Wetland week celebration in Korea
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The Ramsar Secretary General, Mr Anada Tiéga, visited the Republic of Korea in May to attend the 2013 Wetland Week Celebration that was designated by the Ministry of Environment to be held from 5 to 12 May. The event was to increase public awareness on wetlands and the Ramsar Convention across the country by organizing a variety of wetland-related activities in various places during the week.
At the same time, Mr Tiéga also signed a Joint Communiqué on ‘Cooperation on the development of a Wetland City Concept’ between the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and the Ministry of Environment (R.O. Korea). This follows on from an announcement made by the representative of the Government of the R.O. Korea during the 46th Ramsar Standing Committee in April 2013, to develop the concept of wetland city accreditation and initiate practical actions for the introduction of the ”Wetland City” program.
The concept of wetland city accreditation was endorsed by the 11th Ramsar Conference of Parties (2012) through Resolution XI.11 on ‘Principles for the planning and management of urban and peri-urban wetlands’. This requested Ramsar Contracting Parties to “…explore establishing a wetland city accreditation, which may in turn provide positive branding opportunities for cities that demonstrate strong and positive relationships with wetlands”.