Ceremony in Slovakia: the handing out of diplomas for a trilateral Ramsar site between Austria, Czech Republic, and Slovakia
The 8th meeting of the trilateral Ramsar Platform for the Transboundary Ramsar Site "Floodplains of the Morava-Dyje-Danube Confluence" was held on November 15th 2007 in Devin, Slovakia. Twenty-six members of the platform - representing the state administration, expert governmental and non-governmental institutions from the Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovakia - took part along with the other invited guests. The meeting was aimed at exchanging news on the present situation and at presenting current common activities on restoration of the area, flood control, etc. The next step, the elaboration of a common management plan, will begin during the next meeting in the Czech Republic in 2008.
This meeting was followed by the handing out of the diplomas for each of the four Ramsar sites included in this cooperative arrangement. The transboundary initiative was initiated in 1995 by four NGOs: Distelverein and WWF from Austria, Unie pre reku Moravu from the Czech Republic, and Daphne - Institute of applied ecology from Slovakia, soon after which the local and national authorities of the three countries joined the initiative. For their pioneering efforts, the four NGOs received a "Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award" during COP8 in Valencia, Spain (2002).
The Trilateral Ramsar Platform was officially established on November 4th 1999 in Austria and a Memorandum of Understanding among the three countries was signed in 2001 in Zidlochovice Castle in the Czech Republic. Since then, the platform has had regular meetings aimed at exchanging information and preparing common projects and management approaches.
-- Alexia Dufour, Ramsar