Regional initiatives in the Americas

18/06/2012

Regional Initiative  for the Conservation and Wise Use of High Andean Wetlands (HAW)
Initiative for the Conservation and Wise Use of  the Plata River Basin
Regional Initiative for the Integral Management and Wise Use of Mangroves and Coral Reefs Ecosystems
Caribbean Wetlands Regional Initiative
Ramsar Regional Centre for Training and Research in the Western Hemisphere

 

Regional Initiative  for the Conservation and Wise Use of High Andean Wetlands (HAW)

Why and what for?

The initiative has the general purpose of promoting the conservation and sustainable use of high Andean wetlands through the implementation of a long term process of regional management among the involved countries, towards the maintenance of the goods and services they provide, and to reduce the impact of existing threats.

Main objectives:

1. To develop a shared vision about High Andean Wetlands through coordination mechanisms and the reinforcement of regional capabilities.
2. To complete and improve the scientific and technical knowledge on High Andean Wetlands and other ecosystems functionally related in order to support their conservation and sustainable use.
3. To promote conservation, management and sustainable use of natural and cultural resources through an adequate administration.
4. To strengthen processes of education and communication to increase the public awareness about the importance and value of High Andean Wetlands.
5. To achieve the articulation of wetland conservation policies among the countries in the region.
6. To design and implement a wetland monitoring and evaluation system to guarantee their sustainability at the local, regional, and national level.

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Initiative for the Conservation and Wise Use of  the Plata River Basin

Why and what for?

The initiative for the Conservation and Wise Use of the Plata River Basin promotes the technical cooperation among the countries that are part of the Plata River Basin to enhance the conservation and wise use of its wetlands.

The initiative is an ongoing collaborative process between the Focal Points of the five countries that comprises the Plata River basin: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The initiative also includes some of Ramsar’s International Organization Partners such as WWF, Wetlands International, as well as the Ramsar Regional Centre for the Western Hemisphere (CREHO). The local authorities, nongovernmental organizations and wetland specialists of the Plata River basin also participate at the national level.

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Regional Initiative for the Integral Management and Wise Use of Mangroves and Coral Reefs Ecosystems

Why and what for?

The Regional Initiative aims to develop a Regional Strategy and Action Plan for the conservation, management and wise use of mangroves and coral reefs that promote:

a) The development and implementation of regional cooperation mechanisms and wise use techniques for mangroves and coral reefs through an exchange of information (case studies and experiences) in each of the countries.
b) The participation of the communities settled in the mangroves’ ecosystems, as well as other social, territorial, institutional and private sector stakeholders on the management of these ecosystems.

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Caribbean Wetlands Regional Initiative

Why and what for?

The purpose of the Caribbean Regional Initiative of Wetlands is to facilitate the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the Caribbean, through the development of a Regional Strategy that allows the participation of national and local government organizations, local communities, the industrious sector, nongovernmental organizations, academic and research institutions, working in coordination with international organizations such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Cartagena Convention, International Organization Partners to the Ramsar Convention, and technical networks related to the management and wise use of natural resources that operate in the region.

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Ramsar Regional Centre for Training and Research in the Western Hemisphere

Why and what for?

Panama´s Government submitted a proposal to create a Regional Ramsar Centre for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere at the 20th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention), held in Gland, Switzerland, in 1997.

The VII Conference of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention, held in San José, Costa Rica, from 10 to 18 May 1999, adopted Resolution VII.26 with the aim to "promote research on the management and wise use of wetlands throughout the Americas through training and the development of tools for evaluating impacts, methodologies and economic use plus mechanisms for communication.

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