The Ramsar News Archive, 17 October 2011

17/10/2011

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New Book: Culture and wetlands in the Mediterranean: an evolving story

This book is the result of a four-year research project (2007-2011) about the implementation in the Mediterranean Region of the Ramsar Guidance on Culture and Wetlands. It was carried out by Med-INA, the Mediterranean Institute on Nature and Anthropos, with the financial support of the MAVA Foundation. More. [05/10/2011]

World Wetlands Day 2012: Wetlands and Tourism

The World Wetlands Day theme for 2012 is Wetlands and Tourism and is linked to the theme for the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties, COP11: Wetlands, Tourism and Recreation, which will take place in July 2012, in Bucharest, Romania.

Wetland tourism has benefits both locally and nationally for people and wildlife – benefits such as stronger economies, sustainable livelihoods, healthy people and thriving ecosystems. At least 35% of Ramsar Sites around the world record some level of tourism activity and this percentage is consistent throughout all regions. Of course it is important to consider tourism in all wetlands – not just those designated as Ramsar Sites – since the Contracting Parties to the Convention are committed to managing all wetlands. Read More about wetlands and tourism.

Look here for the World Wetlands Day package of materials. [04/10/2011]


This week: Ramsar African Regional Preparatory Meeting, 3-8 October, 2011 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The African Regional Preparatory Meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso is this week, 3-8 October 2011. An updated programme and side events agenda are posted.  The meeting will address major themes that influence the way we will have to work to manage and use wetland ecosystems during the coming years. There will also be an African Dialogue on wetlands governance and valuation of wetlands services. The purpose is to promote good governance and enhance wetlands services in Africa through a regional consultation. This will also include a workshop for journalists. More.  [03/11/2011]


Ramsar 40th Anniversary Accomplishments in Belarus

Information on the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus is posted. According to the Plan of Activities for the participation in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands approved by V.N. Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, as of January 6, 2011 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and other stakeholders have accomplished significant practical, educational and informational activities within the first six months of 2011. Read More in this PDF report. [28/09/2011]


World Tourism Day, 2011

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is celebrating World Tourism Day on September 27, and Ramsar is celebrating with UNWTO and the world. For 2011, the UNWTO theme is Tourism and Culture, and tourism’s role in linking together the cultures of the world through travel. This year’s World Tourism Day is related to the theme for World Wetlands Day February 2, 2012: Wetlands and Tourism and is linked as well to the broader theme for COP11: Wetlands, Tourism and Recreation. More. [26/09/2011]


World Rivers Day, 2011

World Rivers Day is a global celebration of the world's waterways, marked every last Sunday of September.  For World Rivers Day, 2011 Ramsar would like to share with you four photos of rivers (wetlands along rivers and streams are called riverine wetlands), as well as an IUCN Video message about rivers. More. [22/09/2011]


Republic of Korea names rich tidal flats Ramsar Site

The Secretariat is very pleased to announce that the Republic of Korea has designated its 17th Wetland of International Importance, called "Jeungdo Tidal Flat" (3,130 hectares, 34°58'30"N 126°10'16"E), a Wetland Protected Area that is also part of the Shinan Dadohae UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As described by Ramsar's Saber Masoomi, based upon the Ramsar Information Sheet, the rich ecology and biodiversity of the tidal flats surrounding islands in the southwest of the country provide spawning ground for fish and contribute to macro benthic animal diversity. Read more. [22/09/11]


The Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention joins forces for the implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Demonstrating the continued and growing collaboration on the biodiversity and water agendas, Anada Tiéga, Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, paid a visit to the seat of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal. During his visit, Mr Tiéga, addressed CBD staff and commented on the interrelationship between biodiversity, water and wetland issues. More. [22/09/2011]


European Space Agency and GlobWetland-II

On 22-23 September, 2011, the Ramsar Secretariat is hosting a progress meeting of the European Space Agency’s “GlobWetland-II” project team. This project is developing remote sensing products and in-country capacity-building for handling earth observation data for a number of Mediterranean Ramsar Parties, focusing on North Africa and the Middle East, and in close collaboration with the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory led by Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat. More.  [22/09/2011]


This week: 7th European Ramsar Meeting 27-30 September: Trnava, Slovakia

The Slovak Ministry of the Environment and State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic is hosting the 7th European Ramsar Meeting 27-30 September at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Trnava, Slovakia.  Read More  [26/09/11]


 Ramsar African Regional Preparatory Meeting, 3-8 October, 2011 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce that registration for the African Regional Preparatory Meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 3-8 October 2011 is now open and an updated programme and side events agenda are posted.  The meeting will address major themes that influence the way we will have to work to manage and use wetland ecosystems during the coming years. There will also be an African Dialogue on wetlands governance and valuation of wetlands services. The purpose is to promote good governance and enhance wetlands services in Africa through a regional consultation. This will also include a workshop for journalists. More.  [06/09/2011]


Sambhar Master Plan

Sambhar (pop. 22,000) is located in Rajasthan 65km from Jaipur, and is a town of great cultural significance. It also lies directly on the banks of Sambhar Lake, the largest salt lake in India and designated Ramsar Site due to its significance as a bird habitat and unique ecological characteristics. The master plan used the Ramsar Guidance Document on Culture and Wetlands as a basis for creating policy and a management plan that valued both the ecological and cultural characteristics of Sambhar Lake and the town of Sambhar. More. [21/09/2011]


Sharing experience on wetland management in the Lower Mekong River Basin

In March 2011, the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues organized a workshop in Vientiane, Lao PDR that brought together government officials, Ramsar Site managers, NGOs and relevant experts from the Lower Mekong River Basin, to share experience concerning the wise use of wetlands in the region. The result of the meeting was reported early in the ‘Ramsar Bulletin Board’.  Link here.  The report from the workshop which was co-authored by IUCN and the Ramsar secretariat, has now been published and can be downloaded in full. More. [15/09/2011]


Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia News

From 22-27 August, 2011, the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA), hosted their 3rd Steering Committee Meeting, the 3rd Changwon Declaration Network (CDN) Meeting and participants also attended the Sangju Rice Paddy Symposium. The RRC – EA Steering Committee heard reports on the activities of the RRC-EA in 2010, and discussed the work plan for 2012, including the upcoming 2012 Wetland Fund projects. During the CDN Meeting the group discussed the development of an implementation plan for the Changwon Declaration and its implementation at the local, national and international levels.  More. [08/09/2011]


Ramsar’s 40th anniversary at Stockholm World Water Week, 21-27 August, 2011, Stockholm, Sweden

For 40 years, the Ramsar Convention has played a vital role in the world’s efforts to conserve and make sustainable use of wetlands. Because many of the problems faced by wetlands are ultimately associated with water use, the convention has addressed many issues relevant to water planning and management. As the human population continues to grow, water use also increases, and urbanisation continues to threaten wetlands. Finding a balance in this scenario is critical. More. [18/08/2011]


SPREP Report from Oceania: 14th Meeting of the Pacific Islands Nature Conservation Roundtable

The 14th meeting of the Roundtable took place 25-29 July, 2011 in Suva, Fiji with the theme of “Nature’s role in the Green/Blue Economy” so as to align with the regional preparations for Rio+20. Over the duration of the meeting, there was a good variety of presenters with very interesting perspectives on the green/blue economy. The Roundtable has a number of working groups, which provide a forum for members to identify gaps in the Action Strategy for Nature Conservation in the Pacific Islands, and develop collaborative activities to achieve Strategy objectives.  More. [12/09/2011]
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