Regional workshop on a Ramsar network for the Niger Basin


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Subregional Networking for Ramsar Sites in Niger Basin

from 27 to 30 January 2004 at HOTEL KANAGA, Mopti, Mali

Draft Programme

27 January 2004

08:00-09:00 Arrival of participants & Registration
09:00-09:40 Opening ceremony of the workshop with brief speeches by:

- Ramsar
- Evian/Danone Group
- Malian authorities

09:40-10:00 Introduction, Establishment of a Presidium & Adoption of the Agenda
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-10:50 Objectives of the regional workshop (D. Landenbergue and A. Awaiss)

10:50-12:00 Session-1: Natural heritage of Niger basin & Regional initiatives

- 10:50-11:10: Presentation of NBA - its mission, background, institutional organisation, members, and primary objectives (Ousmane Diallo)
- 11:10-11:30: Niger Basin Initiative (A. Awaïss)
- 11:30-11:45: IUCN in the Niger Basin (A. Faye)
- 11:45-12:00: Wetlands International in Niger Basin (B. Koné)
- 12:00-12:15: NCF in Niger Basin (A. Olumide)

12:15-13:00 General debate
13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-16:00 Session-2: Overview of Wetland Management in Niger Basin

- 14:30-14:50: Significance of Niger Inner Delta in the national wetland policy of Mali (S.Samassekou)
- 14:50-15:15: Integration of wetlands in the management of river basins and coastal areas (A. Awaiss)
- 15:15-16:15: For coastal wetlands: cases of Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, and Cameroon (4 x 15 mn)

16:15-16:45 Coffee break

16:45-18:00 Session 2 (concluded)

- 16:45-17:30: For continental wetlands: cases of Niger, Chad, and Burkina Faso (3 x 15 mn)
- 17:30-18:00: General debate

28 January 2004

08:00-08:30 : Presentation of the report of Day 1, Adoption & Presidium of Day 2

08:30-10:00 : Session 3: Ramsar Sites & Sustainable Development in Watershed Catchment Basins

- 08:30-08:50: Integrated management of watershed catchment basins and poverty reduction (A. Bamba)
- 08:50-09:10: How to integrate the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in the management of watershed catchment basins? (A. Awaiss)
- 09:10-09:30: Support by WWF-''Living Waters'' Programme to the conservation of wetlands at level of large basins (D. Landenbergue)
- 09:30-10:00: The GEF-LCBC project and its criticality to the sustainable management of wetlands in Lake Chad basin (Anada Tiega, CTA, GEF Project, Chad)

10:00-10:30 : Coffee break
10:30-13:00 : Session 3 (concluded)

- 10:30-10:50: The GEF-NBA Project (in progress of development) and its future criticality to the sustainable management of wetlands in Niger Basin (Ousmane Diallo, NBA Expert)
- 10:50-11:20: Cultural aspects and their impact on biodiversity conservation in Ramsar sites of Benin (Iro Hachimou)
- 11:20-12:00: How to ensure a sustainable exploitation of natural resources in Ramsar sites of Niger Basin?
1. Fishery resources (Koréissi Balla Konare, Opération Pêches, Mopti) (20mn)
2. Bio-right Concept (Bakary, Wetlands International, Sévaré) (20mn)

- 12:00-12:30: Case of wetlands in the Mediterranean basin, and the MedWet concept (T. Papayannis, MedWet Representative)
- 12:30-13:00: Debate & Recommendations

13:00-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-16:00 Session 4: Group Work

Breakout Group 1: Scientific and technical information for the management of Ramsar sites and wetlands in the Niger Basin (Facilitator: Ousmane Diallo, NBA)
- MedWet's experience for the Mediterranean basin (T. Papayannis, 20 mn)
- NBA's Environment Observatory (Ousmane Diallo, 20mn)
- Group work

Breakout Group 2: Adaptive management of impacts: What strategy to adopt for Ramsar sites in the Basin? (Facilitator: Issa Seydina Sylla, WI)
- Access and management of natural resources in the Niger Office (Mamadou Samaké, 20mn)
- Problematics of soil degradation in the valley of river Niger (Issaka Amadou, 20mn)
- Group work

Breakout Group 3: Prospective funding sources for the sustainable management of moist areas in the Niger Basin (Facilitator: to be specified)
- Ramsar Small Grants Fund (A. Bamba, 20mn)
- GEF Small Grants (GEF focal point for Mali?/to be confirmed 20mn)
- Private enterprise sponsoring (D.Landenbergue + Ch. Lefèbvre?)
- Group work

16:00-16:30 : Coffee break
16:30-18:00 : Group work (continued) & Summary

29 January 2004

Guided tour over the Niger Inner Delta (Wetlands International, Sevaré)

30 January 2004

08:00-08:30 : Presentation of D1 & D2 reports, adoption & Presidium of the day
08:30-10:00 : Debriefing on group work & General debate
10:00-10:30 : Coffee break

10:30-12:30 Session 4: A Sub-regional Networking for Ramsar Sites in Niger Basin

- 10:30-10:45: Framework and objectives (A.Awaiss)
- 10:45-11:00: Background and development of 'MedWet' experience and Potential for its adjustment at Niger Basin level (T. Papayannis)
- 11:00-11:15: Resolution VIII.30 on " Regional Initiatives to strengthen the implementation of the Ramsar Convention" (A. Bamba)
- 11:15-11:30: Possible process toward a "NigerWet" networking for Niger Basin
- 11:30-12:30: Debate

12:30-14:15 Lunch break
14:15-15:00 Debate (continued)
15:00-15:45 Formulation of the recommendations of the Mopti Workshop
15:45-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-16:45 Closing ceremony (President of WWF, Executive Secretary of NBA, Malian authorities)

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