Secretariat of the
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SPREP Press Release
For Immediate Release
3 November 2009
Agreement to protect Pacific wetlands under Ramsar Convention
A memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat on November 2, 2009.
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands promotes the wise and sustainable use of wetlands, it is a convention for which five Pacific islands nations are signatories. SPREP works in partnership with the Ramsar convention secretariat to carry out activities in the Pacific region.
Through this partnership, SPREP has provided support to Pacific islands countries to protect their wetland areas through conducting training programmes on wetlands management, updating national wetland information and through raising awareness on why our wetlands are important.
“The aim of this cooperation is to enhance the application of the Ramsar Convention throughout the Pacific, it is a great honour to have Mr. Anada Tiega in Samoa to sign this very important document,” said the Director of SPREP, Mr. David Sheppard.
“We will identify a number of very focused and practical areas we can work on together, but largely around the identification and protection of the wetland areas as well as to raise awareness as to the importance of our wetlands.”
The Ramsar Convention celebrates the World Wetlands Day on 2 February every year. This coming year signifies the link between climate change and wetlands as an important focus however it is just one sector of wetlands importance. Mr. Tiega also outlines the value of sustainable and wise wetland use to strengthening tourism in small islands states.
“Tourism can provide livelihoods for people and wetlands also play an important role in this, if we look after our wetlands they can help make tourism stronger and at the same time ensure our livelihoods,” said Mr. Tiega.
The memorandum of cooperation is for the period 2009 – 2012. Mr. Tiega will be leaving Samoa on Wednesday morning while in-country he will also be visiting Samoa’s first wetland of international importance, Lake Lanoto’o National Park.
Mr. David Sheppard and Mr. Anada Tiega signing the MOC, supervised by Vainuupo Jungblut, SPREP Ramsar Officer
For more details please contact SPREP’s Ramsar Officer Mr. Vainuupo Jungblut E: T: (685) 21929 F: (685) 20231 W: www.sprep.org