The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 2 April 2001

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Wetland management course set for Russia.Irina Kamennova reports that a National Training Course on the conservation and management of wetlands according to Ramsar principles will take place in Russia, with all costs and organization sponsored by the Wetlands International-Russia Programme with financial support from the Government of The Netherlands. The course description has been reprinted here, with two evocative photos of the site of the course excursion to the Cranes' Homeland. The description is in English, but not surprisingly the course will be conducted in Russian (eat your hearts out). [02/04/01]

Wetlands and cultural heritage management. The importance of people and their cultural heritage of wetlands has long been recognized by the Ramsar Convention. Recently, the Ramsar Bureau has been developing closer links with those involved in the cultural heritage management of wetlands, with whom there is much common ground on the objectives of wetland management. Amongst recent developments, Ramsar's Nick Davidson participated in the 2nd General Assembly, Strasbourg, 22-23 March 2001, of the Europae Archaeologiae Consilium (European Archaeological Council, EAC), a network of representatives of national and subnational cultural heritage management organizations and agencies, established in 1999 and currently representing 21 European countries. Here you will find Nick's informative report on the meetings and their significance for Ramsar; his Foreword to The Heritage Management of Wetlands in Europe, a splendid book which was launched at the meeting; his statement to the meeting congratulating the participants on the new book and stressing avenues of future cooperation; and a reprint of the "Strategy for the Heritage Management of Wetlands", which was adopted by the EAC General Assembly on 22 March. [27/03/01]

Ramsar unveils plans for subregional meetings before COP8. Ramsar meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties are traditionally very substantial affairs, with many technical and political issues under discussion and many resolutions and guidelines emerging at the end. Historically, in order to help the Parties prepare for these deliberations, regional and subregional meetings are held in advance of each COP. For COP8 (Valencia, November 2002), the Standing Committee has proposed an ambitious programme of ten subregional meetings for Africa, Asia, and the Neotropics and one pan-regional meeting for Europe. Standing Committee intends that the meetings will assess implementation of the Convention since COP7, provide training in the new National Reporting tool, reach consensus on regional inputs to the Draft Strategic Plan 2003-2008, evaluate experiences with implementation of Ramsar's cooperative agreements with other important MEAs, and suggest improvements to Ramsar's contributions to the regions. The Bureau has prepared a descriptive programme that details the likely dates and venue of each planned meeting and its objectives and intended participants, with indicative budgets, and is seeking financial support to be able to bring these eventsto fruition. Don't miss this one! [23/02/01]

Archeology in the Ramsar news again. The Deputy Secretary General, Dr Nick Davidson, will be attending the European Archaeological Council Board meeting, General Assembly, and 2nd EAC Heritage Management Symposium, on Cultural Landscapes & Sustainable Development, 21-23 March. During the meeting he will be discussing with EAC members the development of their wetland strategy and discussing a Memorandum of Cooperation with Ramsar, as well as their involvement in preparing the cultural issues activity for Ramsar COP8, and he will be speaking at the launch of their Heritage Management of Wetlandsbook (for which Nick has contributed the Foreword on behalf of Ramsar). EAC plan to distribute copies of the book to all European Ramsar focal points. [21/03/01]

Progress from PIANC's working group on wetland restoration. The 4th meeting of the working group on wetland restoration set up by the International Navigation Association (PIANC) -- "to raise awareness and to provide a technical guidance document targeted at engineers, scientists, developers and managers in the ports and navigation sector, to assist them in planning, design, construction, monitoring and management of fresh and saltwater wetlands, internationally" – was held in London, England, 13-16 March 2001. Here is Tobias Salathé's report on the event and the process of which it is a part. [21/03/01]

Wetland workshop in Myanmar. The Workshop on Wetland Conservation in Myanmar (Burma) was held at the Taw Win Convention Hall at the Forest Department, Yangon, Myanmar from 20 to 23 February 2001. Jointly sponsored by the Forest Department, Ministry of Forestry, Myanmar, and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, the workshop’s purpose was to discuss the current status on wetland management and conservation in the Union of Myanmar, and to recommend future actions on management, conservation and wise use of wetlands. Here's a little more detail, a summary of the workshop's recommendations, and a few photos. [19/3/01]

"Managing Ghana's Wetlands", Ghana's National Wetlands Conservation Strategy (1999), has been reprinted on this Web site, joining the texts of the national wetland policies or strategies of Australia, Canada, Greece, New Zealand, Spain, and Uganda. All of these are extremely worth reading by officials contemplating developing policies of their own. [12/03/01]

Wetlands and archaeology. Increasingly, the Convention on Wetlands has been turning its attention towards the management implications of the cultural, historical, and spiritual values of wetlands, in addition to the natural and economic values which have become fairly well documented. Thus, it is extraordinarily timely that one of the leading archaeological journals in English, Current Archaeology, has devoted its entire Issue No. 172 (February 2001), with support from English Heritage, to the many relationships between wetlands and archaeology. Just as wetlands decision-makers are coming increasingly to realize the unique archaeological importance of some of the wetlands in their charge, so too are archaeologists emphasizing the special preservation qualities of wetland environments. In a special section with contributions from Monica Kendall, Nick Davidson, David Bull, and Robert Van de Noort, archaeologists are asked to consider how best to use the Ramsar Convention to help ensure the protection of promising and important sites. Here's more info. [08/03/0¨1]

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