World Wetlands Day 2011 -- reports page

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Reports of World Wetlands Day activities around the world, 2011

Algeria 1. Abdallah Khazene of Ain Sefra in Algeria writes: “I join all friends to wish a Happy World Wetlands Day and a happy birthday for the 40th anniversary of Ramsar. We are organising expositions which will last for more than one month about natural and cultural heritage in my region, Ain Sefra where we eill celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ramsar. Long life to the Ramsar Convention”.

Algeria 2. Ghania Bessa nous écrit: « J'ai le plaisir de vous transmettre le programme de la célébration de la Journée mondiale des zones humides en Algérie. Cliquez ici.

Algeria 3. Mr Haroum Chenchouni du Département des Sciences biologique de l’Université de Batna nous écrit: « J’ai l’honneur de vous faire parvenir en fichier le bilan de nos activités commémorant la Journée mondiale des zones humides 2011. Cliquez ici.

Algeria 4. Ahmed Bendaho, Président de l'Association pour la Protection et l'Amélioration de l'Environnement Mecheria nous écrit: « veuillez trouver en fichier un compte rendu sur le déroulement des activités du 2 février dans notre région ». Cliquez ici.

Argentina 1.
Dr. Alexandro R. Giraudo, Investigador del CONICET de la Instituto Nacional de Limnologia escribe: Para festejar el Día de los Humedales tenemos el agrado de enviarles un nuevo Camalotal (Boletín informativo del Sitio Ramsar Jaaukanigás), con reflexiones sobre los bosques y su importancia en la formación y conservación de y los humedales atendiendo al lema propuesto por Ramsar en 2011. Brindamos además, interesantes aportes sobre el Cardo (Pacourina edulis), una especie única del Sitio Ramsar Jaaukanigás en Santa Fe, y damos a conocer una iniciativa de un grupo de docentes y alumnos, que como siempre nos dan ejemplos concretos de que en el seno de la sociedad se encuentran los cambios que necesitamos, en la nota "Parque temático Bosque Chaqueño Sustentable en Malabrigo", dos artículos aportados por Verónica Kern. En el Sitio Ramsar Jaaukanigás, desde el Comité Intersectorial de Manejo, seguimos trabajado con la convicción de que debemos protagonizar nuestros propios cambios sumando voluntades para trabajar por nuestros humedales con mayor conocimiento, con amplitud de criterios, creatividad y entusiasmo. Un abrazo para quienes comparten los ideales de conservación de los Humedales.Ver folleto.

Argentina 2. Jorge Juber de la Encargado RNO escribe para describir los acontecimientos de un incendio que tuvo lugar en el Reserva Natural Otamendi el 21/1/2011 y el 02 de Febrero, el Día Mundial de los Humedales de 2011 y los valientes esfuerzos de los bomberos voluntarios para detenerlo. Aquí.

Argentina 3. Dr. Eduardo A. Vallarino de la Grupo de Extensión "la Cienca Hace Escuela"de la Universidad National de Mar del Plata escribe: Hola amigos de "La ciencia hace escuela". Aquí les adjunto la invitación a las actividades de divulgación científica que se llevarán a cabo el 2 de Febrero en el Marco de la celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales.Aquí.

Argentina 4. El Juaguel, Association de Montana, Ecología y turismo escribe: Estimados. Conmemorando tan significativa fecha, contribuimos con una nota alusiva de difusión provincial. http://www.diariochilecito.com.ar/articulo/11431.html

Argentina 5. La Comision Directiva del Asociación Civil “Laguna de Los Témpanos” escribe: Con motivo del Día Internacional de los Humedales, se organizó el domingo 6 de febrero una caminata por el Sitio Ramsar del fin del mundo, en el Turbal del Valle de Andorra. Concurrieron cerca de 90 caminantes de todas las edades y procedencias varias: de entes oficiales, de ONGs y vecinos interesados en la propuesta de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Sustentable y Ambiente de la Provincia, que puso su gente a disposición para hacer una caminata didáctica, explicando qué es un Sitio Ramsar, los distintos tipos de turberas observables en el recorrido y la importancia de las mismas. Este evento fue auspiciado por la Secretaría de Desarrollo Sustentable y Ambiente de la Provincia de Tierra del Fuego y ONGs como la Asociación Laguna de los Témpanos, Asociación de Amigos del Valle de Andorra y el Club de Amigos de la Montaña de Ushuaia. Aquí.

Argentina 6. Lic. Victoria Massola Coordinadora del Programa de Educación Ambiental Reserva Natural Bahía Blanca, Bahía Falsa, Bahía verde escribe: Aquí envío un resumen de todas las actividades que ofreceremos desde el día 2, jueves 10, viernes 11 y sábado 12.Aquí.

Argentina 7. Sara Beatriz Sverlij, punto focal nacional para Argentina, escribe: Estimados colegas: desde la Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable de la Jefatura de Gabinete de Ministros de Argentina, organismo de implementación de la Convención de Ramsar, tengo el agrado de enviarles en adjunto una síntesis de algunas de las actividades desarrolladas en la Argentina, en conmemoración del Día Mundial de los Humedales y el 40° aniversario de la Convención. Informe aquí.

Argentina 8. Marina Lemos, Vicepresidente de la Asociación Patrimonio Natural escribió: El último fin de semana de Enero, en el marco del Día Internacional de los Humedales, los voluntarios de la Reserva Natural de Pilar, realizaron una travesía en kayak de relevamiento y concientización por el río Luján. La propuesta, en principio, cubriría el río Luján desde sus inicios en la localidad de Suipacha, hasta el partido de Pilar. Informe y fotos aquí.

Australia. Liz Hajenko sent a report from Wetland Care Australia, the leading Australian not-for-profit wetland conservation organisation, that held its 4th annual National Art and Photography Competition to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2011. The theme of the 2011 competition was Forested Wetlands; Their Importance and Wise Use which reflects the World Wetlands Day theme. Images from this event can be seen here.

Australia 1. Anne McLaughlin, Education Officer at the Marine Discovery Centre in Queenscliff, Victoria writes: Please find attached a brochure outlining the activities we plan to hold on Sunday February 6 2011 to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2011. Brochure here.

Australia 2. The department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts writes: The story from the Canberra workshop I attended has appeared in Wetlands Australia National Wetlands Update 2011-Issue No 19. It's on page 35. Link is http://www.environment.gov.au/water/publications/environmental/wetlands/wa19.html

Australia 3. The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water has produced a video to celebrate World Wetlands Day and International Year of Forests available at: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/environmentalwater/watergallery.htm

Australia 4. Conservation and Officer/Secretary of Field and Game Australia writes. Our Branch is looking forward to another great morning out to celebrate World Wetlands Day in 2011. As you are aware the Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar a city of Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. www.ramsar.org. Field and Game Australia is a voluntary organisation formed by hunters. We partner with Government and the community in the management and sustainable utilisation of Australia’s wetlands for future generation by protecting game habitats through conservation. We promote responsible firearm ownership, ethical hunting and clay target shooting. www.fga.net.au. Field and Game Australia, Metropolitan Branch is managed by members of the City of Whittlesea Community and has over 550 current members. Parks Victoria and the City of Whittlesea have supported our endeavours to protect wetlands and Australian native birds by the protection of their natural habitats. View poster, report, and photos.

Australia 5. Vishnu N. Prahalad, Honorary Research Associate of the School of Geography and Environmental Studies writes: A seminar was organised at the School of Geography and Environmental Studies (University of Tasmania, Hobart Campus) to discuss the challenges and opportunities for wetlands management in Tasmania. The seminar began with a short presentation from Vishnu Prahalad on the article published in Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy titled “Implementation of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Tasmania, Australia” by Vishnu Prahalad and Lorne Kriwoken. This led on to further discussions on wetlands management in Tasmania, with specific focus on one of the major recommendations from the article, which is to set up a ‘Tasmanian Wetlands Taskforce’ (TWT) as a special body with participation from representative State and non-State actors, and also include representatives from the scientific community and the general public. Members of TWT could represent a wide range of expertise in wetland conservation and management. One of the main focuses of TWT would be to coordinate the efforts of various wetland-actors providing more focus and momentum towards effective wetland conservation measures. This seminar provided an opportunity to invite comments and discussions towards setting up a TWT and contribute to the better management of wetlands in Tasmania.

Australia 6. Anne McLaughlin, Education Officer at the Marine Discovery Centre in Queenscliff, Australia writes “People of all ages participated in the varied World Wetlands Day activities run by Fisheries Victoria's Marine Discovery Centre. The activities all related to Swan Bay, a Ramsar wetland, part of the Port Phillip Bay ( Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar site. All participants enjoyed opportunities to learn more about this beautiful area”. View their advertising brochure here.

Austria 1. On the occasion of World Wetlands Day on 2 February, the Alps-Adriatic University of Klagenfurt presented the international university course on the management of protected areas at a press conference. “It is not enough to only protect areas; they need active management. We would like to invite those from Europe and the rest of the world who are interested to apply for the next course on “Management of Protected Areas" explains Hans-Joachim Bodenhöfer, the scientific director of the course. See their report here.

Austria 2. The Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forests, Water and Environment produced this press release on the UN year on forests and Ramsar’s WWD theme and 40th anniversary.

Austria 3. Visitor guides for nature from the local NGO  'AURING', Renate Bohm and Ute Nüsken, together with 'Healthy community Bernhardtstal' have invited interested people to a walk into the  Morava-Dyje floodplains. This area is a Ramsar Site in Austria since  1982 and is also a Trilateral Ramsar Site (together with Czech Republic and Slovak  Republic) since 2007. The picture in the attached press story shows an area which is still in connection  with the Morava river during floods and boasts high biodiversity as one can see from the sparrow and beaver tracks. Press story and photo.

Bahamas. The Bahamas Natural Trust celebrated the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar convention and World Wetlands Day 2011 with a series of activities designed to help increase awareness about the importance of wetlands in the Bahamas. View report.

Bangladesh 1. Tarique Hassan M&E Expert of the Wetland Biodiversity Project writes: I am sending a report on World Wetland Day by Wetland Biodiversity Rehabilitation Project (WBRP). View report.

Bangladesh 2. The World Peace Mission has celebrated this year’s World Wetlands Day by organising large scale programmes in Bangladesh with involvement from government organisations, NGOs and local communities. View full report.

Belarus. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus has sent a schedule, article and photos describing the celebrations of World Wetlands Day 2011 in Sporovsky. View document.

Benin. To celebrate the Ramsar Conventions’ 40th anniversary, the Benin Environment Authority organized a series of activities through its Community Management of Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Project (PGCBMC). The Commune of Aguégués was chosen as the host for these celebrations. The activities organized for this event included a handball match that pitted the girls of the secondary schools of both municipalities, Aguégués and Avagbodji and a football match between the boys. Read full report.

Bolivia. Juan Manuel escribe: Acá en Yacuiba Sur de Boliva realizamos un acto para recordar el Día Mundial de los Humedales, Lo realizamos el acto de manera conjunta con diferentes instituciones públicas y privadas, donde se manifestó la voluntad de trabajar en bien del uso sostenible de los recursos naturales.

Botswana. To celebrate World Wetlands Day 2011 and the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention, the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism organised a series of speeches, entertainment, dances, exhibition stalls, shows, competitions and excursions. To view schedule click here.

Botswana 2. World Wetlands Day was celebrated in the town of Kasane in the Chobe District on the 2nd of February, some of the activities included national essay and art competitions and exhibitions based around this year’s theme Water . The event was preceded by a tree planting on the 2nd of February at the Kasane fire station. View report.

Bulgaria. World wetlands day 2011 was celebrated throughout the country with campaigns organized by regional structures of the Ministry of Environment and Water directed at kindergartens, schools and universities. Activities included open lessons, exhibitions, presentations, activities of different environmental school clubs, competitions and bird watching tours. Additionally, Aylin Hassan of the Ramsar Convention NFP, National Nature Protection Service, Ministry of Environment and Water was interviewed by three Bulgarian national radio channels: Horizon, Darik Radio and Radio Alyssa. For more information on the event and photos click here.

Bulgaria 2. Green Balkans NGO has celebrated the World Wetlands Day with events at the Ramsar site - Pomorie Wetland Complex - and in the city of Plovdiv - on the banks of one of the largest Bulgarian rivers - Maritsa River. Materials provided by Ramsar Secretariat and Bulgarian Focal Point in the Ministry of Environment and Water were disseminated. View report.

Cambodia. Bou Vorsak, from the BirdLife International Cambodia Programme, (and the NGO CEPA Focal Point for Ramsar) writes: I’m sending you some pictures  of our WWD and 40th anniversary celebration in the seasonal  floodplain of Tonle Sap. We held our celebration with the Kampong Loung Community,  Krakor district, Pursat Province, Cambodia. As you can see from the photographs  we prepared special WWD t-shirts using your poster design and we also used your  poster to make a calendar in our own languagePictures here and calendar here.

Cameroun 1.  Monsieur Marc Richepin MANDENG, Président National de l’ASFE (Association pour la Solidarité des Forestiers et Environnementalistes) nous a envoyé le rapport des activités de promotion de gestion durable des zones humides dans sa localité lors de la célébration de la journée mondiale 2011. Cliquez ici, pdf. 

Canada. This year for World Wetlands Day the Agricultural Wetlands Research Network has organized a “One month for Agricultural Wetlands Discussion Contest”. By offering a 1000 CAD prize for the winner, the AWRN hoped to engage as many researchers practitioners, and others interested in agricultural wetlands as possible to participate in the event over a short period of time with no commitments. One ballot was awarded to each substantive AWRN discussion posting per individual participant. At the end of the month a randomly generated number associated with the entrant who made the comment was awarded the 1000 CAD. To view details of the competition click here.

Canada 2. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity writes: Please find attached for your information and wider distribution a message from Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the CBD, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. View message.

Canada 3Lucilla Spini, D.Phil Project Officer for the Global Environmental Change and Human Health writes: I am writing concerning our World Wetlands Day Event “Forests for Water and Wetlands” an event organized by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), the Global Environmental Change and Human Health (GECHH). Joint Project and the McMaster Centre for Climate Change (MCC), at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The programme is attached. Unfortunately, the event could not take place, due to a major snow storm; however; some of the speakers and colleagues made it through the storm. See photos attached featuring Dr. Jo Mulongoy (Principal Officer, Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters Division, CBD Secretariat), Dr. Richard Thomas (Assistant Director, Drylands Programme, UNU-INWEH), Dr. Bhim Adhikari (Programme Officer, (Dryland Programme, UNU-INWEG), Dr. Lucilla Spini (GECHH Project Officer, UNU-INWEH) and Ms. Lisa Benedetti (Project Associate, Coastal Programme, UNU-INWEH). Allow me also to point that one newspaper article was dedicated to the event and thus provided an important awareness-raising tool during the storm. Further information will be posted on the UNU-INWEH (www.inweh.unu.edu) and GECHH (www.gechh.unu.edu) websites.

Chile. Para el Día Mundial de los Humedales Stefano Bavestrello del Ecoturismo organizado una actividad, el 2 de febrero del 2011, se trata de un Taller de observación de aves en el Humedal de la desembocadura del río Aconcagua Concón, Región de Valparaíso, Chile. Es un humedal, no muy conocido por la comunidad local y se encuentra altamente amenazado, pero sin embargo es un lugar que alberga más de 100 especies de aves registradas, lo que demuestra un buen estado de conservación en cuanto a biodiversidad. El Taller busca objetivos como: Introducir a la comunidad local al humedal y a la observación de aves, a través de la educación ambiental enfocada en el humedal (su importancia para nosotros) y un taller que busca enseñar a la gente a como observar aves y aprender a identificarlas.Clic aquí para fotos.

China. Xinxin Hu from the  Office of Wetland  Conservation and Management, State Forestry Administration, P.R.China writes "Our World Wetlands Day activities  have been focused on the 40th anniversary. We produced New Year  cards entitled “Celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention”  and distributed them nationwide. A special film for WWD 2011  entitled Forests and Wetlands has been co-produced by the State Forestry  Administration (the Ramsar Administrative Authority), CCTV and WWF and was  broadcast on February 2, 2011. A new Ramsar Site designation is  anticipated during the year and we will also be holding the 2nd China Wetlands  Cultural Festival in Wuxi  and an Asian Wetland Symposium at the same time in 2011. In  addition to all this we have carried out our usual WWD 2011 with posters and  activities at parks, nature reserves, government departments, and NGOs. During  the year we will also be carrying out more activities carried out by us, by  local government and some of these will be at Ramsar Sites".  China has produced a Chinese version of the Ramsar WWD poster.

China, Taïwan. To mark the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention and celebrate World Wetlands Day 2011, Taiwan organized an exhibition highlighting Taiwan’s diverse wetlands, fauna and flora. In addition, the CPA launched a new phone application allowing citizens to easily report illegal activities on wetlands. Read article in Taiwan today http://www.taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=147117&ctNode=445

China, Hong KongJosephine Cheng, Wetland Park Manager/ Education and Community Services at the Hong Kong Wetland Park, has sent in a fully illustrated report noting the many WWD activities that took place during their WWD Festival . An impressive list of collaborators is also recorded including government departments, NGOs and other organizations. Full report here .

Colombia 1. Para celebrar el Día Mundial de los Humedales, el Asociacion para el estudio y la conservación de las aves acuáticas en Colombia con el apoyo de La Asociación Calidris y el Área Cultural del Banco de la República organizado una Censo Neotropical de Aves Acuáticas (CNAA) entre el Sábado 5 y el domingo 20 de Febrero. Leer más. http://calidris.org.co/wp-content/uploads/Boletin_Enero11.html

Colombia 2. El 26 del Febrero se llevo a cabo la celebración humedales a ritmo de fuga 2011, programa que durante 10 años la fundación Funecorobles en asocio con organizaciones locales ubicadas en el municipio de Jamundi - Colombia y basados en los principios establecidos por la convención Ramsar, han fortalecido la educacion ambiéntale desde la promoción de los bienes y valores de los Humedales - Madreviejas a Ritmo de fuga. Clic aquí para ver el informe.

Congo, Rep. of. Sophie DUPILLE, Adjointe à la coordination Rénatura Chargée de la communication et de l'éducation nous écrit ce message: Veuillez trouver ci joint le compte rendu de nos activités à l'occasion de la journée des zones humides. See report.

Costa Rica. M.Sc. Andrea Montero-Cordero, Especialista en Educación escribe: El pasado 2 de Febrero, celebramos el Día Mundial de los Humedales en nuestra Estación Biológica Palo Verde, en ésta oportunidad conmemorando el Año Internacional de los Bosques bajo el lema “Bosques para Agua y Humedales”. En esta ocasión, 8 estudiantes y 2 madres de familia de la comunidad de Bagatzí, nos acompañaron. La actividad incluyó una charla por parte de la OET y SINAC (Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación) acerca de la importancia del Parque Nacional Palo Verde como Sitio Ramsar, observación de aves acuáticas en humedales dentro del Parque, caminata bordeando el Río Tempisque, manualidades y refrigerio. Vea fotos del evento http://www.flickr.com/photos/ots-oet/sets/72157625977822502/, Noticia publicada por OET: http://www.ots.ac.cr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=644&Itemid=381

Croatia. The 2011 celebration of World Wetlands Day was organised by the State Institute for Nature Protection, Crna Mlaka Fishponds and Public Institution for Managing Protected Nature Areas of Zagreb County. It was held at Crna Mlaka Fishponds, on 30th of January. This was a public event: with activities such as organized birdwatching and guided nature walks (otter and beaver tracks were found). The event was attended by more than 200 people, including representatives of public institutions, scientific organisations, non-governmental organisations, schools and the media. The event was covered by several radio and television stations and the press.View photos.

Cuba. MSc. Leyaní Caballero Tihert, Especialista Gestión y Educación Ambiental del Órgano CITMA (Reserva de Biosfera Ciénaga de Zapata) está escribiendo: Colegas y amigos@: Les adjunto el programa de actividades que tendrá lugar en nuestro Humedal por el Aniversario 40 del día de los Humedales y su celebración para el 2 de febrero. Clic aquí.

Cuba 2. Para el Día Mundial de los Humedales 2011 Yemmy Morejón Andrés del Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente y el Centro de Gestión y Servicios Ambientales y Tecnológicos enviar este informe.  Veer fotos

Cyprus. In celebration of World Wetlands Day 2011 and the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention, Birdlife Cyprus has organised a “Date with Birds” at the Athalassa Park. Activities included bird watching, an information stand and children’s mask making. View invitation.

Cyprus 2. Dr. Andreas Ch. Hadjichambis, Scientific Director of the Cyprus Centre for Environmental Research and Education-CYCERE writes: The Cyprus Centre for Environmental Research and Education organized the 7th Pan Cyprian Celebration for the World Wetlands Day with great success. The celebration took place on Sunday 30th of January at the Cyprus Centre for Environmental Research and Education in the Farm of St. Nikolaos, at the Akrotiri peninsula, a place of high ecological value due to its important wetlands, giving the visitors an opportunity to be informed about the importance of wetlands of the region. The event was a great success and over 150 people participated. The event included a visit to Despotiki Limni, presentations on the importance of wetlands, messages from the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention, the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, the Minister of Education and Culture, the Bishop of Holy Church of Limassol, the President of the Federation of Cyprus Environmental Organizations, the President of Birdlife Cyprus Association as well as messages from Mr. Christos Pourgouridis and Mr. Rikkos Erotokritou (Members of the Parliament) and Mrs. Ioanna Panayiotou, General Secretary of the Cyprus Green Party. Many students visited the CECERE during the Wetlands Week which we also organized again this year. View report.

Dominican Republic. El 2 de Febrero, el Grupa Jaragua (Birdlife en Republica Dominicana) celebrado el Día Mundial de los Humedales. Para celebrar, desarrollo un programa de actividades educativas en torno a la conservación y uso sostenible de la Laguna de Oviedo. Ver informe.

El Salvador. Martin Quintanilla Montes, Coordinador del Área Natural Protegida San Diego y San Felipe Las Barras Región Trifinio, Metapan, El Salvador Centro de Protección para Desastres escribe: En El Salvador a pocas horas de celebrar el Día Mundial de los Humedales, les comunico que soy parte del equipo técnico del Centro de Protección para Desastres (CEPRODE), institución que comaneja el Área Natural Protegida San Diego y San Felipe Las Barras del municipio de Metapan. Esta ANP es la representación de bosque seco de mayor extensión para El Salvador. Hace unos días (16 de diciembre) fue declarado sitio RAMSAR el complejo GUIJA, lo cual nos llena de alegría porque se suman mas esfuerzos de nuestra institución para continuar conservando este bosque que está dentro del complejo. A su vez realizamos campañas de educacion ambiental en escuelas y mañana tenemos programados unos eventos en los cuales quisiéramos distribuir los materiales didácticos e incluirles nuestro logo, si es posible espero su. Véase el folleto.

France – dans tous les coins du pays. Notre point focal en France, Emmanuel Thiry, Chargé de mission zones humides et convention de Ramsar, nous a écrit : « il pourrait être opportun d'ajouter un lien vers le portail français pour les zones humides (les réseaux des Pôle-relais) », le lien est le suivant : www.zones-humides.eaufrance.fr/?q=node/1199. De nombreuses manifestations organisées en France et en outre-mer dans le cadre de la Journée mondiale des zones humides y sont recensées, ces dernières vous feront découvrir ces territoires hors du commun que sont les milieux humides. Le programme rassemblé par les réseaux des quatre pôles-relais présente ici, un large panel d'événements - découvertes "nature", expositions, ateliers, spectacles, séminaires, colloques.... ». Sur ce site web, toutes les personnes intéressées sont invitées à découvrir, en quelques clics, l'ensemble des manifestations qui auront lieu dans leur région.

France 1.  Cette année encore le partenariat Danone-Evian - Ramsar soutient la LPO pour la mise en place d'une soirée spéciale avec des conférences et des séances. Cette conférence permettra au grand public de mieux connaître ces milieux extrêmement riches en biodiversité mais aussi tellement  importants pour l’être humain. Voir le flyer et la brochure.

France 2. Pour célébrer la Journée mondiale des  zones humides , le Bureau de l’Association de Perrex nous envoit un article publié dans leur presse locale pour marquer l’occasion. Lire ici

France 3. Pierre Rivallin, Chargé de mission Zones humides/Biodiversité de la Maison de l'Environnement de Seine-et-Marne écrit: « Voici notre calendrier inter-associations pour le département de la Seine-et-Marne. Il regroupe 41 animations sur 34 communes, et réalisées par 21 partenaires. Il a été imprimé à 16’000 exemplaires, regroupés en 1600 envois ». En lire plus ici.

France 4. Le programme pour la Journée mondiale des zones humides en Camargue figure sur la page 2 de cette lettre du Parc Naturel Régional. Cliquez ici.

France 5. Pour marquer le 40ème anniversaire de la Convention de Ramsar et pour célébrer la Journée mondiale des  zones humides , l’Association des Sauvaginiers de la Vallée de la Scarpe a mis en ligne leur programme de leur journée qui a eu lieu le 5 février. http://www.zones-humides.eaufrance.fr/?q=node/1499

France 6. La Mairie de la Jarrie nous fait parvenir un bilan de leurs activités pour la Journée mondiale des zones humides . Voir le bilan ici.

France 7. La commune de Moorea-Maio de la Polynésie Française a coordonné leur 23ème édition du « Marathon Tahiti-Moorea 2011 » avec la Journée mondiale des  zones humides afin de communiquer plus largement l’importance de la préservation des zones humides à l’échelle locale et mondiale. Pour voir la programmation de cet événement cliquez ici.

France 8. Angélique Valence, Responsable du Pôle Administration et Accueil des Publics de la Domaine de Lindre nous écrit : « Le Domaine de Lindre a participé à la Journée mondiale des  zones humides le 2 février 2011. Une animation a été proposée le mercredi après-midi pour le jeune public. Je vous prie de trouver ci-joint le flyer créé et diffusé par nos soins, la copie d'un article paru dans la presse régionale ainsi que le bilan de cette animation ». Cliquez ici.

France 9. Cette année la Maison de l’Estuaire a de nouveau organisé une sortie sur la réserve naturelle de l’estuaire de la Seine. Le thème de cette visite s’est appuyé sur celui de l’année internationale des Nations Unis : la forêt. Cliquez ici pour le document complet.

France 10. Elaine Dupland du Groupe Local du Pays Gapençais nous écrit : « Dans le cadre de la Journée Mondiale des  zones humides , Terra Biodiversita a donné le vendredi 4 février 2011 une conférence à Gap (05) sur le thème des relations entre la biodiversité des zones humides et le bien-être des populations humaines. Cette conférence était organisée en partenariat avec le groupe de Gap de la Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux ». Voir le rapport.

France 11. Pour marquer le 40ème anniversaire de Ramsar, l’Association de la Promotion des Etudiants pour la Gestion et l’Aménagements des Zones Humides (PEGAZH) a organisé trois jours d’activité le 28, 29 et 30 janvier dans les Salons Curnonsky. Pour lire le bilan, cliquez ici.

France 12. Virginie Mauclert, Coordinatrice du Pôle-relais lagunes méditerranéennes, Tour du Valat déclare: "Le Pôle-relais lagunes méditerranéennes a publié ce mois-ci bilan des JMZH 2011 en Méditerranée française (régions Languedoc-Roussillon, PACA et Corse), concernant la rubrique des JMZH. Vous y trouverez l’ensemble de nos bilans JMZH depuis 2005 et les brèves relatives à nos actions." Cliquez ici pour le document complete.

Greece. Eleni Makrigianni writes: “World Wetlands Day 2011 was celebrated in Evros Delta Visitor Centre on February 2nd. 140 children from local schools participated in the event. The day was dedicated to the riparian forests and their value for nature and man".  Photos of the event here.

Greece 1. Demetres Kotropoulos, Biology and Geography teacher at the Fryganiotis private school has sent a comic depicting the effects of deforestation. View full report.

Greece 2. Dyonisios Mamasis Msc. Environmental Cartographer writes: The World Wetlands Day (02/02/2011) was celebrated in School Zevgaraki Agriniou in province of Etoloakarnania (between the largest lake in Greece Trichonida and Lysimachia Lake) on 4 February. School children from the local school, parents and guests participated in the activities: Powerpoint projection "Forests for water and wetlands", videos for “The Greeks Wetlands” and for the “aquatic birds”. Speeches for the Wetlands of International Importance were also presented. You can find attached 8 informative photographs with related activities. View full report.

Hungary. World Wetlands Day 2011 was organised by the Minstry of Rural Development and the Balaton Uplands National Park and held at the Siofok town hall. Several other national parks throughout Hungary also celebrated the event. View report.

India 1. The Savera Foundation organized a low key activities day for the villages of Deewanjot, Panchayat Khatponk and Block Tsiri focusing on educating young and deprived children on the importance of forests. These villages have been subjected to large scale deforestation and the focus of the day was to urge the next generation to value forests more highly. View details of the programme.

India 2. Jyotiraj Patra writes: The theme for WWD 2011 on 'Forests for Water and Wetlands' was crucial in initiating a great amount of discussions and reflection on the intricate relation between forests, wetlands and water. The Centre for the Environment, Resilience and Global Sustainability (CERGS) supported citizen's participation and action as part of the World Wetlands Day 2011 celebration in a holy shrine along coastal Orissa in India. The theme of this public engagement activity was 'actions' and 'actions only’ to ensure the sustainability of this delicate interrelation which has been threatened all across the globe because of unprecedented human interventions and exploitations. View document.

India 3. Dr. Verma - Professor, Environment & Developmental Economics & Coordinator- Centre for Ecological Services Management, Indian Institute of Forest Management writes: "As a tribute to Ramsar's 40th foundation anniversary and to carry forward its current year’s slogan “Forests for water and wetlands of forests for water and wetlands, we have commenced a project on Estimating Economic Values and Analyzing Institutional & Legal Frameworks for claiming REDD+ and Ecotourism benefits for Protected Area-Ramsar Wetlands: exploration through Loktak and Hokersar Wetlands in India. The focus area of the project is Incentivizing Conservation of Forested Wetlands in Protected Areas. This project is implemented by our Centre for Ecological Services Management at the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India. I shall soon be seeking your advice for effectively executing this project".

India 4. Dr. G. Shankar of Cheminova limited writes: "We have been running the campaign, TREES FOR TOMORROW for quite some time. CHEMINOVA INDIA being a subsidiary of CHEMINOVA A/S, Denmark, we were privileged that the Danish Ambassador to India, Mr. Freddy Svane had inaugurated the initiative, by handing over a few saplings of fruit trees to the representatives of Mumbai University who have joined hands with Cheminova India to celebrate the event. On 2 February 2011, the saplings were planted by the students of the Mumbai University in their premises. The authorities from the University and officials from Cheminova India spoke on the importance of World Wetlands Day with reference to the theme “FORESTS FOR WATER AND WETLANDS”. All participants have taken an oath to plant more trees and nourish them. Cheminova India celebrated World Wetlands Day in 32 other locations across the country; farmers were given saplings of fruit trees like mango, guava, etc for planting. The employees and their family members participated enthusiastically. In all these locations scientists from Agricultural universities, officials of Forest Department, Agriculture department and State pollution control boards participated to reinforce the message that TREES ARE OUR FUTURE".

India 5. Paresh Pandya (Dr.), Member CEC-IUCN-Canada and Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, Professor in charge, writes: We have actively taken part in the conservation of wetlands and Education & Communication in the conservation area since its inception. As a result, of our active participation every year (February-April), we organize some awareness campaigns, seminars, workshops, lectures, competitions for schools, colleges, and university students for the conservation of water and wetlands. A number of local agencies have joined together to run the activities this year for World Wetlands Day such as the Indo-Canada Association, School Board, South Asian Center, Hindu Sewa Sangathan, Hindu Mandir Windsor and Hindu Cultural Center. We have gotten good responses in these programs. Thus for the occasion of World Wetland Day, 2011, with the help of Ramsar materials, we have a new momentum in our activities which will help a lot to carry out the awareness and communication campaign. View full document and photos.

India 6. The Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment celebrated World Wetlands Day 2011 in the Vemabanad region of Kerala with a series of cleaning campaigns, street play, awareness rallying, cleaning in progress, honoring organic farmers and pledging. All the school in the region held special assemblies to communicate the importance of wetlands. View document/photos.

India 7. With a view to embrace the lake on the International Wetlands day, the Lake Protection forums paid homage to the lake, which provides them food and income for their subsistence. Competitions like Swimming and breath holding were also organized as part of the celebrations. Close to 150 participants gathered near the shore of the lake and at sunset the participants lighted a lamp and prayed for the well being of the lake. The event came to an end by a sumptuous feast with wetland delicacies like tapioca and clam meat. Report/photos available here.

India 8. Krishna Kumar K, Programme Officer of the Community Environment Resource Centre writes: On the event of World Wetlands Day, East Kolkata Wetlands Management Authority (EKWMA) organized a gathering at the Jhagrashisha Fisheries, a bheri within the East Kolkata Wetlands to celebrate this day. The location has been chosen within a wetland area so that awareness could be spread among the local people who are actually involved in the protection of these wetlands. View full document.

India 9. Greetings from WWF-India Kerala State Office. As in previous years, WWD 2011 was observed in Kerala in Kannur with various activities. The program was a huge success in that it was well received by various sections the society. View activity report/photos.

India 10. SAFE celebrated World Wetlands Day, at East Kolkata Wetlands, EKW the only Ramsar site of West Bengal by organizing ‘Jalabhumi Utsav’, with participation of over a thousand wetlanders. SAFE has launched India's first 'Biorights', project at EKW funded by DFID (UK) through Urban Municipal Affairs dept. Govt. of West Bengal. This year, SAFE targets to plant 100 thousand trees, with plantation beginning from WWD 2011 till the next WWD 2012. A day long tree plantation program was conducted by moving a caravan with tableau covering 40 kilometre of the EKW area. Tree saplings were gifted to members of the fishermen community in order to create awareness, highlighting the importance of our wetlands and forests. The tableau moved into the wetland communities who are most affected by its destruction of the wetlands ecosystem due to increasing pollution and unscrupulous encroachment. View full report/photos.

India 11. Dr. VS Krishna of the Haritha Krishna Eco Club and department of Botany organised a series of activities to commemorate World Wetlands Day, including a lecture from Sri A.A. Ramkumar. Full schedule.

India 12. WWF & Meluha –The Fern announces Wetlands Celebrations which will comprise a wetlands photography exhibition and contest directed by the Young Environmentalists Program trust on the 2nd of February 2011 from 10am to 2pm at Meluha-The Fern ecotel Hiranandani Gardens Powai,Mumbai. View full photos.

India 13. Rashmi from the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) India writes: We are pleased to share a report on the WWD 2011 celebrations organised by CEE Himalaya near Wular Lake. Thanks for awareness material sent by the Secretariat which has been shared and interpreted in the local context for the community during the celebration. View report.

India 14. Gujarat Science City organised a two day workshop on “Forest, Wetlands and Water: a Powerful Relationship” to mark this year’s World Wetlands Day and the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention. The focus of the workshop was to provide hands-on training and activity based modules for science teachers and DNA club members of the state. In addition a video screening, poster exhibition and slide show on the environmental significance of wetlands was organised for visiting students and visitors. On the morning of 3 February, the participants then went on for training and exploration in the “Thol” wetlands. View report.

India 15. Bishnu Mohapatra, Programmer Chilika Development Authority writes: Greetings from Chilika. I am enclosing herewith a detailed report on the celebrations of World Wetlands Day 2011 in Chilika Lake and Ansupa Lake for your kind information and necessary action. View report.

India 16. To celebrate World Wetlands Day 2011, the Ministry of the Environment and Forests organised a technical workshop at Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur. The celebrations started on the 1st of February and included a speech from the Minister of Environment and Forests. Additionally a similar event was organised at Orissa Punjab by one of the foundations for advocates. Read report.

Indonesia. Prigi Arisandi, from the NGO Ecoton in Java, Indonesia , reports that they held more nine than WWD activities around the Brantas River for schools, colleges, and local communities, and that these were well covered by local television, radio, online news, and local and national newspapers. See pictures.

Iraq. World Wetlands Day 2011 and the 40th anniversary of the Convention was celebrated in the Southern Marshes of Hammar. Jassim Al-Asadi from Nature Iraq notes "The event included a photo exhibition, lectures, posters and books on biodiversity. The event was widely attended by academics, government officials and professionals and was covered by the local media and journalists". Text and photos of the event can be viewed here and here.

Italy. The Parco del Delta del Po Emilia Romagna and ARPA Emilia Romagna, part of the community Project NATREG “Managing Assets and Natural Protected Areas as Regional Sustainable Development Opportunities” organised a workshop on “Features of Environmental Land use: the Participatory Planning in the Po Delta and the Role of Farmers” on February 3rd at the Castle of Metola to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2011. View report.

Jamaica. For this year’s World Wetlands Day, the National Environment and Planning Agency organized a diverse range of activities including mangrove replanting, beach cleaning and school tours. A wide range of organizations participated including the Institute of Jamaica, Caribbean and Costal foundation, University of the West Indies, Montego Bay Marine Park, Portland Environmental Protection Agency, Urban Development Corporation, Holland High School, Negril Area Environmental Protection Trust, Yallahs Police Youth Club & Yallahs Bahai community and the St Thomas Environment and Cultural Foundation. For full list of activities click here.

Japan. Jun Ueda staff of Biwa-ko Waterfowl and Wetland Center (BWWC) writes: Biwa-ko (Lake Biwa), the largest lake in Japan was designated a Ramsar Site in 1993. In 2008, Nishino-ko, a marshy lake attached to Lake Biwa, was added to the designated area. On the 24th February (from 14:00 to 16:00), we celebrated World Wetlands Day 2011 by meeting in the Biwa-ko Waterfowl and Wetland Center. View report.

Japan 2. The Ministry of the Environment of Japan and Wetlands International Japan send this report on the activities organised for World Wetland Day throughout Japan. View PDF.

Jordan. Nashat Hamidan from the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) writes "We organized a  World Wetlands Day 2011 event at the Azraq Wetland Reserve (Jordan's first Ramsar Site), welcoming over 200 participants including RSCN Friends and Members, as well as 45 schoolchildren from the surrounding villages (Southern and Northern Azraq). Read the full report here.

Kenya 1. The Meru Park Education Department coordinated and organized the events for this year’s World Wetlands Day within Igembe district with a variety of functions being held at Nthambiro primary school. Participants included Momwere/Nthambiro Community group, Local Administration, National Environment Management Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Lands, Equity Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank and the School Education department. Celebrations included planting commemorative trees, songs, poems, plays and student essay competitions. For further details of the schedule of the events and photos click here.

Kenya 2. Maurice Ouma Odhiambo summarizes the events of World Wetlands day: “We are in the Road to Communal suicide” says Former speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly and NEMA chair Mr. Francis Ole Kaparo during the World Wetlands day celebrated on the 2nd February 2011 at the Nakuru National Park gate. He then stated that every constitutional office holder has a constitutional responsibility that everyone lives in a clean environment and mentioned the Tana delta should be listed as a Ramsar site by the government. He also stated that there is a need to collaborate with all stakeholders in every wetland to develop management plans. The government should also map out all the wetlands in the country Kaparo declared amid applause from the wetland stakeholders present. On the Present Eucalyptus debate in Kenya, he said that the Eucalyptus plant should not be encouraged in the wetlands or upstream. During the entertainment, several schools which included Carol Academy, Afraha high school recited poems in line with the this year’s wetlands theme that forest have direct link to water and wetlands. Present during this year’s celebrations were, representatives from Kenya Wildlife Services, Nema, Kenya Forest Services. WRMA, IUCN, UNEP,UNDP, UB HABITAT among many others.

Lao 1. The attached files are press releases in local news papers related to all 3 events organised for World Wetlands Day: (1) the First National Committee Meeting for Wetland Management of Ramsar Convention on 31st Jan, (2) Deputy Prime Minister Message release on the 2nd of Feb, and (3) the World Wetlands Day ceremony in Bueng Kiat Ngong Ramsar site on the 5th Feb. All these events were co-organised between IUCN, WREA and local authorities, and thanks to all IUCN program staff for contributing their inputs into preparing the documents for both the national committee meeting and WWD ceremony, and assisting in the translation of the DDG Message. View articles.

Lao 2. World Wetlands Day 2011 was celebrated in Vientiane and in Beung Kiat Ngong Wetlands of the Champassak province, one of the first sites to be recognized under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. The government of Lao PDR organised a range of activities to recognize the importance of wetlands. Read full report.

Madagascar 1. Pour marquer la Journée mondiale des zones humides cette année, trois communes du District de Moramanga ont abrité des célébrations de zones humides: Andasibe, Andaingo et Moramanga. Ci-joint le rapport de leurs activités.

Madagascar 2. Les étudiants et les Formateurs de la Filière Environnement au sein de l'Institut de Formation Technique ont pu réaliser avec succès la célébration de la Journée mondiale des zones humides 2011. Cliquez ici pour voir le programme des activités.

Malaysia.Ms Wong Yun Yun from the Global Environment Centre writes: This year, for the first time, the Global Environment Centre (GEC) and Friends of Mangrove (Sahabat Hutan Bakau) collaborated with the only Chinese primary school (SJK(C) Yuk Hwa) in a fishing village known as Kuala Gula, to organise an environmental event to celebrate WWD 2011. View document here.

Marshall Islands, Rep. of. Julia Alik, Chief Education and Information Officer of the Marshal Islands Environmental Protection Authority writes: "the RMI EPA organized activities for the schools in Jaluit Atoll and Namdrik Atoll mainly to observe the World Wetlands Day 2011 event inlcuding a wetland essay and photo compeition ". View a newspaper article on their activities here .

Mauritius. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention and World Wetlands Day 2011 Goodlands State Secondary School organized a three week poster exhibition starting on the 2nd of February. View details/photos of event.

Mauritius 2. Vinehswar (Suraj) Gopal, Research and Development Officer (Wildlife) National Parks and Conservation Service Reduit, Mauritius writes: We are pleased to inform you that the World Wetlands Day was organised with much fervor in Mauritius. A brief report is submitted to the Convention and also ensuring that more activities are also planned. View brief.

México 1. Biol. Guadalupe Hernández Piedra escribe: Agradezco a todos su apoyo en este festival del Día mundial de los humedales 2011 y espero que el próximo año podamos celebrar el DMH 2012 llegando a más personas cumpliendo con los objetivos propuestos por RAMSAR. Ver el folleto de eventos.

México 2. En el marco del 2011 Año Internacional de los Bosques declarado por las Naciones Unidas y bajo el lema del Día Mundial de los Humdedales 2011 “Bosques para agua y humedales”, les invitamos a que visiten el interactivo que la Comisión Nacional Forestal publica en su portal de internet. (http://www.conafor.gob.mx/micrositios/Humedales/) Aprovecho la ocasión para recomendarles el folleto que este año la Convención Ramsar ha generado y que pueden descargar de forma gratuita en la página web http://www.ramsar.org/pdf/wwd/11/DMH2011-Folleto_sp.pdf

México 3. Biólogo Eugenio de Jesús Villanueva Franck, Coordinador de Programas del Parque Nacional Huatulco escribe: Es un privilegio anunciarles que Huatulco, Oaxaca, es la Sede Oficial de este magno evento, por lo que estamos trabajando muy fuerte para que esta celebración sea todo un éxito. Este evento se llevará a cabo del 31 de enero al 2 de febrero, denominándose FESTIVAL DE LOS HUMEDALES; se espera la presencia de representantes y Ministros de Medio Ambiente de 29 países (Partes contratantes), asi como la presencia del Presidente Municipal de Santa María Huatulco, C. Lorenzo Lavariega Arista, del Gobernador del Estado de Oaxaca, Lic. Gabino Cué Monteagudo, del Secretario de la SEMARNAT, M.C. Rafael Elvira Quesada y por supuesto la presencia del C. Presidente de la República, Lic. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, asi como personalildades muy destacadas en el ámbito ambiental, a nivel nacional e internacional. Ver folleto, ficha técnica/agenda.

México 4. Isabel Cárdenas Oteiza del Area Natural Protegida Estero El Salado escribe: En el marco de los festejos de la celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales, el Área Natural Protegida Estero El Salado, en conjunto con la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) y la Subdirección del Medio Ambiente y Ecología del H. Ayuntamiento de Puerto Vallarta realizaron diversas actividades para sensibilizar a la población de la Bahía de Banderas, en especial a jóvenes estudiantes, de la importancia de la conservación y restauración de estos ecosistemas. Ver el documento completo.

México 5. En la ciudad de Palenque y Catazajá; se llevo a cabo el festejo del Día Mundial de Los Humedales este 2 y 3 de febrero del 2011, con varios participantes. Ver informe de activados.

México 6. Para la Día Mundial de Los Humedales Maria Elena Rodriguez Hernandez enviamos material informativo de las celebraciones. Folleto aquí y fotos aquí.

México 7. Celebramos el Día de los Humedales en Palenque, Catazaja y La Libertad. Aquí.

Moldova. Dumitru Dumea writes: Please find attached a short report and some pictures from the World Wetland Day events in Moldova. View report.

Mozambique. Activities in all the provinces of Mozambique have been organized, involving the schools, and media. Click here for brochure.

Myanmar. The Myanmar Bird and Nature Society, BANCA, Birdlife and the Ministry of Japan jointly hosted a conference on the importance of wetlands in an attempt to raise awareness on world wetlands day. The event was hosted on Sunday the 6th of February instead of the traditional 2nd in order to receive more guests. Representatives from UNDP, FAO, Environmental NGO’s, 4 Universities in Yangon, related departmental authorities (forestry, livestock, fishery) and agricultural expert associations were all invited as well as leaving the event open to all interested persons. To view pictures of the event click here.

Myanmar 2. The Myanmar Times published this article on 21 February to go with the theme of World Wetlands Day 2011. View article.

Namibia. World Wetlands Day 2011 was celebrated at the Frans Dimbare Youth Centre in the Mukwe Constituency of the Kavango Region on 02 February 2011. The theme for the celebrations this year is “Forests for Water and Wetlands”. This theme was chosen especially as 2011 is the UN International year of Forests. View full report.

Nepal 1. The HKH BENSO and LYACC celebrated World Wetlands Day 2011 with the General Awareness Raising Program and Interaction Program supported by WWF Nepal, the Nepal Tourism Board and STN Nepal. The aim was to raise awareness about the connectivity between forests, wetlands and human beings and more than 1000 people attended the event. To view the activity report, click here.

Nepal 2. Proceedings of Graduates' Workshop on Wetlands, jointly organized by The Small Earth Nepal and Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University on 2 February 2011 are posted. Graduates’ Workshop on Wetlands was a great opportunity for graduate researchers, academics and policy makers to get together to learn, debate and share knowledge on wetlands of Nepal. WWF Nepal, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and National Lake Conservation Development Committee (NLCDC) supported the event. To read the full report click here.

Netherlands: World Wetlands Week 2011 The Netherlands celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention in October 2011 with a week of activites. The Netherlands has almost one million acres of wetlands, about 27% of the total area. These areas are important for safety, because they serve as water storage during periods of extreme rainfall. Above all, they are essential for migratory birds and fish. Roelof Heringa, Projectmanager & International Affairs Staatsbosbeheer & Eurosite Twinning Coordinator shares the Newsletter here.

New Zealand. Nardene Berry, Project Coordinator of the New Zealand Landcare Trust has shared the New Zealand National Wetland Trust Newsletter, attached here, that details on pages 4 and 5 many World Wetlands Day 2011 events across New Zealand, in the following locations: Auckland Council, Canterbury, Far North, Gisborne, Hamiton Zoo, Southland, Waikato, Waitakere and West Coast.  Please also see the articles on Waituna Lagoon, National Wetland Centre update, celebrating 40 years of Ramsar in 2011 across New Zealand, How to Restore a Wetland, Wetlands and Farming – a case for incentives, a Plant Profile of Bolboschoenus fluviatilis, Wetlands to Visit - Rakatu Wetlands, Southland, Natural Restoration at Te Hapua Wetlands – Kapiti Coast and much more.  See their website here for more info http://www.wetlandtrust.org.nz/

Nicaragua 1. René Pérez Torres Representante Legal Audubon escribe: Nos permitimos remitirle un pequeño informe de las actividades que realizamos en el Municipio de Tisma, Departamento de Masaya, Nicaragua, en celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales 2011. Ver informe.

Nicaragua 2. Martín Lezama de la Ecología y manejo de vida silvestre Managua, Nicaragua escribe: Reciban la primera publicación de este año 2011. Gracias por ayudarnos a re-distribuir. Ver boletín.

Oman. The sultanate of Oman marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention and World Wetlands Day 2011 by launching the Mangrove Trees Transplantation Campaign. A total of 1,000 mangrove seedlings were planted at Al-Qurm Nature Park Reserve and a cleaning campaign for the reserve saw contributions from over 200 participants from the Omani Woman’s Society in Muscat, Scouts and Guides, The American School and Al-Khansa’s Private School. To read the full report and view photos from the event click here.

Pakistan 1. The Ministry of Environment’s Pakistan Wetlands Program organized green celebrations and activities throughout Pakistan, with project sites including NAWC Gilgit, Chitral, MCWC Gwader, Jiwni, CIWC Kot Adu, Sukkar, SRWC Khabekki, WWF Pakistan, Indus for All Program, Keenjhar, Chotoari, Deh Akro, Karachi, Punjab Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and events in Islamabad. Approximately 65 public and private school participated with activities such as art competitions, essay competitions, story writing competitions, play performance, 3-D model display, poetry competitions, nature photography, speeches, sports competitions, and tree plantations. The events were covered extensively by both national and international media. Additionally Pakistan’s Wetland Program participated in a UNDP and planning commission seminar. View report, or for more pictures and information visit http://pakistanwetlands.org/webpages/wwd-11.html

Pakistan 2. Lincoln Corner Karachi celebrated "World Wetlands Day" with a guest speaker Dr. Najam Khurshid, RAMSAR Alumni & Environmentalist lecturing on "Forest for water and wetlands" for 30 O'level students from Beacon House School. Dr. Najam Khurshid provided presentations on environment & environmental movements such as Agenda 21, RAMSAR, and Mangroves action plan. He highlighted major environmental issues such as air pollution, droughts & vanishing wildlife. He then briefed how Protected Area Management Systems, through wild life sanctuaries, National Parks and game resources can play a vital role in saving the wetlands & forests and what impact these natural resources put can have. Children, inspired by his presentation, became enthusiastic to develop green societies in their schools. LCK coordinator introduced them to MLK day, GYSD toolkits & online resources like http://www.idealist.org/ & http://www.wiserearth.org to assist them in managing their activities. This programme invoked awareness of community services, wetlands, environmental glossary and introduced them to Lincoln Corner as a platform to develop their future activities. Photos.

Pakistan 3. The PAK–US Alumni Karachi chapter conducted a mangrove plantation activity on February 13th to commemorate World Wetlands Day. View report.

Pakistan 4. The Educators Al Hadi Campus Faisalabad celebrated World Wetlands day with a documentary viewing, Q & A sessions and informative posters. View report.

Pakistan 5. Sangat Development Foundation, Indus for all Program, WWF Pakistan and Sindh Wildlife organized a seminar in government high school Jamsahib in order to celebrate the World Wetlands Day at the site of Deh Akro-II desert wetlands complex, a Ramsar site containing 36 wetlands. View report.

Panama. Eunith Gonzalez Amores está escribiendo: “La celebración del Día Mundial de los Humedales 2011, fue organizada por el Grupo para la Investigación Tecnoecológica y la Conservación (G.I.TE.C.), en conjunto con el grupo Gemas de la Ciénaga de Las Macanas y los encargados del Área de Uso Múltiple Ciénaga de Las Macanas. La actividad se desarrolló el día viernes 11 de febrero de 2011, en El Rincón, Provincia de Herrera, donde resaltamos el 2011 como Año Internacional de Los Bosques, y el lema de este año de la Convención Ramsar “Bosques para Agua y Humedales”. PDF aquí

Papua New Guinea. Mr Robert Page writes: 'On behalf of Papua New Guinea, here is a message delivered by the Secretary of the Department of Environment & Conservation Dr. Wari Lea Iamo on World Wetlands Day Feb 2nd 2011. DEC also released a media article using social media and distributed it through all government departments, statutory offices and public relation offices including private enterprises'. PDF

Paraguay. El miércoles 2 de febrero de 2011, Guyra Paraguay celebró el “Día Mundial de los Humedales” cuyo lema fue “Bosques para Agua y Humedales”. La actividad se realizó en el local de “Un niño en tu camino” del Bañado Norte en la Bahía de Asunción. Estuvieron presentes representantes de la Asociación de Carreteros y Carreteras del Bañado Norte y público en general. Véase su informe ilustra aquí. Ver más información

Perú 1. Fidel Cueva Hinostroza presidente Nodo Junin Peru – Milset Amlat escribe: Si soy del Perú, el Nodo Junín y el Club de Ciencias Hasta las Estrellas se une a la celebracion del Día Mundial de los Humedales estamos trabajando en con los Humedal de Pucush Uclo Ojo del Mundo Chupaca Junín, espero que tomemos conciencia y asi puedan proteger los Humedales y Bosques aquí te envió el boletín N 2. Ver boletín.

Perú 2. Atilio Buendia Presidente MILSET AMLAT escribe: Envió saludos y a la vez agradecer tu mensaje, en lo referente al centro de interpretación, el Miércoles 2 de Febrero por el Día Mundial de los Humedales , en el Humedal de Puerto Viejo en Ing. Daniel Lovera ( Vice Rector Académico de la Universidad Nacional de Cañete) presentara la propuesta a la comunidad sobre la constitución del centro de interpretación en el Humedal de Puerto Viejo, aprovechando que en Chilca ( zona muy cercana al Humedal) se encuentra la Facultad de Ciencias Ambientales, espero que en algún momento contemos con su apoyo para lograr objetivos de conservación.Ver programa.

Perú 3. Antonio Tovar Narváez Facultad de Ciencias Forestales Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina envía el programa de actividades para el Día Mundial de los Humedales 201. Ver programa.

Perú 4. El día 02 de Febrero del 2011, la Direction General de Diversidad Biológica del Ministerio del Ambiente, Organizado conjuntamente con la Autoridad Nacional del Agua y el Servicio National de Areas Natural Protegidas por el Estado; el Fórum: “Día Mundial de los Humedales 2011: Bosques y Humedales”. Ver informe.

Perú 5. Día Mundial de los Humedales 2011, Humedal Lucre - Huacarpay, Sitio Ramsar Nº 1627, Cusco, Perú. Como cada año, el 02 de febrero día en que se celebra el Día Mundial de los Humedales, la Municipalidad de Lucre, el Gobierno Regional de Cusco a través de la Gerencia de Recursos Naturales y Gestión del Medio Ambiente y la Asociación ANDES, organizaron actividades diversas con la finalidad de que las nuevas autoridades en la región así como público en general puedan reflexionar sobre la importancia de los humedales, los bienes y servicios ecosistémicos que nos proporcionan, contextualizándose ello en el Humedal Lucre – Huacarpay. Aquí.

Philippines. The Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands Inc, organised their celebrations for World Wetlands Day around the concept of Wetlands Caravan, an evolving CEPA program of SCPW for wetland conservation. On 3 February 2011, activities including bird watching, community learning forums and a visit to the tree-pruners’ backyard nursery were scheduled. View report.

Poland. Ewa Wiatr of Biebrza National Park in Poland writes: 2011 World Wetlands Day in Biebrza National Park was addressed to students aged between 6 and 19, living in the immediate vicinity of the Park. The main event was held in Goniądz on 11 February. During this event students learned more about the richness and diversity of forests growing in the Biebrza valley as well as in the neighboring forest – Augustowski. Because the event was held just before the Valentine’s Day participants took a part in a quiz about mating habits of different mammals. WWD was also an excellent occasion to announce 2011 as Great Spotted Eagle Year in the Park. A similar event was held in another primary school in Dolistowo for pupils who live on the edges of the marshes where we focused on their knowledge about nature and marshes. Other schools cooperating with the Park were also invited to take a part in WWD through our web pages where educational materials were presented. WWD was a success for all and we were happy to host 260 pupils altogether. View photos.

Romania 1. Liliana Ivancenco from the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority- Tulcea /Romania Head of Environmental education, International Relations Department writes: Please find attached the report on activities organized by Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority to mark the World Wetlands Day 2011. View report.

Romania 2. The Gymnasium School number 5 of Tulcea has sent this message and photos of their activities on World Wetlands Day 2011. View document.

Samoa. To view the press release and brochure prepared by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program for World Wetlands Day 2011 follow the links http://www.sprep.org/article/news_detail.asp?id=885 and http://www.sprep.org/att/publication/000909_Wetlands_brochure.pdf

Additionally, two other articles were published in Samoa’s main newspapers http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31114:protect-our&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50 and http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31104:value-our&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

Senegal. Capitaine Abdou Salam KANE, Géographe environnementaliste/Conservateur des Parcs Nationaux, Chef de la Division Aires Marines Protégées et Zones humides, Point focal national de la Convention Ramsar sur les zones Humides d'importance internationale nous envoie ce message : "Je vous fais parvenir en annexe le Programme de la Célébration de la Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides ainsi que le projet de discours du Ministre d'État, Ministre de l'Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature, du dossier de presse destiné aux journalistes invités pour la couverture médiatique de l'événement. Le compte rendu de la journée ainsi que le film reportage et le bulletin des Parcs Nationaux consacré à la journée vous parviendront dès production".

Seychelles. Jean-Claude Labrosse of CEPA National Focal Point writes: Here in Seychelles, various activities are being organized to celebrate with the rest of the World. But the highlight of the activities will be the unveiling of the Ramsar site signboard at the High altitude Wetlands declared as a Ramsar Site last year. The “Mare Aux Cochons” Wetlands found within a protected area, nationally known for its vast biodiversity where one the World’s smallest frog can be found. Among other activities on the program there will be mangrove planting activities, handing over of a booklet on the Guide on Coastal and Mangroves activities in the Seychelles and documentaries on Wetlands conservation in the Seychelles Islands, focusing on the achievements and challenges.

Serbia. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar convention and World Wetlands Day 2011 the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, the Provincial Secretariat for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia and the Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province organised a photo exhibition in addition to speeches and presentations outlining the importance of wetland conservation. View full programme.

Slovenia & Croatia. For this year’s World Wetlands Day, representatives from both Slovenia and Croatia celebrated along the banks of the Mura River which marks the border between the two countries. View report.

South Africa. As reported in South Africa’s newsletter ‘The Gumboot’,  World Wetlands Day was celebrated in the Western Cape’s Bergrivier Municipality with an international delegation of mayors and deputy mayors from about 20 cities attending. Full report here PDF

South Africa 1. Lynley Main of Joburg, posted this article on the 26th of January to commemorate World Wetlands Day 2011. http://www.joburg.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6139&catid=88&Itemid=266

South Africa 2. Wally Mene of Planet South Africa sends this message for World Wetlands Day 2011. View full report here.  

Spain.
La Asociación laguna de Los Tollos está escribiendo: Hola, os mandamos un pequeño informe sobre las actividades realizadas para celebrar el Día Mundial de los Humedales y una breve descripción de la laguna de Los Tollos. Full report here PDF

Spain 1. David Howell, Coordinador de Políticas Ambientales writes: to inform you of our many activities organized for World Wetlands Day; see the following links: http://www.seo.org/home_articulo.cfm?id=5429: live broadcast on the main national radio morning programme (like the ‘Today’ programme on BBC Radio 4) from the newly-inaugurated SEO/BirdLife bird observatory at the water’s edge in Doñana. http://www.seo.org/media/docs/programacion_dmhu2011.pdf: programme of our events for the general public all over Spain, part-sponsored by Carrefour. http://www.seo.org/sala_detalle.cfm?idSala=5465: national SEO/BirdLife press release (there are many equivalent regional initiatives with the local press) http://www.seo.org/programa_intro.cfm?idPrograma=79: website of our wetlands campaign, with information about Spanish wetlands and downloadable pdfs of all the campaign materials. We are also involved in WWD celebrations in Morocco and Central/South America, through the international projects coordinated by our staff based here in Madrid.

Spain 2. Juan Angel Leiva Anes, Técnico Superior en Salud y Control Ambiental del Educador Ambiental escribe: hemos realizado diversas actividades con escolares de centros educativos de nuestra comarca (Avilés, Asturias). Fotos aquí.

Spain 3. Paula Camarero, Responsable Departamento de Educacion del Bioparc Valencia escribe: Estas actividades fueron organizadas por los miembros del departamento de educación: Paula Camarero, Isabel Martínez y Loli Gómez, con el apoyo de dos educadoras durante el desarrollo de las mismas: Amparo Mora y Laura Domenech. Folleto aquí.

Spain 4. El 6 Febrero para el Día Mundial de los Humedales con el material facilitado por Ramsar y con la colaboración de SEO- Sevilla y D. Francisco Ortas (profesor universitario y técnico de la Consejería de Medio Ambiente) hemos organizado una llevamos a cabo un taller de avistamiento de aves donde pudimos. Ver reporto.

Spain 5. Antonio Aguilar, Baex Rural, Consultoría Turística en Lantejuela, Tierra de Lagunas escribió: Les agradecemos el envío del material - la jornada fue un éxito. Pueden ver lo que se realizó en reportaje aquí.

Switzerland 1. To celebrate World Wetlands Day, La Maison de la Rivière hosted a booth in Geneva on Sunday February 6th 2011. Although in the middle of the winter, it was a very sunny day and many visitors were able to learn more about the invasive species of the Lake Geneva like the zebra mussel or the killer shrimp and about how fish are being tagged during studies. It was a very good opportunity to show some of the local actions being done in the region and we are looking forward to participate again next year. Read full document.

Switzerland 2. Trouvez ci-joint un article dans la presse romande suite à la conférence des médias au Muséum de Genève. Il est court, mais indique l'essentiel. Lire l’article.

Switzerland 3. C. Le Nedic, Biologiste/responsable de communication de l’Association de la Grande Cariçaie nous écrit : « Pour les 40 ans de la Convention de Ramsar, l'Association de la Grande Cariçaie a mis en place, en collaboration avec les Directions des écoles Yverdonnoises, un programme d'animations pour les classes des 4 établissements scolaires. Une quarantaine de classes sont inscrites et pourront découvrir entre autres la vie des batraciens, le rôle de la Grande Cariçaie pour les oiseaux d'eau hivernants, la vie des Lacustres, les fonctions de la Brigade du lac, etc. Nous avons mis en ligne un communiqué de presse à propos de cette action sur http://www.grande-caricaie.ch/spip/spip.php?article295 écrit par Verena Keller".

Switzerland 4. L’association « les Amis de l’Ile de Santay », avec le soutien du Réseau Environment de Genève a célébré la Journée mondiale des zones humides avec une exposition de photographies. Voir l’invitation.

Switzerland 5. Christophe Le Nédic, Biologiste et responsable communication du Groupe d'étude et de gestion (GEG) nous écrit : Ci-joint comme convenu le programme de notre Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides et quelques images de l'activité "oiseaux migrateurs" avec une classe du Collège de la Place-d'Arme à Yverdon-les-Bains. Pour voir la programmation de cet événement cliquez ici.

Switzerland 6. La Feuille d’Avis Officiel de la République et canton de Genève a publié cet article le Vendredi 4 Février pour sensibiliser à la Journée mondiale des zones humides. Lire article.

Tanzania. The Wildlife and Conservation Society of Tanzania organised a series of activities for World Wetlands Day 2011 spanning from the 28th of January till the 5th of February. Events included an annual waterfowl counts conducted by students and a wetlands exhibition in collaboration with the National Museum and House of Culture. View report.

Thailand. The Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST), BirdLife International in Thailand, and the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP, the Ramsar Administrative Authority) engaged in several celebrations on and around World Wetlands Day 2011. Their joint aim was to use these events to raise awareness with local communities about the value of the Khok Kham wetlands and the wildlife it sustains and thus win their support for its designation as a Ramsar Site. . Read the full report here.

Trinidad and Tobago. Patricia Turpin, President of Environment Tobago sends this message: Please find attached a PDF report on the activities for World Wetlands Day 2011. Celebrated in the Belle Garden Wetlands one of 17 wetlands of varying sizes on the Island of Tobago (the site of the Ramsar designated-Buccoo / Bon Accord lagoon complex). This year we focused on training, research and education in the communities surrounding the Belle Garden wetlands- Tobago. The site of the UNDP/GEF pilot project for wetlands, for the week around World Wetlands Day 2011. A positive and inspiring week. View report.

UK 1. To commemorate World Wetlands day The Lammas Land Defense Committee organized a scenic walk from Knotts Green across the Leyton Flats along the historical Walthamstow Slip taking the opportunity to do some bird watching and visiting a variety of historical and cultural landmarks, ending their tour in the pub for a Sunday roast. View report.

UK 2. As a celebration of World Wetlands Day, The Lord Mayor of York, the Rt Honourable Cllr. Susan Galloway and the Civic Party (Lady Mayoress, Sheriff and Sherriff’s Lady) of the internationally renowned historic walled City of York, England, wearing ceremonial regalia, marked World Wetlands Day by: releasing wildfowl ringed as part of international research and sending a message of goodwill and commitment to the people of the countries where birds from the Lower Derwent Valley, York have been recorded on migration. The Lord Mayor will also unveil a plaque to officially open the Lower Derwent Valley and Skipwith Common National Nature Reserves office. View full document.

USA 1. The Ohio state University hosted its annual open house celebration at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in celebration of World Wetlands dDy featuring an indoor museum walk, presentations of past and current research in aquatic sciences, presentations on wetlands around the world and tours of the ORWRP. To view brochure click here.

USA 2. Mike Caron writes: The students in the photo attend The University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University and Purdue University (Indiana). The latter were in Lawrence, Kansas to meet their Haskell classmates. The two universities have an on-line "real time" ecology class (graduate level) each year, co-taught by faculty from both institutions. They send the message: “Happy World Wetlands Day! It was "balmy" in Kansas”. View photo.

USA 3. The Caddo Lake Clearinghouse celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention and World Wetlands Day 2011 by organizing an activities day featuring speeches held at the Karnack Community Center in Karnack Texas. View brochure.
















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