A workshop was held from 29th February to 4th March in Vilm (Germany) under the title of “Nature Conservation in the Countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia” to share lessons learnt and to explore the possibility of cooperation to address conservation issues, including the wise use of wetlands. Some 60 people attended the event, representing international and regional organizations, national and local NGOs, research organizations and donor organizations working in the region.
Group discussions were held on how best to tackle the challenges and to improve nature conservation efforts in the region in future. One of the topics discussed was on policy integration and the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements. Here, the recommendations included the need to translate key recommendations and resolutions from of MEAs into concrete, actionable, and region-specific messages. Another recommendation was for the MEA Secretariats to broaden their stakeholder base for their implementation by creating and building alliances with NGOs and research organizations.
The workshop was an opportunity for the Ramsar Secretariat to meet with some of the key environmental organizations and donor agencies and to agree to work together on developing joint funding proposals for wetland conservation in the region.
The workshop was organized by IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia, Michael Succow Foundation, and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.