The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 6 July 2011

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RRC-EA publishes three documents on wetlands

The Ramsar Regional Center - East Asia (RRC-EA) informed the Ramsar Secretariat that they have produced three documents for the public on the Changwon Declaration (download PDF here), wetlands and culture (download PDF here), and rice paddies (PDF available here).

The goal of the RRC-EA is to enhance the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the East and South-east Asia region through training, research, advocacy and public awareness programmes. [28/06/11]

Norway designates 14 new Ramsar Sites

The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Government of Norway has designated 14 new Wetlands of International Importance. Norway now has 51 sites on the Ramsar List, totaling 838,127 hectares. More [24/06/11]

Conserving mangrove forests in the Pacific

The meeting of the national coordinators of the IUCN Mangroves Ecosystem for Climate Change and Livelihoods (MESCAL) project took place from 6-8 June 2011 at the offices of IUCN Oceania in Fiji.The MESCAL project focuses on activities in 5 Pacific Island Countries (Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa) to address key challenges to mangrove management and conservation. More [23/06/11]

Second Meeting of the Regional Initiative for the Conservation and Wise Use of Mangroves and Coral Reefs in the Americas

The 2nd Meeting of the Regional Initiative for the Conservation and Wise Use of Mangroves and Corals, organised by the Ecuadorian and Mexican Governments in coordination with the Ramsar Secretariat, took place from 14 to 16 June in Guayaquil, Ecuador. More | Español [21/06/11]

Mozambique designates a part of the eighth largest lake in the world as its 2nd Ramsar Site

Lake Niassa and its Coastal Zone (Lago Niassa e Zona Costeira) is located in the Niassa Province in Mozambique (1,363,700 ha; 12º30’S 034º51’E). Lake Niassa is an important resource for the country and is part of Africa’s third largest lake – the other two parts being in Malawi (where the lake is referred to as Lake Malawi) and in Tanzania (where it is known as Lake Nyasa). As one of the African Rift Valley great lakes, it is also part of the Miombo Woodlands ecoregion. More [10/06/11].

Celebrations for the listing of Viet Nam’s 3rd Ramsar Site

On 5 June 2011, a ceremony was held in Bac Kan Provincial town, Viet Nam for the listing of Ba Be National Park as the country’s 3rd Ramsar Site. The event was organised as part of the celebrations for World Environmental Day and the International Year of Forest 2011. More [08/06/11]

Workshop on wetlands and the Ramsar Convention in West Asia

The ‘Workshop on Wetlands and the Ramsar Convention in West Asia’ was held in the Emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates from 23 to 26 May 2011 with the aim of sharing case studies, training, and best practices in order to identify ways to improve the conservation of wetlands and implementation of the Ramsar Conservation in West Asia. More [07/06/11]

Mangroves to receive huge boost from new carbon credit rules

Coastal mangroves have recently become increasingly recognized as playing a major role in mitigating climate change through trapping and storing large amounts of carbon, both above and below the ground, yet mangroves continue to be destroyed around the world. A new methodology for calculating mangrove carbon storage, prepared through the “Danone Fund for Nature (DFN)” partnership between the Danone Group, IUCN and the Ramsar Convention, has now been adopted under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Kyoto Protocol.

This will encourage large-scale restoration of degraded mangrove systems, which in addition to storing carbon provide a hugely valuable range of other benefits to people and nature. “It is very encouraging indeed to see this new methodology come into place, as part of better understanding that many wetlands, and not just forests, are vital carbon stores”, says Prof Nick Davidson, Ramsar’s Deputy Secretary General. For further information see IUCN’s press release here. [06/06/11]

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