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International Training for Trainers on Integrated Water Resources Management

An International Training for Trainers on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) will take place in June 2015 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. This training is organized by the Centre for Development Innovation of the Wageningen UR (University and Research centre) and endorsed by Ramsar. More information ¦ Training's brochure [14/08/14]

Biodiversity is Us: the new campaign of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)

WAZA launched the biggest global biodiversity campaign to date, highlighting the rich array of animal and plant species on our planet and the simple steps everyone can take to help protect them.

About 1.75 million animal and plant species have been identified so far, but scientists estimate that this is only a small fraction of their actual number. The diversity of species, their combination and interaction have created the conditions for humans to evolve on earth, and are still vital to all of us.

Wetlands are great examples of ecosystems that, thanks to their rich biodiversity, provide essential services to nature and humanity, including clean water, food and protection from floods, but also opportunities for recreation and tourism.
Read more [14/08/14]

Iraq: Ministries of Environment and Water Resources  collaborate for the conservation of marshlands of international importance

On 16 July 2014, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Water Resources of Iraq announced their commitment to develop joint plans and activities for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. They will also collaborate in the management of the Hawizeh Marsh, a Ramsar Site since 2007, submitted for inclusion in the list of World Heritage Sites.

The Hawizeh Marsh, located at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, hosts many animal and plant species, including the endangered Basrah Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis, Euphrates Softshell Turtle Rafetus euphraticus and Smooth-coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli. Read more [14/08/14]

Joint Asian Wetland Symposium and Asia Pre-COP12 Regional Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

The joint Asian Wetland Symposium (AWS) / Asia Pre-COP12 Regional Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (RARM) will be held in Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia from 3 to 7 November 2014. It will be hosted by the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and organized by the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Wetlands International Japan and Ramsar Center Japan.

The meeting provides an opportunity to review the progress towards implementing the Ramsar Convention’s Strategic Plan in the Asian Region and to gather inputs on the Draft Resolutions that will be presented to the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) in Punta del Este, Uruguay, from 1 to 9 June 2014.

The AWS/RARM conference invites proposals for oral and poster presentations and exhibitions on the topics of the Draft Resolutions and other emerging issues. For more information please visit the meeting website: [11/08/2014]

South Pacific islands Wallis and Futuna explore possible Ramsar designations

From 30 June to 4 July 2014 Vainuupo Jungblut, Ramsar Programme Officer for Oceania visited the French Territory of Wallis and Futuna. At the request of the government, he supported the National Environment Service to assess the potential for designating Ramsar Sites.

Wallis and Futuna are a group of volcanic islands located in the South Pacific. It is one of five French overseas collectivities (collectivités d’outre-mer) and its two main islands host about 15,000 inhabitants. Read more [11/08/14]

Biosphere Connections Newsletter

The latest issue of the Biosphere Connections Newsletter comes in a new appealing format, and highlights activities carried out by the three partners - Star Alliance, IUCN and Ramsar.

The latest issue features two sponsored delegates who travelled to a training workshop on a satellite tool for monitoring the status of wetlands. The tool, developed under the GlobWetland II project led by the Ramsar Convention and the European Space Agency, has already been used to produce more than 1,800 maps and indicators. During the workshop, specialists and researchers from 11 countries from Northern Africa and the Middle East were trained on the tool, and gained knowledge and skills to train experts in their respective countries.

The newsletter also highlights a clean-up activity carried out by nine Star Alliance airlines operating from Seoul Incheon Airport, Republic of Korea, and a project supporting  the conservation of slow lorises, endangered primates found throughout South and Southeast Asia.

Biosphere Connections is a partnership between the Star Alliance Network, IUCN and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Its purpose is to contribute to the promotion and conservation of biodiversity, and the sustainable use of natural resources in the countries in which Star Alliance member airlines operate. [11/08/09]

Vacancy: Deputy Secretary General

The Ramsar Convention Secretariat welcomes applications for the position of Deputy Secretary General.

More information and online application forms are available at: 

Endangered daisy reintroduced in the Banrock Station Ramsar Site, Australia

Today hundreds of Spiny Daisies will be planted at the Banrock Station Ramsar Site, as part of a project aimed at reintroducing the endangered plant in Australia’s Riverland region.

The Spiny Daisy was thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in South Australia in 1999. It is listed as critically endangered under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).

The Banrock Station Wetland Complex was designated as a Ramsar Site in 2002 for its role in supporting several threatened species, including the Regent Parrot, the Southern Bell Frog and the River Snail. Read more [24/07/14]

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