The Ramsar Bulletin Board, January 2013

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The USA names important West Coast site

The United States has named the San Francisco Bay/Estuary (SFBE) (158,711 ha; 37°52'N 122°23'W) as its 35th Wetland of International Importance, effective on World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2013. Read more. [30/01/2013]

More new Ramsar Sites for WWD

In the run-up to World Wetlands Day 2013 on 2 February, four more new Wetlands of International Importance have been added to the Ramsar List, from Dominican Republic, Portugal, and 2 from Tunisia respectively, and in addition significant extensions have been made to the areas of United Kingdom's The Dee Estuary and El Salvador's Área Natural Protegida Laguna El Jocotal. Follow the links for more details. [29/01/2013]

Zimbabwe's accession to the Ramsar Convention

The Ramsar Secretariat is delighted to welcome Zimbabwe to the Ramsar family as its 164th Contracting Party. UNESCO has confirmed that the instrument of accession and the names and maps of seven Wetlands of International Importance (Victoria Falls National Park, Mana Pools, Monavale Wetland, Lake Chivero and Manyame, Driefontein Grasslands, Chinhoyi Caves, and Cleveland Dam) were received on 3 January 2013, so that the Convention will come into force for Zimbabwe on 3rd May of this year. The Ramsar Information Sheets for these new sites are still being prepared by the government, and we will be posting more details as soon as they are made available. [28/01/13]

Four new Ramsar Sites in Ecuador

The Secretariat is very pleased to report that the government of Ecuador has added four new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its present total to 18 sites covering 286,651 hectares. Three of the new sites are high Andean ecosystems at 3,000m asl or above, and the fourth is an area of coastal mangrove forest in proximity to the city of Guayaquil. Two of the new Ramsar Sites are part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Podocarpus-El Cóndor (2007). More details. [28/01/2013]

Sri Lanka's Wilpattu Ramsar Wetland Cluster

The Secretariat is very pleased to announce the listing of Sri Lanka's sixth Wetland of International Importance, effective on World Wetlands Day at the end of this week. As summarized by Ramsar's Nessrine Alzahlawi, Wilpattu Ramsar Wetland Cluster (165,800 hectares, 08º32'27"N 080º10'01"E) encompasses all of Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu meaning 'Land of Lakes'), declared in 1938. Additional details. [28/01/2013]

The loss of Professor Matthews

It is with great sadness that the friends of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands have learned of the passing of Professor Geoffrey Matthews at the age of 89, a long-time advocate for wetland and waterbird conservation and recognized as one of the four "Founding Fathers" of the Convention. A tribute with photographs. [26/01/2013]

Tunisia celebrates the birthday of Dr Luc Hoffmann

The government of Tunisia has marked the 90th birthday of Dr Luc Hoffmann, one of the "Founding Fathers" of the Ramsar Convention and co-founder of WWF, by designating an important new Wetland of International Importance, the Complexe Lac de Tunis. The details are here. [24/01/2013]

WWD activities in France: Programme available online

Only a few days left now until 2nd of February! To encourage you in your preparations and get some ideas for your activities, here is the booklet produced by LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux) and Evian France, in collaboration with Ramsar: (in French). LPO's activities for WWD in France: [23/01/13]

Appointment of Ramsar’s Scientific & Technical Review Panel (STRP) for 2013-1015

The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce that the STRP Oversight Committee has made the appointments of the Chairs, members and invited experts of the Scientific & Technical Review Panel (STRP). The first meeting of the Panel for this triennium will be in Gland, Switzerland from 25 February to 1 March 2013. At this meeting the Panel will develop its proposed work plan to respond to the tasks requested of it by Parties at COP11 in Resolution XI.17. This meeting of the Panel will also include participation by representatives of a number of observer organizations recognized by Resolution XI.18. Click here to view the membership of the Panel for 2013-2015. [22/01/13]

Georges Henry Oueda's death: A loss to water birds conservation efforts in Burkina

Georges Henry Oueda (Photo courtesy: NATURAMA)

It is with great sadness that the Ramsar Secretariat learnt of the death of Georges Henry Oueda. Mr Oueda was the Coordinator of IBA Monitoring of NATURAMA in Burkina Faso, and Ramsar's NGO CEPA Focal Point. He will be remembered as one of Burkina’s ornithologists by the entire Ramsar family.

Ramsar's Senior Advisor for Africa, Paul Ouedraogo, knew him personally. Mr Ouedraogo notes that "Georges was instrumental in preparing the Ramsar Information Sheet for several Ramsar Sites especially in Burkina ... He attended the last African Regional Meeting in Ouagadougou to prepare Ramsar COP11 and we discussed a collaborative process on CEPA strategy in West Africa. His death is a big loss for water birds conservation in Burkina." The Ramsar Secretariat sends Georges´s family, colleagues and friends, its most sincere condolences for this sad loss. [21/01/13]

Ramsar mourns the loss of Prof. Tsujii

The Ramsar Secretariat has received the sad news that Professor Tatsuichi Tsujii, winner of the Ramsar Award for Science in 2012, passed away on 15 January.

The Ramsar community pays tribute to a great scientist and humanist and will remember Prof. Tsujii for his immense contribution to the understanding and conservation of wetland resources, in Japan and internationally. His achievements have supported the work and principles of the Convention at many levels. Examples include his leadership role in the restoration and management of the emblematic Kushiro Shitsugen Ramsar Site, as well as his strategic contribution to restoration work at another famous Ramsar Site: Chilika Lake in India. Prof. Tsujii was also interested in the traditions and cultures associated with wetlands and the use of their resources. In 2012 he co-edited a book on this subject, which he leaves as a legacy and testimony to his open-mindedness and broad vision.

Prof. Tsujii was President of Wetlands International Japan and of the Hokkaido Environment Foundation. The Ramsar Secretariat sends Prof. Tsujii´s family, colleagues and friends, its most sincere condolences for this sad loss. [17/01/13]

Mangrove rehabilitation and replanting project for Namdrik and Jaluit Atolls Ramsar Sites, Marshall Islands

A report by Vainuupo Jungblut, Ramsar Programme Officer - Oceania

A mangrove rehabilitation and replanting project will be shortly underway for two of the Marshall Islands’ wetlands of international importance, Namdrik and Jaluit Atoll. The main objective of the project is to increase community resilience to the impacts of climate change on both atolls through restoring some of the existing degraded mangrove areas on both atolls. More [16/01/13]

Wetlands and Urbanisation Project in West Africa

The planning workshop for the Wetlands and Urbanisation Project in West Africa ran from 16 to 20 November 2012 in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop was attended by 25 participants drawn internationally from UN-Habitat, the Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, wetlands experts and National Focal Points from the ten countries involved. More [15/01/13]

New edition of the Ramsar Manual

The Ramsar Convention Manual was first published in 1994 and has been periodically updated since then. The sixth edition, updated as of January 2013, has now been released in PDF format in English, French, and Spanish. In 110 pages, the Manual describes the Convention, its structures, and its activities in detail, reviews its history and highlights, and provides 30 pages of background materials and references. The text can be found at these links in English, French, and Spanish. [14/01/2013]

Reminder of 15 January deadline for new Secretary General applications

The position is currently occupied by Mr Tiéga Anada, whose contract finishes in July 2013. 

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

Applications are invited from all interested and suitably qualified persons. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2013.

Note: A candidate should SUBMIT HIS/HER APPLICATION ONLINE, USING THE LINK ABOVE. No other method of application will be considered. [09/01/13]

Ramsar report on environmental water requirements for estuaries

Maintaining the ecological character of estuaries is essential to both integrated river basin management and integrated coastal zone management because estuaries serve as the bridges or connections between inland or fresh water systems and coastal marine wetland ecosystems. The Ramsar Secretariat has published a new Ramsar Technical Report, Determination and implementation of environmental water requirements for estuaries by Janine Adams of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, that addresses these crucial issues. Read more. [08/01/2013]

Small Grants Fund project in Moldova: Over 50 experts meet to discuss national wetland management

Laura Máiz, Ramsar's Assistant Advisor for Europe, travelled to Moldova, 5 to 7 December 2012, to attend a workshop on wetlands management, last activity of the 2010 Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) project "Developing a Wetland National Policy for the Republic of Moldova”. The seminar, organised by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Ecological Society "BIOTICA" on 7 December 2012, aimed to deliver training and information on wetlands management to national stakeholders. Over 50 experts from different governmental agencies and NGOs attended this national event. More [20/12/12]

Anuncio de vacante - CREHO

El Centro Regional Ramsar para la capacitación e investigación en el Hemisferio Occidental (CREHO) está buscando un oficial técnico para trabajar en Panama. Las aplicaciones deben ser enviadas a más tardar el 26 de diciembre de 2012. Más detalles aquí (y Formulario de Aplicación). [20/12/12]

Workshop to develop an Arabic language Training Programme for Wetlands Management Planning

A workshop to trial a newly developed Arabic language wetland management planning training programme was held from 15-19 December 2012 at the Azraq Oasis Ramsar Site, Kingdom of Jordan. The Arabic language wetland management planning training programme and the workshop at the Azraq Oasis were made possible through a very generous financial donation from the Government of Fujairah Municipality, United Arab Emirates. The training course and kit was developed by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan, with technical support from the Fujairah Municipality, WWF Tunisia and the Ramsar Secretariat. More [20/12/12]

Small Grants Fund project successfully completed in Bangladesh

People Acting through Social Mobilization for the Conservation and Wise Use of Wetlands in the South West Coast of Bangladesh. Initiated in 2009, this Ramsar Small Grants Fund project funded through a generous voluntary contribution by the Government of Japan, aimed to disseminate Ramsar Convention messages among local communities and to promote wetland wise use in the South West Coast of Bangladesh. More [19/12/12]

Ramsar Website User Survey

18.12.2012 | The Ramsar Secretariat would like to know how you use, and how you would like to see it improved in the future. We have created a survey to understand how our users are interacting with our website. This survey has only ten questions, and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. The survey links are:

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