The Ramsar Bulletin Board, April 2013

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Review of Statutory and Customary Law in the Xe Champhone Ramsar Site, Lao PDR

The office of IUCN Lao PDR has released a new publication entitled “Review of Statutory and Customary Law in the Xe Champhone Ramsar Site, Lao PDR - Implications for a rights-based approach to conservation” which examines the under-researched issue of customary law governing natural resources, including its relationship with statutory law. More [30/04/13]


UAE names a new Ramsar Site in Abu Dhabi

The government of the United Arab Emirates has designated its 4th Wetland of International Importance, the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve (500 hectares, 24°15’41”N 54°35’08”E) in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Read more here. (29/04/2013)


The Ramsar Convention appoints Dr Christopher Briggs as new Secretary General

The Ramsar Convention Standing Committee is pleased to announce that Dr Christopher Briggs has been appointed to, and has accepted, the position of Secretary General. He will be the fifth Secretary General to the Convention and will succeed Mr Tiéga Anada who has served the Convention for the past six years. Dr Briggs’ appointment was approved by the Ramsar Standing Committee during its 46th meeting held in Gland, Switzerland from 8-12 April 2013. Read more | français | Español [25/04/2013]


Tunisia inaugurates Ghar el Melh Wetlands Centre

In 2010, an agreement was signed between the General Directorate of Forests (DGF) and the National Heritage Institute (INP) of Tunisia, to reserve and equip part of the Fort located in the city of Ghar el Melh as a Wetlands Centre. Following this agreement, the government of Tunisia is inaugurating the Ghar el Melh Wetlands Centre today. Counting a total of 40 Ramsar Sites, Tunisia’s main objective for the creation of the Wetlands Centre is sensitization and education on the importance of conservation and wise use of wetlands. More [25/04/13]


Russian version of the Executive Summary of the TEEB for Water and Wetlands report now online

The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to share with you the Russian version of the executive summary of the Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Water and Wetlands Report. The full report, launched on 1 February 2013, presents insights on critical water-related ecosystem services in order to encourage additional policy momentum, business commitment, and investment in the conservation, restoration, and wise use of wetlands. It shows how recognizing, demonstrating, and capturing the values of ecosystem services related to water and wetlands can lead to better informed, more efficient, and fairer decision-making. Download the Russian version of the exec summary here (PDF).

We will add other language versions of the executive summary (Arabic and Chinese are being finalized) on this page www.ramsar.org/TEEB-report/ as soon as they are made available. [18/04/13]


Memorandum of Cooperation between Ramsar and Conservation International

As a result of the common goals of both Conservation International and the Ramsar Convention, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was signed between the two organisations during Ramsar Standing Committee meeting last week to provide a framework for future cooperation. The MoC will focus on a whole range of initiatives, including:

  • Development of a global “Watershed Health Index” that would synthesize information from GWOS and other sources, and would contribute towards the planned State of the World’s Wetlands reporting;
  • Development of a Global Wetland Observing System (GWOS), also in collaboration with Wetlands International;
  • Provision of scientific knowledge on thematic areas of work of the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) including, but not limited to, wetland status assessment, climate change, river basin management, and ecosystem valuation.


The MoC was signed by Mr. Anada Tiéga (Secretary General, Ramsar Convention) and Mr. Niels Crone (Chief Operating Officer, Conservation International). [15/04/13]



Four new Ramsar Sites for Belarus

The government of Belarus has designated four new Wetlands of International Importance, totaling an area of more than 100,000 hectares, for the Ramsar List. Brief summary descriptions of the new Ramsar Sites can be found here. [15/04/13]


Australia’s 65th Ramsar Site

The government of Australia has designated Piccaninnie Ponds Karst Wetlands (862 hectares, 38º03'S 140º56'E) on the South Australia coast as its 65th Wetland of International Importance. Read more here. [10/04/2013]


Montenegro’s second Ramsar Site

The Ramsar Secretariat is delighted to report that the government of Montenegro has designated Tivat Saline (Tivatska solila), a Special Flora and Fauna Reserve located in the coastal strip of Tivat Bay between the rivers Odoljenštica and Koložunja, as its second Wetland of International Importance. Read more. [10/04/13]


Ramsar Standing Committee week in Gland, Switzerland

The 46th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is taking place this week at the Ramsar Secretariat headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention is the intersessional executive body which represents the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) between its triennial meetings, within the framework of the decisions made by the COP.

The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties elected a new Standing Committee to oversee Convention matters during the period until the next COP, set for Uruguay in 2015. This week, the members of this new Standing Committee meet to discuss the Secretariat Work Plan for 2013, the recruitment of the next Secretary General, the preparations for COP12 in Uruguay, and the status of the redevelopment of the Ramsar Sites Information Service among other topics. See the full agenda here. [09/04/2013]


Two new coastal Ramsar Sites for Honduras

The Secretariat is very pleased to announce that, effective World Wetlands Day 2013, the government of Honduras has added two important new coastal sites to the Ramsar List. Honduras now has eight Wetlands of International Importance on the List, covering an area of 269,575 hectares. Read more. [09/04/2013]


South Africa names uMgeni Vlei Nature Reserve

The Secetariat is pleased to announce that the government of South Africa has designated the uMgeni Vlei Nature Reserve, a BirdLife Important Bird Area in KwaZulu-Natal province, as its 21st Ramsar Site. Read more. [08/04/2013]


First issue of this year's STRP newsletter available

Following the appointment of the new Scientific & Technical Review Panel (STRP) for the 2013-15 triennium, the 17th meeting of the STRP, and the launch of the TEEB for Water & Wetlands report, this year's first issue of the STRP Newsletter is packed with the latest STRP and wetland-related news!

You can download the Newsletter here to learn more about the work of the Panel and on-going wetland activities. Feel free to distribute this issue within your networks! [08/04/2013]


Three welcome new Ramsar Sites in Iceland

The government of Iceland, which designated its first site for the List of Wetlands of International Importance back in 1977, has recently added three more beautiful new Ramsar Sites to bring the national total to six. Site descriptions and some photos are here. (04/04/2013)


Signing of an Agreement of Cooperation for Prespa Net

A press release issued today announced that, on 29 March 2013, a transboundary Agreement of Cooperation was signed between three environmental NGOs from the three countries sharing the Prespa lakes. The Trilateral Prespa Park was first supported by the Ramsar Convention and inaugurated on World Wetlands Day 2000 by the three presidents of the three countries involved. Emphasizing that cooperation of civil society is essential for an integrated management of the Prespa lakes’ basin, the representatives of the following environmental NGOs - the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), the Association for the Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA), and the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) – came together in the Prespa village of Laimos, Greece, to officially lay the foundations of their environmental network for the region, called Prespa Net. The Greek Prespa Society was one of the first Ramsar Award winners in 1999. [03/04/2013] More

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