The Ramsar Bulletin Board, November 2013
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MedWet enters a new phase and seeks to appoint a Coordinator
The Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet) is a long-term regional cooperation mechanism under the Ramsar Convention and is one of Ramsar's 12 Regional Initiatives. In 2014 MedWet will relocate its secretariat to the Camargue (France) and will start a development phase aimed at establishing its central role for water and wetland cooperation in the Mediterranean within the next three years. To drive this process, MedWet is seeking to appoint a Coordinator.
More information and online application for this post are available on the IUCN website. IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, provides administrative services for the Ramsar Convention.
Applications are invited from all interested and suitably qualified persons. The deadline for applications is 5 January 2014.
Note: A candidate should submit his/her application online, using the link above. No other method of application will be considered. [28/11/13]
Best practice for the design and operation of wetland education centres
Wetland education centres are essential for learning and training about wetlands, and Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention are encouraged to establish these centres at their wetland sites, especially Ramsar Sites.
Across Asia, there has been a growing interest in the development of wetland education centres but in recent years there have been concerns that greater attention has been paid to the construction of the buildings rather than to the delivery of communications, education, participation and awareness (CEPA) activities. To counter this, a workshop entitled ‘Best Practice for the Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres’ in Seosan (Repulic of Korea) brought together over 100 practitioners from 15 countries to share their experiences. Read more [26/11/13]
Wetlands – the “nexus” linking water, food and energy
Wetlands provide the link between water, food and energy. To maintain our supply of water, food and energy, we need to maintain the relevant wetland ecosystem services and cooperate with our counterparts in the water, food and energy sectors.
In November 2013 experts from numerous sectors and government ministries met in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) for the “International Roundtable on Water and Energy Nexus in Transboundary Basins in Southeastern Europe”. Read more [22/11/13]
A new home for the birds of Pomorie Lake
During the period September 2012 to April 2013 in Pomorie Lake, Bulgaria (Ramsar Site “Pomorie Wetland Complex” 1229) an insular habitat was constructed, aiming at improving the nesting conditions of a number of bird species and providing a secure place for migratory and wintering birds to rest. The island was shaped by cutting an old useless dyke built in the 1970s for the needs of the salt production industry. The new habitat is appropriate for the birds that are naturally nesting on the ground and are thus extremely vulnerable because of the free access of terrestrial predators and humans to their nests. Read more [20/11/13]
Monitoring a Livelihoods Project in Indonesia
In October 2013, as part of the partnership work between the Ramsar Convention and the Danone Group, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat’s Danone Programme Management Officer Lynn Sorrentino participated in a week-long field and classroom training presented by the Livelihoods Fund, facilitated by UNIQUE Forestry and Land Use, and hosted by the NGO, YAGASU, of Indonesia. In 2008 the Danone Group created the Danone Fund for Nature, as part of an agreement with Ramsar and IUCN. As of 2011, it expanded to the Livelihoods Fund and Livelihoods Venture. The Fund works by using the carbon absorption capacity of ecosystems, such as mangrove wetlands, to finance economic development of village communities through the restoration of these key environments. The “Monitoring a Livelihoods Project” workshop in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia brought together for the first time over twenty participants from around the globe. Read the report here. [20/11/2013]
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is seeking to appoint a Partnership Coordinator
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.
Applications are invited from all interested and suitably qualified persons. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2013.
Note: A candidate should submit his/her application online, using the link above. No other method of application will be considered. [19/11/13]
Wetlands at the heart of water in Turkey
The third Turkish National Wetlands Congress addressed current challenges for wetland ecosystem management and maintenance in this largely arid country experiencing a rapidly increasing urban population and changing climatic conditions. This meeting was an opportunity to advance and widen the reflection at national level, further to the two previous Congresses that focused mainly on the 14 Turkish Ramsar Sites and their biodiversity. More [06/11/13]
Ramsar Small Grants Fund - Invest in Wetlands!
The Small Grants Fund (SGF) helps developing countries support the conservation and wise use of wetland resources, and the sustainable development of communities which depend on them and care for them.
Please have a look at our refreshed portfolio of projects and help us to conserve wetlands! The portfolio describes 20 very worthwhile projects from countries all over the world waiting to be funded. [More] [Français] [Español] [04/11/2013]
Welcome to Samridhi Rijal, Intern/Assistant for the Asia-Oceania Region
The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce the arrival of Ms Samridhi Rijal, the new Intern/Assistant for the Asia-Oceania Region.
Samridhi is a citizen of Nepal and received a B.A. in Biology from Knox College (USA) where she focused on ecology, biodiversity and conservation. She obtained a M.Sc. in Natural Resources Management from the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) with a thesis on the perception and control of invasive species (Mimosa pigra) in farmland areas in Cambodia.
After graduating, Samridhi returned to Nepal, to work for a project on the ‘Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands in Nepal’ funded by UNDP, GEF and the Government of Nepal. She was responsible for the management and the technical execution of the project. She also worked at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, where she was part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural team conducting secondary research in the areas of sustainable livelihoods of the mountain people, sustainable mountain development and green mountain economy and technology.
Samridhi takes over from Ms Nessrine Al-Zahlawi who returned to the UAE at the end of her contract and we would like to thank Nessrine for her contribution to the work of the Ramsar Convention during her time with the Secretariat. [01/11/13]
Improving the management of Ramsar Sites and other protected areas in Asia
The effective management of Ramsar Sites and other protected areas in Asia was the focus of two recent meetings in the Philippines. Site managers discussed the challenges they face with limited capacity and resources, and also identified opportunities and tools that would help in improving site management. Read more. [01/11/13]
STRP Chair provides technical advice to the Sultanate of Oman
Professor Royal C. Gardner, Chair of Ramsar’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), was in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, from 26 October to 1 November, providing technical support on national implementation of the Convention. Read more. [01/11/13]