The Ramsar Bulletin Board, March 2014

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Japan supports Albanian Ramsar Site stakeholders

Albania joined the Ramsar Convention soon after its political opening in 1995 and designated its largest coastal lagoon, the Karavasta lagoon, as a Ramsar Site. Nearly twenty years later, the Adriatic and Ionian Sea coasts have seen an impressive growth in urbanisation, but the ecosystem of the Karavasta lagoon and its surroundings has been preserved and is increasingly managed in a sustainable way.

Thanks to the support by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the conservation of the Divjaka-Karavasta National Park, local authorities and stakeholders are increasingly working together for the sustainable management of the area. On 5 March 2014, JICA organised in the capital Tirana a seminar on the sustainable use of the Karavasta Lagoon Ramsar Site with the participation of the local government and stakeholders. Read more [31/03/14]


Standing Committee Meeting 47 taking place in Gland, Switzerland

The 47th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is taking place this week at the Ramsar Secretariat headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. The Standing Committee is the decision-making body between the Meetings of the Conference of the Parties.

This week, the members of the Standing Committee will discuss, among other topics, preparations for the 12th Conference of the Parties taking place in 2015. An update on the Memorandum of Understanding with Uruguay will be shared, as well as draft resolutions to be debated at the COP, including one on “Wetlands and disaster risk reduction” submitted by the Philippines.

Agenda and papers [24/03/14]


Developing a wetland city accreditation scheme

Urban and peri-urban wetlands are increasingly recognized for the range of benefits they provide to people and the environment. Resolution XI.11, adopted during the Ramsar Conference of the Parties in 2012 (COP11), encouraged the Parties to explore a possible wetland city accreditation schemeto provide branding opportunities for settlements that demonstrate a strong and positive relationship with wetlands.

Initial discussions on the development of the scheme were held during a workshop kindly hosted by  the Republic of Korea from 24 to 25 February 2014 on the island of Jeju. Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Environment and the National Wetland Centre of the Republic of Korea and NGOs. Participants also came from two villages by the Upo Wetland and Dongbaekdongsan Ramsar Sites where the National Wetland Centre has already initiated a pilot village accreditation scheme. Overseas participants included representatives from the Ministry of Environment (Government of Japan), United Nations University (Japan), WWF Tunisia, Ramsar STRP and the Ramsar Secretariat. Read more [22/03/14]


Statement by Christopher Briggs for World Water Day

We join with UN Water in celebrating World Water Day with its focus on water and energy.  At the Ramsar Convention we have just celebrated our World Wetlands Day looking at wetlands and agriculture so our themes have much common ground. Wetlands – lakes, rivers, marshes, ponds etc – are the world’s water producers, and transporters, storing and moving it for multiple uses such as agriculture, energy production, for use in our homes and so on. The broad range of services from wetlands supports us all in one way or another. Read more [21/03/14]


Small Grants Fund Project to promote wetlands education and awareness in Kenya completed

The National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service have completed a project aimed at producing communications, education, participation and awareness (CEPA) materials on Ramsar Sites in Kenya.
 
Materials produced under the project included a video documentary, a poster and a brochure. Over one thousand copies of each material were distributed all over the country. Read more [19/03/14] 


New publication from Sydney Olympic Park on managing urban wetlands

With more than 10 years experience in  wetland education and training in the management of freshwater and estuarine wetlands in urban areas, the Sydney Olympic Park Authority has recently published WET eBook: Workbook for Managing Urban Wetlands in Australia. This is a useful collection of hands-on information and experience for wetland people directly involved in managing wetlands that will also be of interest for students and beginners in wetlands management.

Organized in five sections, People, Politics and Wetlands;Freshwater Wetlands: Ecology, Rehabilitation and Management, Estuarine Wetlands: Ecology, Rehabilitation and Management; Monitoring Wetlands; and Pulling It All Together, Ramsar principles are mentioned in many chapters and overall the publication includes a helpful number of practical examples and case study citations. Available for download here as individual chapters. [11/03/14]


 Scientific and Technical Videos Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the recordings of the webinar “Looking forward to the future of wetlands” by Ramsar’s Secretary General Christopher Briggs and those of the webinar “Wetlands, agriculture and sustainable livelihoods in Africa” by Dr Adrian Wood, are now available on the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) Portal.

You can also access a talk on Aichi target 10 by Deputy Secretary General Nick Davidson, at the 20/20 talks on Biodiversity in Montreal.
 
If you have additional suggestions and ideas for future webinars please submit them through the STRP Portal at: http://strp.ramsar.org/strp-national-focal-points/information-requests/strp_webcasts_call_for_presentations. [05/03/14]


Scientific and Technical Videos Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the recordings of the webinar “Looking forward to the future of wetlands” by Ramsar’s Secretary General Christopher Briggs and those of the webinar “Wetlands, agriculture and sustainable livelihoods in Africa” by Dr Adrian Wood, are now available on the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) Portal.

You can also access a talk on Aichi target 10 by Deputy Secretary General Nick Davidson, at the 20/20 talks on Biodiversity in Montreal.

If you have additional suggestions and ideas for future webinars please submit them through the STRP Portal at: http://strp.ramsar.org/strp-national-focal-points/information-requests/strp_webcasts_call_for_presentations. [05/03/14]


Vacancy: Administrative Coordinator

The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands is seeking to appoint an Administrative Coordinator to perform general administration and communications duties.
Read more [04/03/14]


Continuing efforts to conserve the unique Iraqi Marshes

The Hawizeh Marsh Ramsar Site in southern Iraq was placed on the Montreux Record in April 2010 because of serious changes to its hydrology. This was due to a number of factors, particularly the construction of upstream dams and water control structures reducing water flow into the marshes, and a decline in rainfall. At the invitation of the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), a small Ramsar team visited the Hawizeh Marsh Ramsar Site from 14 to 16 February 2014 to assess the condition of the marshes and to propose solutions to the problems faced by the site. Read more [04/03/14]


Stakeholders discuss the proposed designation of Nasoata Island as Fiji’s second Ramsar Site

IUCN Oceania organized a stakeholder planning meeting in February 2014 in the Fiji Islands to discuss the proposed designation of the Nasoata mangrove island as Fiji’s second Ramsar Site. The Ramsar Secretariat was represented by Vainuupo Jungblut, the Ramsar Officer for Oceania.

Vainuupo Jungblut accompanied IUCN Oceania officers on a consultation visit to the Nakorovou village, in the Rewa river delta, where the traditional landowners of the Nasoata mangrove island are based. During the visit, he reiterated Ramsar’s commitment to support the nomination of the island. Read more [03/03/14]

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