: "Por este medio informamos a ustedes la actividad llevada a cabo por nuestro Equipo Técnico de Educación Ambiental dependiente del Departamento de Desarrollo Ambiental de la Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo (IMM), con motivo de la celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales." Informe.

Venezuela. Marialejandra Faria and Beatriz Este from the NGOFundacion ECOJUSTICIA in Isla de Margarita, Venezuela work with the schools of Margarita Island and they send this report (PDF) about their activities for World Wetlands Week.

Zambia. Smart Mandolo, Conservation Club Head, in Kabwe, writes: “The commemoration of World Wetland was quite unique and so exciting because students and local communities were invited for the celebration. Students came from various schools and the local people also came from different communities. Altogether we were sixty (60). We used the same theme "upstream-Downstream": Wetlands connect us all. Awareness campaign on importance of wetlands was done as well as quiz were conducted. We appreciate so much to be in touch with you and we are requesting you to remember us in sending publications pertaining importance of wetlands.”

Zimbabwe. Dorothy Wakeling writes: “Herewith a contribution from Zimbabwe from COSMO - Conservation Society of Monavale - hosts of this years WWD commemorations, held on Monavale Vlei, Harare.”



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