The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 3 June 2011

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3 new Ramsar Sites in Algeria for World Environment Day

The Ramsar Secretariat is delighted to announce that the Government of Algeria has designated three new Wetlands of International Importance on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED). With these new designations, the Algerian Government renews its commitment to ensure the conservation and wise use of its Ramsar Sites so as to maintain the full range of benefits that wetlands can provide for people (e.g., livelihoods, health, culture) and the environment (e.g., in supporting biodiversity). Algeria now has 50 sites on the Ramsar List, totaling 2,991,013 hectares. A full description of the three new Ramsar Sites is accessible here.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Ramsar Secretariat encourages other Contracting Parties to develop and maintain the Ramsar List as the largest network of protected areas in the world. Read more [03/06/11]



First Wetland Managers Training Programme of the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia in Chittagong, Bangladesh

The third Wetland Managers Training programme, and the first local language programme outside of Korea, was held from 20 to 23 April in the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) - a free trade zone managed by the YOUNGONE Group located in Chittagong Bangladesh. The Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) and Bangladesh POUSH, along with YOUNGONE Corp., hosted this meeting and supported 50 (40 from within Bangladesh and 10 international) participants. More [26/05/11]


Message by SG Anada Tiéga on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2011

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands joins in worldwide celebrations every 22 May of the International Day for Biological Diversity – fittingly, because the goals and values of our convention correspond well with those of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its many partners around the world, and the main focus of our work, the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources, is firmly fixed upon the importance of wetlands for the planet’s biodiversity and human welfare. More [20/05/11]



New Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between IOPs and the Convention Secretariat

The Convention’s relationships with its 5 International Organization Partners (IOPs) were strengthened through the signing of a new Memorandum of Cooperation for 2011-2017 yesterday during a session of the Standing Committee meeting. More [20/05/11]


Ramsar reception to celebrate international and national partnerships on the occasion of the Convention’s 40th Anniversary

The Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations Office in Geneva and the Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention hosted an official reception last night. On the occasion of the Convention’s 40th Anniversary, guests including Federal, Canton and local authorities, the Geneva international community, regional representatives on Ramsar’s Standing Committee, Ramsar’s international organisation partners, and friends of the Convention gathered at the Natural History Museum of the City of Geneva. More [20/05/11]


16 - 20 May: Standing Committee meeting in Gland, Switzerland

The 42nd meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is taking place this week in Gland, Switzerland. Around 85 delegates from 49 countries gathered this afternoon to listen to the opening statements made during the Plenary Session. More [17/05/11]


Final stage of the preparation of the 2nd Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters in the Pan-UNECE region

The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention) is currently implementing the Second Assessment of Transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters in the UNECE Pan-European region which will be presented at the 7th Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” in Astana, Kazakhstan from 21-23 September 2011. More [16/05/11]


Study visit by Pakistani delegation to Lake Parishan and Uromia Satellite Wetlands, I.R of Iran, 25-29 April 2011

Based on the request of the Pakistan Wetlands Programme and WWF Pakistan, the Ramsar Regional Center for Central and West Asia (RRC-CWA) in cooperation with UNDP/ GEF Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project (CIWP) organized a study tour to Parishan Lake Ramsar Site and Urmia Lake Ramsar Site in Iran for a group of eight high ranking government officials and representatives from Pakistan. More [13/05/11]


A report on the water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins workshop organized by UNECE in Geneva, 12-13 April 2011

An estimated 100 participants, including representatives from many United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and non-UNECE countries and UNECE organization partners came together in Geneva for the "2nd Workshop on Water and Adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins: challenges, progress and lessons learned" in the framework of the UNECE Water Convention. More [12/05/11]


CICOS publishes an action plan presenting the typology of Ramsar Sites in the Congo Basin

In the framework of a roundtable that will take place on 22 June 2011, the Commission Internationale du Bassin Congo-Oubangui-Sangha (CICOS), with whom the Ramsar Convention signed a MoC in 2006, publishes the Basin Strategic Action Plan (see PDF in French here) for the Integrated Management of Water Resource in the Congo Basin: Sustainable Integrated Management of Wetlands. The 135-page document describes CICOS interventions and includes the typology of wetlands, the Ramsar Sites, the major strengths and weaknesses of wetlands management as well as opportunities for integrated wetlands management.

For more information, please contact: Paul Ouedraogo, SRA Africa, Ramsar Convention at ouedraogo@ramsar.org or Madouka Gilbert, Senior Expert Fishing CICOS, gmadouka2005@yahoo.fr

CICOS publie un plan d’action qui présente la typologie des Sites Ramsar dans le bassin du Congo.

La Commission Internationale du Bassin du Congo-Oubangui-Sangha (CICOS), avec laquelle la Convention de Ramsar a signé un MoC en 2006, publie un plan d’action stratégique sur la gestion des ressources en eau du bassin du Congo dans le cadre d’une table ronde des partenaires de la CICOS prévue le 22 juin 2011. Ce document de 135 pages (voir PDF) sera discuté dans le cadre présente la zone d’intervention de la CICOS : la typologie des zones humides, les Sites Ramsar, les principaux points forts et points faibles de la gestion des zones humides et les opportunités en matière de gestion intégrée des zones humides.


Exhibition - underwater photographs by Michel Roggo in UAE

The Emirates Wildlife Society - WWF UAE in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy and the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi organised two photo exhibitions in April in the United Arab Emirates to celebrate Ramsar's 40th anniversary, the designation of Wadi Wurayah as a Ramsar Site, and wetland conservation in general. (See the invitation to the event)

Taken by Swiss photographer Michel Roggo, the photo exhibition showcases the beauty of Wadi Wurayah and Wadi Shawka as well as some of the dunes of Rubʼ al Khali and the mangroves of Khor Kalba and draws attention to conservation efforts to protect one of the last permanent freshwater wadis of the country. The Swiss Embassy hopes to bring this exhibition to Switzerland soon - maybe even to Gland. [03/05/11]

 More on the exhibition, the photographer and his photos.


Wetland wilderness values in Estonia

On 18-20 April 2011, the Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF) organised an international conference on “Mires and Wilderness” in the historical university town of Tartu. The meeting brought together more than 100 mire experts and students from Estonia and beyond. More [29/04/11]


Blue and Gold Macaws returned to the Nariva Wetlands Ramsar Site, Trinidad & Tobago

The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust has released 10 Blue & Gold Macaws (Ara ararauna, anendangered species in Trinidad & Tobago) into their natural home, the Nariva Wetlands Ramsar Site, to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Trust this year. More [26/04/11]


Republic of Korea names two Wetland Conservation Areas

The Republic of Korea, which has joined the Ramsar Convention in 1997, has presently 16 Wetlands of International Importance with a total surface area of 14,547 hectares. Read more [21/04/11]


Dominican Republic names a wildlife refuge

The Dominican Republic, which joined the Convention in 2002, designates the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Laguna Cabral o Rincón (4,600 ha; 18°16’N 071°15’W) as its second Wetland of International Importance. This Ramsar Site located in Barahona and Independencia includes a freshwater lagoon, permanent and stationary rivers and inundated agricultural areas within the Laguna Cabral o Rincon Wildlife Refuge. More | Español [19/04/11] 


The Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia supported the Asian Wetland Management Forum

From the 17-19 of March 2011, the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA-Honorary Director Dr Gea Jae Joo), in conjunction with the Ramsar Center Japan (RCJ), Wetlands International China (WI China), Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) and Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) supported the Asian Wetland Management Forum which was held at the Rainforest Development Center in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. More [18/04/11]


Wetlands Management moving forwards in the Lower Mekong Region

With the accession of Lao PDR to the Ramsar Convention in 2010, all the countries of the Lower Mekong River Basin are now Contracting Parties to the Convention. In order to assist the Lao government to implement the Convention, the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, together with additional support from the Ramsar Secretariat, organised a workshop from 21 - 25 March 2011 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. More [11/04/11]


Romania names a natural park

Iron Gates Natural Park (115 666 ha; N 44°41’ E 21°56’) is located in Caras Severin and Mehedinti Counties and is listed as a Natural Park. The site is situated in South West Romania. It is a potential Transboundary Ramsar Site of outstanding beauty bordering the Republic of Serbia along the course of the Danube river.It is mostly covered by forest that is interspersed with streams and freshwater pools. More [07/04/11]

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