In 2016 the Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) in Japan made a generous voluntary donation to establish the Nagao Wetland Fund (NWF), to be administered by the Ramsar Secretariat.
The NWF is intended to help local governments, researchers, non-governmental organizations and local communities of developing countries in the Asia and Oceania regions to implement the Ramsar Convention, and in particular the goals and targets of the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2016-2024.
The NWF prioritizes projects concerning the conservation, restoration and wise use of wetlands, including communications, education and awareness, and also training for park rangers and staff working in wetland education centres.
Around four small-scale projects worth up to 18,000 USD each are supported each year. The support is not intended to replace the much more substantial levels of funding which most developing countries and countries in transition need to access if they are to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of their wetland resources.
The NWF is open to proposals from eligible Contracting Parties and those overseas territories in the Asia-Oceania region included in the DAC List of ODA Recipients. Proposed projects should be identified as a national priority by the Contracting Party in the implementation of the Convention’s Strategic Plan 2016-2024.
For annual project cycles from 2017 until 2021, eligible Contracting Parties will be invited by 31 January of each year to submit proposals. The deadline for these submissions will be 1 April.
Enhancing the conservation and wise use of Anlung Pring Protected Landscape in Cambodia
Proponent: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)
Conserving peat swamp forest in Setiu Wetlands, Terengganu: Ecological assessment for establishing knowledge and management recommendations
Proponent: WWF-Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia Terrestrial Conservation Programme)
Papua New Guinea
Awareness on the Lake Kutubu Ramsar Site and Wetlands
Proponent: Lake Kutubu Environment Foundation Inc.
Active, Clean and Bountiful Rivers: The Wetlands BioBlitz
Proponent: Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc.
Application of IUCN Red List of Ecosystems of Categories and Criteria to Mangrove ecosystem of Wilpattu Ramsar Site
Proponent: Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Limited
The Construction of Canal Blocking (Tabat) in Tanjung Puting National Park
Proponent: Tanjung Puting National Park
Conserving Irrawaddy Dolphins at the Rajang-Belawai Delta Wetlands
Proponent: WWF-Malaysia (Sarawak Conservation Program)
Listing of Lib Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands as its third Wetland of International Importance
Proponent: Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
Promoting wise use of Lake Letas Community Conservation Area, a proposed Ramsar Site on Gaua Island, Vanuatu, through community-based ecotourism development
Proponent: Eco-Lifelihood Development Association Inc.
Conservation through improving the cooperation of local people, stakeholders, fisher man and the tour companies of Ogii lake Ramsar Site in Mongolia
Proponent: Mongolian Bird Conservation Center