STRP work sessions

Agenda item 10: Work session on urban and peri-urban wetlands

The STRP was requested to consider the preparation of guidance for Contracting Parties and consider ways to disseminate information to Contracting Parties on managing urban and peri-urban wetlands, in accordance with an ecosystem approach, and taking into account issues such as climate change, ecosystem services, food production, human health and livelihoods.
The objectives of today’s work session on urban and peri-urban wetlands were to:

• Brief participants on the objectives and progress to date.
• Discuss the issues relating to urban and peri-urban wetlands.
• Discuss and scope out solutions to the planning and management of wetlands in urban and peri-urban environments.
• Discuss and draft the overarching principles to urban development, biodiversity and wetland management and scope out broad terms of reference for urban planning guidance.

Mohamed Romdhane - STRP NFP TunisiaMoussa Diop- STRP observer Wetland InternationalSekgowa Motsumi- STRP NFP BotswanaSiyabonga Buthelezi - STRP Observer GDARD South AfricaFrank Kansiime- STRP NFP Uganda

Participants broke into smaller groups to discuss and define the problem and possible solutions.

Abdou Kane - STRP NFP SenegalAtigou Balde - STRP NFP GuineaEvelyn Moloko- STRP Observer AEWA-CMSKassim Kulindwa- invited STRP expert from TanzaniaBento Carlos  - STRP NFP-Mozambique

Agenda item 11: Work session on extractive industries and wetlands

Concerns regarding the increasingly widespread impacts upon wetlands of mining and extractive industries were raised by Ramsar Senior Regional Advisors at the mid-term meeting of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) in March 2007. It was noted that Latin American as well as African Contracting Parties were asking for scientific and technical guidance related to the impacts of mining in and around wetlands. A briefing paper was commissioned by the STRP, to provide an overview of current and future trends in the mining/extraction sector, in order to help clarify the manner in which the STRP could potentially best provide scientific and technical support for Parties in addressing this sectoral issue.

Objectives of the work session on Wetlands and Extractive Industries

• To brief meeting participants on issues, task progress and deliverables
• To identify additional information sources for the flyway vulnerability assessment methodology
• To discuss and identify possible needs for additional guidance on managing impacts of extractives industries on wetlands.
• To discuss and identify possible training and information needs for wetlands managers, extractives sector policy makers and decision makers.

Invited experts and STRP national focal points discussed and provided key recommendations on the impacts extractive industries have on wetlands.

Agenda item 14: Work session on building the STRP Network in the Africa Region

The “figure” of STRP National Focal Point was established to support the work of the Scientific & Technical Review Panel to ensure that Contracting Parties’ needs and priorities are addressed in the guidance that STRP produces and to facilitate STRP to get access to the best expertise available in the regions.

The current STRP work Plan has a dedicated Thematic Work Area (TWA1) on “Regional Networking” that was established in order to find best ways to strengthen the role and participation of STRP National Focal Points (NFPs) and other wetland experts in the work of the Panel.

Despite a range of efforts, the STRP still reports difficulties in establishing effective contact and exchanges with many STRP National Focal Points;
The reasons are multiples and different from region to region. It’s a matter of communication, appointment of the right person, language, accessibility to fast internet connections, workload etc.

Objectives of the work session on building the STRP Network in the Africa Region

  • To brief workshop participants on current work and activities under the STRP Thematic Work Area on Regional Networking.
  • To discuss and identify the needs and obstacles faced by STRP National Focal Points.
  • To identify best ways to strengthen the role of the STRP National Focal Point at National Level.
  • To identify best ways to improve communication and engagement of STRP African National Focal Points and other experts in the region with the STRP.
  • To identify emerging issues and work priorities in the Africa region to be addressed by the STRP work in the next cycle.

In particular to answer the following questions:

  • How STRP NFPs and other Experts would like STRP to communicate/engage with you?

(list best ways for effective exchange of information and participation – including concrete recommendations on communication tools such phone, online work space, emails, workshops or else that could be useful)

  • What could you do better to support STRP and your Ramsar Administrative Authority?

(think of the current obstacles and try to give a solutions)

  • What are the wetland-related emerging or ongoing issues in your country or region that you would suggest addressing as work priority for future STRP work?

Explain why and for whom it is a priority, what the background is, and what it is envisaged as being needed (guidance, governance, training, implementation support, resolution, international collaboration etc). 

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