The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 30 November 2012

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Students in tourism business visit Mai Po Nature Reserve - Hong Kong in the Year of Wetland Tourism for Ramsar

Report by Mathew Cheng, Centre Manager - Mai Po Nature Reserve, WWF-Hong Kong.

To celebrate the Year of Wetland and Tourism for Ramsar WWF-Hong Kong (WWF-HK) co-organised with the Macau’s Institute a site visit for students to experience first-hand how a sustainably-managed wetland can accommodate visitors while at the same time pursuing the goals of conservation. Early November, over 60 students from the Institute for Tourism Studies of Macau visited Mai Po Nature Reserve (MPNR). MPNR is part of the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site located in the North West New Territories of Hong Kong. Major in tourism business management and heritage management, the students took a guided tour in the nature reserve to learn more about sustainable tourism practices. More [29/11/12]

Policy Brief on the future of mangroves available online

This Policy Brief on "Securing the Future of Mangroves", prepared by The United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and jointly funded by UNU-INWEH, UNESCO-MAB and the Spanish Government, provides managers with lessons learned on the conservation and management of mangroves, and recommends policy measures that could be taken in order to protect them. Access here the Policy Brief launched at CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad, India last October. [28/11/12]

Tune in: SG Anada Tiéga at COP18 UN Climate Change Conference 2012

United Nations Climate Change Conference (26/11/12) - Watch an interview with Anada Tiéga, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, explaining it is important to acknowledge the importance of wetlands because "it is through water that we feel the most immediate consequences of climate change – from drought on the one side to flooding on the other." Watch the interview here. [27/11/12]

Viet Nam's fifth Ramsar Site

The government of Viet Nam has named the Mui Ca Mau National Park (41,862 hectares, 08°41'00"N 104°47'32"E) as its fifth Wetland of International Importance. The new site, already a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2009, is situated at the southernmost tip of the country and supports the largest remaining area of mangrove forests and intertidal mudflats in the biogeographic region. Read more. [27/11/2012]

The Ramsar Convention is seeking to appoint a new Secretary General

The position is currently occupied by Mr Tiéga Anada, whose contract finishes in July 2013. 

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, provides administrative services for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. More information and online application for this post are available on the IUCN website at:

Applications are invited from all interested and suitably qualified persons. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2013.

Note: A candidate should SUBMIT HIS/HER APPLICATION ONLINE, USING THE LINK ABOVE. No other method of application will be considered. [21/11/12]

A boost to the Ramsar Small Grants Fund: Norway funds 6 projects!

A generous 2012 contribution from the Government of Norway will fund three Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) projects in Belize, Ghana and Uganda, simultaneously supporting wetland conservation goals and development goals. This follows Norway’s 2011 support for SGF projects in Belarus, Georgia (see mission report here) and Moldova. 

The Ramsar Secretariat strongly encourages other donors to follow the example of the Norwegian Government and donate to sustain this precious on-the-ground wetland grants programme.

Interested in following Norway’s example? Read our 2010 and 2011 Project portfolios and be inspired. Select a project, or a few projects, that you want to fund, or know more about, and let us know ( We welcome specific project donations as well as general contributions to the Fund, so please do what you can. Our wetlands need your help!

 Who's Where?

The Americas team Maria Rivera and Nury Furlan, are attending the IX meeting of the High Andean Regional Initiative, hosted by the Chilean Ministries of Environment and Foreign Affairs in Santiago de Chile and San Pedro de Atacama from 18-24 November. Then Maria Rivera will attend a meeting on coastal wetlands with the Ministry of the Environment and the private sector in Valparaiso from 25 to 26 November. She will then attend the 3rd meeting of La Plata River Basin Regional Initiative organised by the Uruguayan Ministry of the Environment in Montevideo from 3 to 6 December. [19/11/12]

For more old Ramsar Secretariat travel news, see also 'Who Was Where', 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 , 2012

Yesterday's News

CREHO is seeking a new Executive Director

The Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere (CREHO), located in Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge), Panama City, created by an agreement between the Government of Panama and the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on 28 February 2003 during the twenty-ninth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention, is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director. Application deadline: 13 December 2012. Click here for more details. [21/11/12]

» Español: haga clic aquí para más detalles.

International Wetland Symposium, Nepal

The ‘International Wetland Symposium 2012’ was held in Pokhara, Nepal from 7 to 10 November 2012, organised by the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation and the UNDP/GEF project ‘Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands in Nepal’.

Some 80 participants from 13 countries attended the event, including representatives from governments, UN agencies, international, regional and national wetland projects, organisations and educational institutions. More [20/11/12]

Ramsar Advisory Mission to Pakistan

From 29 October to 5 November 2012, a Ramsar Advisory Mission was organised to the middle stretches of the Indus River to provide advice on how the Ramsar Sites that lie along the main river and the adjacent floodplains could be restored and managed to increase their flood water storage capacity as a response to the devastating floods that took place in August 2010. More [19/11/12]

COP11 Proceedings available

The Proceedings of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (Bucharest, July 2012) are now available on CD-ROM in English, French, and Spanish. Each CD includes the Resolutions, Conference Report, Participants Lists, Information Documents, National Reports, Photos, and more, in all three Ramsar languages. To obtain a COP11 CD free of charge, please contact Ramsar’s Montse Riera ( and specify your postal address clearly. [16/11/2012]

Caspian countries come together to discuss protection of the Caspian Sea, Turkmenbashy, Turkmenistan

On 5 and 6 November 2012, the Caspian Ecological Forum, hosted by Tukmenistan’s Ministry of Nature Protection, was held along the shores of the Caspian Sea in the Avaza national tourist zone, not far from the Turmenbashy Bay Ramsar Site. More [15/11/12]

SG Anada Tiéga visits Chilika Lake in India

From 19 October to 22 October 2012, SG Anada Tiéga paid a visit to Chilika Lake, together with Dr Ganesh Pangare, Head, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group, Asia-IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Dr Lalita Rammont, Programme Manager, IUCN Asia Regional Office. This is the first-ever visit of a Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention to India. More [15/11/12]

The Ramsar Convention Secretariat associates with mourning of Angela Cropper

In the name of the Ramsar community, Secretary General Anada Tiéga extends heartfelt condolences to Ms Cropper’s family and friends: “Ms Cropper was a pioneer in the field of conservation and biodiversity, and I am lucky to have known her for many years, since her time at IUCN when I was working for that organization myself, in West Africa. She inspired enthusiasm and commitment in many people with her vision of conservation linked to sustainable development and equity. She was a remarkable person and will be fondly remembered by all within the Ramsar family who had the chance to meet her.” [14/11/12]

Rice paddy wetland meeting in Sangju, Korea

The 2012 International Symposium for the Conservation of Gonggeomji and Rice Paddies, Sangju was held from 12 to 15 September. More than 26 attendants from 6 countries were present, as well as members of the local community including rice farmers from Gonggeomji. The meeting was hosted by Pusan National University and the Ramsar Regional Centre – East Asia for the purpose of evaluation of management plan for Gonggeomji and its possible designation as a Ramsar Site. More [14/11/12]

Briefing Notes available in translation

The Convention’s Scientific and Technical Briefing Notes 2 (Wetlands and water storage: current and future trends and issues, Mike Acreman) and 4 (The benefits of wetland restoration, Sasha Alexander and Rob McInnes) are newly available in French and Spanish as well as English. They can be found here (French) and here (Spanish). [11/11/2012]

Executive Summer School on Global Environmental Policy organised by the Global Environmental Policy Programme in September 2013

To address the complexity of global environmental issues, the University of Geneva and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have developed a transdisciplinary programme that is aimed to improve policy- and decision-making. The Executive Summer School aims to bring together 30 selected participants with diverse origins and professional backgrounds. The main objective of the Executive Summer School is to provide professionals with a broad training programme in order to bridge the common gap between scientific knowledge and professional expertise related to core environmental themes.

For more information about the tuition fee and admission criteria click here. [07/11/12]

Forum Wetlands for Livelihoods, 8-12 July 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda

UNESCO-IHE and its partners are planning the “Wetlands for Livelihoods Forum” in Rwanda, 8-12 July 2013 to discuss the current challenges and solutions to wetland management and pave a way forward, both regionally and further afield. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat is part of the organising committee composed of:

Nzula Kitaka (EAWA, Kenya)
Paul Mafabi (Ramsar Regional Centre for Africa, Uganda)
Amel Azab (NBCBN, Egypt)
Rose Mukankomeje (REMA, Rwanda)
Paul Ouédraogo (Ramsar Secretariat Africa Desk, Switzerland)
Ingrid Gevers (CDI-WUR, Netherlands)
Ken Irvine (UNESCO-IHE)
Wim Douven (UNESCO-IHE)
Anne van Dam (UNESCO-IHE)

Click here for more information [PDF]. A more detailed brochure and a dedicated website will be available soon. Reported by Paul Ouédraogo, Senior Regional Advisor for Africa [01/11/2012]

New Assistant Advisor for Europe

After two years in the post of Assistant Advisor for Europe, Kati Wenzel is leaving Ramsar to work at the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. The Secretariat is pleased to introduce Laura Máiz-Tomé from Spain who is taking over from Kati. Laura has an interdisciplinary background in environmental social sciences. She graduated in Politics from Keele University in 2009, where she focused on the field of environmental policy. Laura has a Master in Management of Natural Protected Areas from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Master of Science in Environmental Assessment and Management from the University of East Anglia. For the first six months of 2012, Laura worked as an intern in the IUCN EURO Office in Brussels. Laura has also had a traineeship in the Observatory of Global Change in Sierra Nevada National Park (Spain). And right before taking up her post at Ramsar, Laura has had a three-month internship in the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park.

We wish Kati every success in her future career and welcome Laura to Gland. [31/10/12]

Rio Conventions Pavilion TV, CBD COP11 (18/10/2012) – Watch the interview with Anada Tiéga, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, explaining the importance of protecting wetlands and why it must be done multilaterally. "Tiéga affirms that when healthy, wetlands improve human health, agriculture, food security, energy production and tourism. He also emphasises that a long term, multilateral approach to wetland conservation is essential." Click here to watch the interview. [25/10/12]

Notification of call for the nomination of candidates to serve as Chairperson and members of the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) for the 2013-2015 triennium

The Ramsar Secretariat has today issued the call for nominations for the Chairperson and members of the STRP for the next triennium. Under the terms of the STRP modus operandi, nominations can be made by representatives of the Convention’s national Administrative Authority, STRP National Focal Points, and the current members, invited experts and observer organization representatives of the STRP. The deadline for submission of nominations is 30 November 2012. The full text of the call for nominations, a guidance note for nominators and nominees, and the forms to be completed by a nominator and nominee are available on the STRP pages here. [24/10/2012]

Vacancy at the Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat

The East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) is seeking a Science Officer who will be working at the Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Applications should be sent by no later than 6:00 pm (Seoul time) on Friday 16 November 2012. Click here for more details [24/10/12]

Small Grants Fund Project: “Effective Management of Ramsar Sites in Turkey”

The project conducted by Doga Dernegi (Birdlife Turkey) set out to explore the existing wetland management structures in Turkey by arranging several meetings with different stakeholders involved in these processes. The results of these consultations were applied to the case of Ramsar Site Kizilirmak Delta which served as a pilot site. In additional discussions with key decision makers and other stakeholders, all parties agreed that the establishment of a technical commission (also comprising farmers and other land users) in addition to the already existing local Wetland Commission would be beneficial. More [23/10/2012]

New interactive maps on the Ramsar Sites Information Service (RSIS)

Are you looking for a map of Contracting Parties showing the number of Ramsar Sites per country for a PowerPoint presentation or a report? A user-friendly tool, available on the RSIS since January 2012, helps you to build maps according to your needs.

New options have recently been added: visit the new version of the dynamic maps now! Data export is made easy in jpeg or png formats, new data available (Ramsar criteria, wetland types), different colours available and more categories can now be displayed: you can now easily customize your maps! [22/10/2012] - By Alexia Dufour, Regional Affairs Officer

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