Hungary's Ramsar Game

Hungary's Ramsar Game

2 March 2007

Launched on World Wetlands Day 2007:
A Hungarian/Slovakian/English version of the Ramsar Game

Cooperation between the state nature conservation organisations of Hungary and Slovakia are particularly good, especially in the field of wetland conservation and related educational programmes. As part of this on-going cooperation, the Hungarian government, with co-financing from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Food Quality and the Által-ér Association, launched a Hungarian/ Slovakian/ English version of the Ramsar Game on World Wetlands Day 2007.

The first part of the WWD2007 celebration was devoted to Slovak-Hungarian collaboration in the field of wetland conservation and related nature education. The heads of delegations of the two ministries spoke about the common programmes of the two countries, including the designation of, and joint actions in transboundary Ramsar sites, collaboration under the Carpathian Wetlands Initiative, and harmonisation of reporting under the Habitats Directive. Mr. László Haraszthy, State Secretary of the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water, handed over Ramsar game sets recently published in Hungarian, Slovak and English languages to the Director Jozef Kramarik, the General Director of Slovakia's Division of Nature and Landscape Protection, Ministry of Environment, and to representatives of two local primary schools. Other sets of the game were given to three Hungarian national park directorates for free distribution to schools along the Slovak-Hungarian border.

Our national focal point in Hungary's Ramsar Administrative Authority, Mr András Schmidt, noted that some additional questions had been added to the game on Hungary's Ramsar Sites and on local fish species to make it more relevant to Hungarian children, and that the Ministry had received much encouragement from the Hungarian Ramsar Committee to look for further funding to produce more copies. He also encouraged the Ramsar Secretariat to consider franchising the game to commercial distributors for a much wider distribution of the game.

Photos by András Schmidt

Mr László Haraszthy (left) and Mr Jozef Kramarik (centre) signing a letter of intent of the two countries to designate the Ramsar sites Ipoly valley and Poiplie as a transboundary site. The Ramsar Game visible on the table was later presented to Mr Kramarik along with other copies.

A young player ready to test his knowledge and learn about wetlands!

The game has been produced in three languages, Hungarian, Slovakian and English