The Ramsar Bulletin Board, 31 October 2012


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New Assistant Advisor for Europe

After two years in the post of Assistant Advisor for Europe, Kati Wenzel is leaving Ramsar to work at the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. The Secretariat is pleased to introduce Laura Máiz-Tomé from Spain who is taking over from Kati. Laura has an interdisciplinary background in environmental social sciences. She graduated in Politics from Keele University in 2009, where she focused on the field of environmental policy. Laura has a Master in Management of Natural Protected Areas from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Master of Science in Environmental Assessment and Management from the University of East Anglia. For the first six months of 2012, Laura worked as an intern in the IUCN EURO Office in Brussels. Laura has also had a traineeship in the Observatory of Global Change in Sierra Nevada National Park (Spain). And right before taking up her post at Ramsar, Laura has had a three-month internship in the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park.

We wish Kati every success in her future career and welcome Laura to Gland. [31/10/12] 

Rio Conventions Pavilion TV, CBD COP11 (18/10/2012) – Watch an interview with Anada Tiéga, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, explaining the importance of protecting wetlands and why it must be done multilaterally. "Tiéga affirms that when healthy, wetlands improve human health, agriculture, food security, energy production and tourism. He also emphasises that a long term, multilateral approach to wetland conservation is essential." Click here to watch the interview. [25/10/12]

Notification of call for the nomination of candidates to serve as Chairperson and members of the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) for the 2013-2015 triennium

The Ramsar Secretariat has today issued the call for nominations for the Chairperson and members of the STRP for the next triennium. Under the terms of the STRP modus operandi, nominations can be made by representatives of the Convention’s national Administrative Authority, STRP National Focal Points, and the current members, invited experts and observer organization representatives of the STRP. The deadline for submission of nominations is 30 November 2012. The full text of the call for nominations, a guidance note for nominators and nominees, and the forms to be completed by a nominator and nominee are available on the STRP pages here. [24/10/2012]

Vacancy at the Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat

The East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) is seeking a Science Officer who will be working at the Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Applications should be sent by no later than 6:00 pm (Seoul time) on Friday 16 November 2012. Click here for more details [24/10/12]

Small Grant Fund Project: “Effective Management of Ramsar Sites in Turkey”

The project conducted by Doğa Derneği (Birdlife Turkey) set out to explore the existing wetland management structures in Turkey by arranging several meetings with different stakeholders involved in these processes. The results of these consultations were applied to the case of Ramsar Site Kizilirmak Delta which served as a pilot site. In additional discussions with key decision makers and other stakeholders, all parties agreed that the establishment of a technical commission (also comprising farmers and other land users) in addition to the already existing local Wetland Commission would be beneficial. More [23/10/2012]

New interactive maps on the Ramsar Sites Information Service (RSIS)

Are you looking for a map of Contracting Parties showing the number of Ramsar Sites per country for a PowerPoint presentation or a report? A user-friendly tool, available on the RSIS since January 2012, helps you to build maps according to your needs.

New options have recently been added: visit the new version of the dynamic maps now! Data export is made easy in jpeg or png formats, new data available (Ramsar criteria, wetland types), different colours available and more categories can now be displayed: you can now easily customize your maps! [22/10/2012] - By Alexia Dufour, Regional Affairs Officer


 Who's Where?

Lew Young, Senior Regional Advisor for Asia – Oceania will be on a Ramsar Advisory Mission to visit the Taunsa Barrage and the Indus Dolphin Reserve Ramsar Sites in Pakistan from 29 October to 6 November. He will then be in Pokhara, Nepal from 7 to 13 November to attend the International Wetland Symposium as well as meetings with the Administrative Authority and other stakeholders. [29/10/12]

Sandra Hails, CEPA Programme Officer will be attending a CMS/AEWA workshop on the development of capacity building tools for National Focal Points from 1-2 November in Bonn, Germany. [29/10/12]

SG Anada Tiéga and Monica Zavagli, Scientific & Technical Support Officer, are attending the "International Conference on hydro-diplomacy - A Tool for Sharing Water Across Borders" in Chiang Rai, Thailand, from 31 October to 1 November. [29/10/12]

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



Training kits on wetlands in the Masters programmes in Environment and Protected Areas, Senghor University, Alexandria

Following the request some Contracting Parties made at Ramsar COP11 (Bucharest, Romania, July 2012), in the presence of the representative of the Senghor University, the African team of the Ramsar Secretariat and the Department of Environment of the Senghor University of Alexandria are about to integrate several training kits on Wetlands in the Masters programmes in Environment and Protected Areas.

From 29 September to 11 October 2012, Paul Ouédraogo, Senior Regional Advisor for Africa introduced two Training Kits in the course on Protected Areas and Wetlands, for which he has been lecturing as an Associate Professor since 2008, at the Senghor University. The kits introduced were “Concepts of Migration Flyways for Conservation and the wise use of waterbirds and wetlands” and the “Manual of country National Focal Points for the Ramsar Convention”. At the end of the course, Dr Martin Yelkouni, Director of the Department of Environment of the Senghor University and 4 students were interviewed to evaluate their appreciation of these two kits”. Read here the full report prepared by Paul Ouédraogo | French version here (PDF). [21/10/2012]

Hyderabad Call for a Concerted Effort on Ecosystem Restoration

The Governments of India, the Republic of Korea and South Africa, the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), organised the Ecosystem Restoration Day yesterday at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, on the margins of CBD COP11 held in Hyderabad, India. Read more [18/10/12]

Urgent need to focus on ecosystems as natural solutions to global water management challenges

At CBD COP11, Ramsar's DSG urges a major shift in our attitudes to wetlands, to recognize their major value in delivering water for maintaining people’s livelihoods and the world’s economies.

In an interview for Climate TV at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP11 in Hyderabad, India, Ramsar's DSG Prof Nick Davidson describes the huge but greatly under-recognised value of inland and coastal wetlands for the benefits they provide to people throughout the world, and the increasing importance of maintaining and restoring our remaining wetlands for all sectors of society. Read more [17/10/2012]

Philippines names subterranean river Ramsar Site

The government of Philippines has chosen as its fifth Wetland of International Importance the extremely interesting Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, which is already a UNESCO World Heritage Site and MAB Biosphere Reserve. The site connects a range of important ecosystems from the mountain-to-the-sea, including a limestone karst landscape with a complex cave system, mangrove forests, lowland evergreen tropical rainforests, and freshwater swamps. Read more (with photos). [15/10/2012]

Kazakhstan designates the Lesser Aral Sea

The Ramsar Secretariat is delighted to announce that the government of Kazakhstan, in designating its 10th Wetland of International Importance, has named the Lesser Aral Sea and Delta of the Syrdarya River (330,000 hectares, 46°20’50”N 061°00’09”E). The site covers the eastern part of the Lesser Aral Sea, including Saryshyganak Bay and the mouth of the Syrdarya River, with a number of lakes at the northeastern end of the Aral Depression. Here are a site description and photographs. [12/10/2012]

Tana River Delta added to the Ramsar List

The Secretariat is very pleased to announce that Kenya has designated the Tana River Delta as a Wetland of International Importance. As summarized by Ramsar’s MS Ako Charlotte Eyong, from the accompanying RIS, the Tana River Delta Ramsar Site (163,600 hectares, 02°27’S 040°17’E) is the second most important estuarine and deltaic ecosystem in Eastern Africa. A summary description can be seen here. [12/10/2012]

Vacancy at Ramsar Secretariat for Intern/Assistant to the Senior Advisor for the Americas Region

[11/10/2012] - The Ramsar Secretariat welcomes applications for the position of Intern/Assistant Advisor for the Americas region, a 12-month posting (possibly extendable up to 18 months) in the Ramsar Secretariat in Switzerland to begin in mid-January 2013.

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, provides administrative services for the Ramsar Convention, and more information and online application for this post is available on the IUCN website at:

The deadline for applications is 7 November 2012. Note: A candidate should SUBMIT HIS/HER APPLICATION ONLINE, USING THE LINK ABOVE. No other method of application will be considered.

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Tunisia assesses its implementation of the Ramsar Convention and launches the removal process of Ichkeul from the Montreux Record

A workshop on the Implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Tunisia was organised by the Tunisian General Directorate of Forestry and WWF Tunisia on 21 September 2012, with the ultimate goal to have a round table discussion with all wetland actors in order to examine the current implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Tunisia and officially launch the removal process of Ichkeul, the first Tunisian site, from the Montreux Record. This brought together over 50 Tunisian wetland actors including government agencies, associations from the Tunisian wetlands Network (TunWet), the Ramsar Secretariat, WWF International, the media and the general public. More [11/10/12]

Cambodia’s recent RIS updates

In order to provide the most up-to-date wetland data possible, the Convention’s Contracting Parties have committed to updating their Ramsar Information Sheets (RIS) on all of their Ramsar Sites at least every six years. With the assistance of a 2010 Ramsar Small Grants Project “Strengthening and Expanding the Ramsar Site Network in Cambodia”, implemented by the BirdLife International Cambodia Programme Office, the Cambodian Ministry of Environment has recently updated its RISs for the Boeng Chhmar and Koh Kapik Ramsar Sites. Site summaries here. [11/10/2012]

Ramsar Secretariat reports to CBD COP11 in Hyderabad on recent developments in its lead implementation role for wetlands for the CBD

[10/10/12] - In line with the Ramsar Convention’s lead implementation role on wetlands for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the 5th Ramsar/CBD Joint Work Plan 2011-2020, today Ramsar’s Deputy Secretary General Nick Davidson reported to CBD COP11 in Hyderabad, India on the findings of two key current initiatives on:

  1. the role, importance and value of wetlands and other ecosystems in the global water cycle in managing and delivering water supply and quality to people and nature – and
  2. the implications of their findings for CBD needing to give more attention to treating water as a key common theme in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its 20 “Aichi Targets”.

Ramsar, along with all biodiversity-related conventions, have committed to working together to jointly implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity adopted at CBD COP10 in 2010.

» Text of the DSG’s short report [PDF]

» TEEB Water and Wetlands consultation draft report [PDF]

Ramsar is participating in “Livelihoods Day” this Friday at CBD COP11 in Hyderabad

The Ramsar Convention, IUCN and the Livelihoods Fund are jointly organising “Livelihoods Day” on 12 October (11:00; Rio Pavilion) at the 11th Conference of the Parties of the Convention of Biology Diversity in Hyderabad, India.

Livelihoods depend on biological diversity for food security, fuel, health, provision of clean air and water, etc. Local communities thus play a significant role in conserving but also damaging the biological diversity of their environment. The conservation of natural resources will not be possible if rural communities are not fully involved and do not see the benefit of such conservation. The increase in demand for food as a result of world population growth, combined with the challenges of climate change and loss of biodiversity, call for a profound change in mindset. This change has already begun. More [10/10/12]

 Congo designates three large new sites

The Republic of Congo's three latest Ramsar Site designations - Ntokou-Pikounda, Odzala Kokoua, and Vallée du Niari - bring that Contracting Party's total area of coverage under the Convention to 11,335,259 with 10 sites, the third largest total worldwide, after Canada and Chad. The preparations for these new additions to the List were assisted by financial support from the WWF International Freshwater programme. Brief summary descriptions of the new sites have been prepared for the Annotated Ramsar List by Ms. Ako Charlotte Eyong, Ramsar's Assistant Advisor for Africa, based upon the datasheets submitted with the designation letters. Read more. [09/10/2012]

Conserving Fiji's wetlands

Fiji is one of the Pacific’s 'Large Ocean Island States'. Of the country’s total area of 198,000km2, only 10% is made up of land and this is divided between over 840 islands and islets. The country therefore has a relatively long coastline which supports a wide range of coastal wetland types, e.g. mangrove forests, sea-grass beds, tidal flats and coral reefs, with a rich biodiversity. More [09/10/12]

Release of Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management, first issue of a Special Publication Series by the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

The purpose of this manual is to assist coastal managers and field workers with local control and research efforts for invasive lionfish. "Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management provides best practices for lionfish control and management, including control strategies, outreach and education, research, monitoring, legal considerations, and ideas for securing resources and partnerships. By following these best practices, resource managers can reduce the local impacts of invasive lionfish in marine protected areas and other places of ecological and economic importance." (From the back cover).

To view or download a free copy please visit: Spanish and French translations coming soon. [08/10/12] 

“Les Ateliers de la Terre” workshop days: an inspiring think tank for sustainable development

Created in 2006, “Les Ateliers de la Terre”/Planet Workshops is an international forum for a sustainable development that took place from 24 to 26 September in Evian, France. Members of the Secretariat could share and promote ideas on sustainable water management with the other 800 participants during wide-ranging sessions on sustainable development issues.

The theme of the conference, “Age of co-construction or triumph of competition?” was intensively discussed through presentations of innovative management partnerships between the public and the private sector; initiatives with a positive social and environmental impact; strategic and expert insights on responsible economy, social progress and the conservation of the environment among other topics. [08/10/12]

More information and video clips of the debates and sessions can be viewed here:

First stocktaking exercise of progress made ‘on the road to’ the 2020 target

The European BirdLife Partnership has just published an assessment of the progress towards the targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. The strategy aims to reverse the loss of biodiversity and ecosystems services by 2020. This is the first of BirdLife’s planned assessments of the strategy implementation and provides a review of progress made in the first two years in the delivery of the six key targets in the strategy (nature conservation; saving and restoring ecosystems; agriculture and forests; fisheries, invasive alien species and global biodiversity).

Find out if the biodiversity in EU countries is really On the Road to Recovery? in BirdLife’s full report and one-page executive summary here (also available in French). [04/10/12]

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