The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 31 August 2012


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New guide identifies most effective water tools

Water for Business, a new guide specifically designed for businesses to help them identify water tools and initiatives most suitable for business needs and environmental sustainability was released on 20 August by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), and SustainAbility.

This third edition, which is available online here (, will help businesses to use water more effectively and support their efforts in adopting more sustainable solutions in partnership with other stakeholders. "One initiative alone will not satisfy the needs of every business, local community or stakeholder group [but the guide] outlines the benefits of the different tools available and illustrates how a combination of complementary tools can best meet wide ranging needs." (Source: WBCSD website) [29/08/2012]

 Who's Where?


From 6-12 September DSG Nick Davidson is representing the Secretariat at the IUCN World Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

For more old Ramsar Secretariat travel news, see also 'Who Was Where', 2000
, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 , 2012

Yesterday's News 

France's new Ramsar Site in the Mozambique Channel

The government of France has designated its 42nd Wetland of International Importance, an exceptionally interesting low-lying island in the Mozambique Channel, with a central lagoon enclosed by mangroves, and surrounding waters: Île d'Europa (Terres Australes et Antarctiques françaises). Read more about it here (with photos). [27/08/2012]

Marshall Islands lists near-pristine atoll

The government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has designated an exceptional atoll that is part of that country's Ralik Chain, and lies some 390 kilometres southwest of the capital city Majuro: Namdrik Atoll (1,119 hectares, 05°37'00N 168°06'30"E) consists of two wooded islands with an extensive reef flat lying between them. Read more. [24/08/12]

Andorra joins the Ramsar community

The Secretariat is very pleased to announce that the European state of Andorra has deposited its instrument of accession to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands with the Director-General of UNESCO as of 23 July 2012. In accordance with the Convention’s Article 10.2, the Convention will enter into force for Andorra on 23 November 2012. The new Party has designated Parc naturel de la vallée de Sorteny, in Ordino parish, as its first wetland to be included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance. The Secretariat welcomes Andorra as its 163rd Contracting Party and the Parc naturel de la vallée de Sorteny as its 2,049th Wetland of International Importance. Read more here. [23/08/2012]

Argentina names World Heritage Site to the Ramsar List

The government of Argentina has designated its 21st Wetland of International Importance, called the Humedales de Península Valdés (42,695 hectares, 42°30’00”S 064°20’00”W), comprising two coastal sub-sites along the gulfs on either side of the Valdés peninsula in Patagonia, within the much larger Península Valdés World Heritage property that was inscribed in the UNESCO list in 1999. Read more. [22/08/12]

Ramsar mourns the loss of an outstanding wetland conservationist in Europe

For many years Martin Schneider-Jacoby, working for the German-based Euronatur Foundation, cooperated with the Ramsar Secretariat for better wetland management in South-Eastern Europe. More [21/08/12]

Spain's 74th Ramsar Site

The paperwork has been completed for the designation of Spain's 74th Wetland of International Importance - Lagunas de Ruidera (6,639 hectares, 38°56'23"N 002°51'35"W), a 25 km long chain of natural dams creating a lagoon complex interconnected by beautiful waterfalls and karst formations. Read more. [19/08/12]

Publication on Global Interflyway Network launched at Ramsar COP 
Bonn, 27 July 2012 - A new publication on migratory birds’ migration routes was launched at the Ramsar COP 11, which took place in Bucharest from 6-13 July 2012. BirdLife International, the East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), the Ramsar Convention, Wetlands International, and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) joined hands to present the publication entitled Outcomes of the 2011 Global Waterbird Flyways Workshop. Read the CMS Press Release here. [13/08/12]

Post-COP STRP Newsletter now available

The new edition of the Newsletter of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel is now available. Prepared by the Convention's Scientific and Technical Support Officer, Monica Zavagli, the new issue features a cover article by STRP member Randy Milton and a thorough wrap-up on the outcomes of the recently concluded Conference of the Contracting Parties, as well as news of new Ramsar and Ramsar-related publications, agreements signed, upcoming meetings, and useful addresses. Here it is (PDF). [09/08/12]

Cameroon's latest Ramsar Sites

The government of Cameroon has increased its number of Wetlands of International Importance by designating two rich new sites for the Ramsar List. Ramsar's Assistant Advisor for Africa, Ms Ako Charlotte Eyong, has summarized from the Ramsar Information Sheets these brief site descriptions of Partie Camerounaise du fleuve Ntem (39,848 hectares) and Zone Humide d'Ebogo (3,097 hectares). Read more. [06/08/12]

Romania names four new Ramsar Sites

As announced during ceremonies at the recently-concluded 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Bucharest, the government of Romania has designated four new sites for the List of Wetlands of International Importance. As summarized by Ramsar's Assistant Advisor for Europe, Ms Kati Wenzel, based upon the Ramsar Information Sheets that accompany every site designation, all four new sites are associated with the Danube River and all are exceptionally important for waterbirds. In addition, the preparations for all four designations have been greatly supported by Ramsar's International Organization Partner WWF International through its Danube Carpathian Programme. Site descriptions. [01/08/12]

Sava River Commission promotes ecotourism with the help of Ramsar Sites

An international workshop on the “development of ecotourism in the context of crossborder cooperation” took place on 20-21 June 2012 at the shores of the Sava river in Slavonski Brod (Croatia). It was organised by the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC), with support from the Regional Environment Center (REC) in Croatia, the US Embassy in Zagreb, and the Coca-Cola Ltd. company. More [31/07/12]

COP11 at a glance | La COP11 en quelques images | COP 11 en imágenes

Watch the most memorable moments from this year’s Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention in Bucharest, Romania by clicking on this link:

Le petit film suivant présente les meilleurs moments de la dernière Conférence des Parties contractantes de la Convention de Ramsar à Bucarest, en Roumanie :

Contemplen los momentos más memorables de la Conferencia de las Partes en la Convención de Ramsar celebrada este año en Bucarest (Rumania) pulsando en este enlace:

Aldabra Atoll Ramsar Site runs with sustainable solar energy

The Aldabra Atoll Ramsar and World Heritage Site is now home to Seychelles’ largest off-grid renewable energy system. Matthew Harper, Outreach and Awareness Coordinator, Seychelles Islands Foundation reports that for the last two months the atoll’s electricity needs have been almost 100% solar energy supplied thanks to the completion of a project to put Aldabra’s electricity needs on a sustainable basis. More [25/07/12]

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