The Ramsar Secretariat hosts first GlobWetland Africa workshop from 12 to 14 June at the Ramsar Convention Secretariat office in Gland, Switzerland. The session is attended by sixteen participants including representatives from African Contracting Parties, Ramsar Regional Initiatives, Rivers Basin Authorities and the Project Consortium. The objective is to conduct a hands-on training session for users of the GlobWetland Africa Toolbox.
Supported by the Ramsar Secretariat, GlobWetland Africa is a large Earth Observation application project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The project is producing satellite-derived and geo-referenced products including inventory maps and digital elevation models of wetlands and the surrounding catchment areas. These products will aid local and national authorities in fulfilling their Ramsar obligations, and should also function as a helpful tool for wetland managers and scientific researchers.
In his opening remarks Ramsar Deputy Secretary General, Jonathan Barzdo, stressed that the future of African wetlands depends on a strong political will to protect them, based on comprehensive wetland inventory, sound wetland policies and encouragement for community participation in their management. He added: “GlobWetland Africa will help African authorities to make the best use of satellite-based information on wetland extent and condition for better measuring the ecological state of wetlands and hence their capacity to support biodiversity and provide ecosystem services”.