The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 4 September 2000
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Lake Chad Basin Commission update. The Presidents of Chad, Niger, and Nigeria, and high-level representatives of the Presidents of Cameroon and the Central Africa Republic met 28 July 2000 in N'Djamena for the 10th summit meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, with the President of Sudan participating as an observer, and took a long step forward in ensuring a sustainable future for Lake Chad and its large catchment. SFR 40,000 grants have recently been awarded or are planned for each of the Commission Member States by the World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) Living Waters Campaign to assist in the designation of related Ramsar sites in each of them, and a Global Environment Facility (GEF) project has been approved specifically for Ramsar designation and an appropriate management plan for Lake Chad and its basin. The LCBC Heads of State agreed a Final Communique welcoming the Ramsar, WWF, and GEF initiatives and calling for further donor support, and issued a memorandum declaring all of Lake Chad as a transboundary Ramsar site as soon as the relevant studies can be completed. Here is our reprint of the Final Communique in English and French. [4/9/00]
Tracts acquired for USA Ramsar site. Ducks Unlimited is taking a lead role in the acquisition and restoration of two tracts of land, including Raft Creek, 4,165 acres, which is part of the White River ecosystem, and the Hatchiecoon tract, consisting of 900 acres, both included within the Cache-Lower White Rivers Ramsar site (81,376 hectares, designated November 1989) in the midwestern state of Arkansas, USA. The two tracts support one of the largest concentrations of wintering waterfowl in Arkansas. Other partners in this public-private cooperative initiative include the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Wild Turkey Federation, and numerous private donors. More detail is available in this announcement to the Ramsar Forum. [31/8/00]
Final Communique of the Lake Chad Basin Commission's heads of state summit meeting; Announcement of Okinawa Workshop for Asia-Pacific Strategy; The Deputy Secretary General's address on MedWet and AEWA, delivered to the Quebec 2000 INTECOL symposium on migratory bird programs. [4/9/00]
Asia-Pacific waterbird workshop set for Okinawa, October 2000. In the "Brisbane Initiative" (Recommendation 6.4, Ramsar COP6, 1996), the Contracting Parties urged member States in the region to implement the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy 1996-2000 and launched the Shorebird Network. Recommendation 7.3 (Ramsar COP7, 1999) called for greater multilateral cooperation on the conservation of migratory waterbirds in the Asia-Pacific region and encouraged the Parties to develop a multilateral agreement or other arrangement to provide for the long-term conservation framework for migratory waterbirds and their habitats. Major achievements of the1996-2000 Strategy have been the launch of the Crane Network in 1997 at Beidaihe, China, and the Anatidae Network in 1999 at San Jose, Costa Rica, during COP7. Now, as Taej Mundkur, Interim Executive Director of Wetlands International-Asia Pacific, reports to the Ramsar Forum, a workshop sponsored by Environment Agency of Japan, Environment Australia, and Wetlands International is planned for Okinawa, Japan, in October 2000 in order to assess the progress of the existing Strategy and endorse the final draft of the 2001-2005 Strategy and new Action Plans for three waterbird species groups. Here is the text of the announcement. [28/8/00]
The United Kingdom designates four new Ramsar sites. The UK has named four new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing the UK's total number of Ramsar sites to 155: Black Bog (183 hectares), Northern Ireland, one of the two largest intact active bogs in Northern Ireland with hummock and hollow pool complexes; it represents one of the best examples of this habitat type in the UK. Fairy Water Bogs (224 ha), Northern Ireland, an area of particular interest because it is considered to comprise the most important concentration of lowland raised bogs in Northern Ireland. As other bog complexes in Northern Ireland have suffered much more severe exploitation, the overall extent of intact bog make this complex unique. Slieve Beagh (1885 ha), Northern Ireland, a large and relatively intact example of a blanket bog and one of the best examples of this habitat in the UK. It also contains nationally important examples of transitional and alkaline fen and oligotrophic/mesotrophic lakes. Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary (6923 ha), Scotland, a complex of estuarine and coastal habitats in eastern Scotland. The site includes extensive invertebrate-rich intertidal mudflats and sandflats created by the massive sediment load deposited by the River Tay. Also present are large areas of reedbed and sand-dune and a small amount of saltmarsh. The site supports an internationally important populations of several species of wintering waterfowl. [25/8/00]
US National Ramsar Committee announces small grants programme. The US National Ramsar Committee, composed of leading non-governmental organizations concerned with wetland conservation and wise use, has announced a new Small Grants Program to assist wetlands conservation and awareness at and adjacent to U.S. Ramsar sites. The announcement can be read on this Web site. [23/8/00]