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25-06-2008 Press release
Wetlands International is shocked by the decision of the Kenyan government to convert large tracts of the Tana wetlands in Kenya into sugarcane-for-ethanol plantations. This dramatic development confirms the NGO’s recent outlook ‘Biofuels in Africa’, which shows that biofuel production in Africa will lead to loss of wetlands and rainforest.
Wetlands International has followed the Convention for the full two weeks and organised several side events (click here for our activities).
The year 2007 experienced a period with lots of rainfall due to the La Nina weather phenomenon.
The project is working to enhance the conservation of waterbirds and the wetlands they depend on in the African Eurasian region. For this we train people, conduct demonstration projects, develop webb...
Virgin Atlantic yesterday said their pioneering flight was a historic step towards using biofuels on commercial flights, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions.
Wetlands International on behalf of the WPRP African Training Board announces the call for applications for the 2008 training courses focusing on a modular system of training. These training courses are part of a series of training courses being supported by the WPRP. The main modules were developed in collaboration with various partners such as Wageningen International, UNESCO-IHE, Oxfam America, Kenya Wildlife Service Institute, Foundation for Sustainable Development, Ghana Environmental Protection Agency, Uganda Wetlands Inspection Division and Uganda Wildlife Education Centre through a series of stakeholder consultations and have further undergone processes to ensure their relevance to local contexts.
Furthermore this service to people is often over-exploited, resulting in degradation.Wetlands International calls for wider attention of the role wetlands ecosystems play for water and sanitation. A world facing extreme rainfall followed by droughts from climate change cannot survive without healthy wetlands.
Wetlands International played a very active role in trying to influence the outcomes of the Bali Climate Conference (UN-FCCC COP 13). Our organisation was present with a professional team from various offices. This has led to some successes.
A report of UNDP showed that Malaysia's carbon emissions grew by 221 percent from 1990 to 2004, the largest growth in emissions among the top 30 emitters. Malaysia is ranked 26th on a global league table of emitters. Studies by Wetlands International and its partners have indicated that emissions from degraded peatlands alone in Malaysia are remarkably high, around 100 million tonnes annually.
Click here for the presentation about the Global Peatland Fund with background information.
Results from the first comprehensive global assessment on the links between peatland degradation and climate change presented today show that clearance, drainage and fires in peatlands emit more than 3 billion tones of carbon dioxide every year, equivalent to 10% of global emissions from fossil fuels. Protection and restoration of peatlands are among the most cost- effective options for climate change mitigation.
Indonesia takes, with 2000 million tonnes CO2 emissions per year from degraded peat, the largest share of the global peat emissions; it is a huge problem, but also very concentrated, involving around 13 million hectares. The cost-effectiveness of restoring these degraded areas is very high. Emissions in many of these peatlands are around hundred tonnes per hectare per year.
The Kyoto rules for accounting emissions make a rigid distinction between fossil and non-fossil fuels. Non-fossil fuels are assumed to have by definition zero greenhouse gas emissions. This assumption ignores that there are other emissions than fossil fuel emissions that add to the greenhouse gas balance in the atmosphere. Thus, these Kyoto accounting rules provide a huge incentive for the use of biomass in Annex 1 countries.
In his role as the Honorary President of Wetlands International, Raymond C. Offenheiser will support the organisation as a whole by representing them and providing advice and guidance on key policy and strategic issues. In particular, he will guide the organisation’s partnership approach with the development sector in its work connecting wetlands and livelihoods in developing countries. Mr. Offenheiser will participate as an observer in the organisations’ governance structures and play a role in representing the wider Wetlands international family of staff, members and partners.
Wednesday 5 December (10.00-10:30)
Presentation to the press:
NGO press room ‘wind’ in the Grand Hyatt, Nusa Dua, Bali
New figures about the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by palm oil production in South-east Asia. Presentation of the need to change the Kyoto greenhouse gas accounting rules to include these emissions.
Adopted at the recent 5th Roundtable on Sustainable Development (RT5), the RSPO P&C is a significant milestone for the multi-national and multi-stakeholder group. Established in 2003 to develop certified sustainable palm oil, the recently adopted RSPO P&C has established clear guidelines on best management practices for the industry that minimizes negative impact to the environment. In addition the RSPO P&C ensures protection of high conservation value forests, and rights to land tenure are protected.
The Symposium was opened by Shaoxing Party Secretary Wang Yongchang, Deputy Administrator of the State Forestry Administration of China, the Chief Planner of the Ministry of Construction of China, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment and Sanitation in Mali Abdoulaye Berthe, the Mayor of Shaoxing Municipal People’s Government Zhang Jinru and Wetlands International’s CEO Jane Madgwick.
Participants at the Symposium urged governments, development, health and conservation agencies involved in wetland management, to take action to improve the health of all people, in harmony with wetland conservation objectives; and committed themselves to the same aim.
The current disaster took place in an area not far from Ramsar Convention Wetlands of International Importance in the Kuban Delta (Russia) and Eastern Sivash (Ukraine). Nearby there are 5 more Ramsar sites along the Ukrainian Sea of Azov coast all of which are very important for wintering, migratory and breeding waterbirds.
The first such workshop was held in Kenya in January 2007, the third is planned for Mali in October 2008. These workshops enable people working on the balance between wetland conservation and livelihood development all over the world to build partnerships and share experiences.
22 October 2007. he Dutch minister Ms. J. Cramer has decided to exclude palm oil for two years from all subsidies that other green energies will receive. The reasons for this exclusion are the doubts and questions regarding the sustainability of palm oil. The devastating impact of palm oil plantations on the valuable peatswamp forests of Indonesia was highlighted.
Tomorrow, on the 26th of September, the members of the European Parliament will vote on the Thomsen Report - roadmap on renewable energy. This report pushes for a 10% mandatory target for biofuels for transport without any viable certification mechanisms in place. The ambitious target of 10% will leave no room to exclude large production of unsustainable biofuels. The mandatory biofuel target is not linked to a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Wetlands International presents today its publication about South-east Asian shorebirds, based on years of field monitoring in Malaysia. Shorebird numbers showed an overall decline of 22% in Malaysia between 1983–1986 and 2004–2006. The reclamation and conversion of mangrove forest and mudflats for aquaculture, agriculture, industry, housing and recreational purposes has been identified as the major threat to waterbird areas.
The development is being proposed by Lake Natron Resources Ltd., a company jointly owned by Tata Chemicals Ltd. and the Tanzania National Development Corporation, a state-owned entity established to coordinate commercial development in Tanzania. The proposal has the support of the President.
More and more governments and corporates recognise the importance of safeguarding the world’s remaining peatswamp forests. Their huge carbon stocks, equivalent to around 100 years of fossil fuel emissions are a precious global asset.
No less than 12 countries of the global intergovernmental Convention on Biodiversity (CBD SBSTTA) have yesterday made their recommendations to the Executive Secretary with regard to safeguarding the world’s remaining peatswamp forests. They urged the Executive Secretary to recognize the importance of peatlands, specifically tropical peatlands, in the global carbon cycle and the potential of peatland conservation and sustainable use as a cost-effective tool for the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.
At this moment, the global governmental Convention on Biodiversity (CBD - SBSTTA) holds their meeting in Paris. The protection and restoration of peatlands in order to conserve their carbon stocks is an important item on the agenda. Peatlands all over the world store enormous amounts of carbon. Their degradation is causing CO2 emissions equivalent to 8% of all global fossil fuel emissions. These huge emissions are not addressed under the Kyoto Protocol at all. There is now a major opportunity for the CBD to take leadership over this issue.
Such a high level of support on a particular topic is highly unusual and reflects the support for the urgent need to protect this type of habitat.
The Millennium Development Goals are 8 concrete goals to tackle the biggest global problems before 2015 and were agreed upon by the world leaders at the turn of the millennium.
At this moment, government representatives of almost all countries gather in Paris to prepare the Convention on Biodiversity meeting in Bonn next year in a technical meeting (CBD-SBSTTA). This meeting in Paris is crucial as it in fact decides about the agenda and issues for resolutions for COP 9 – the high level governmental Convention meeting in Bonn, May 2008.
At the 26th UNFCCC Subsidiary Body meetings in Bonn this week, Working Group III of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted the inclusion of the impact of peatlands on climate change in their report ‘Mitigation of Climate Change’.
Wetlands International sets the global standard for research into waterbird numbers and distribution at continental scales, and the role of waterbirds as indicators of climate change is an increasingly important element of this work.
This week, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) is meeting in Bonn to prepare the agenda for the UN-FCCC summit in Bali, December 2007. Wetlands International demands the SBSTA to put the problem of peatland loss on the agenda. Our organisation will present the facts and solutions in an official side-event.
More than 50% of the new palm oil plantations in Indonesia are planned on peatlands. With these criteria, many Indonesian and Malaysian producers will lose the markets of the 4th largest palm oil importer. Wetlands International calls for the EU, individual countries to take action to stop the rapid expansion of palm oil from peatlands and the adverse environmental targets and subsidies promoting this expansion.
Green Coast is a tsunami response project, aiming at rehabilitating livelihoods of affected communities by restoring coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forest and marine resources.
Today, (Monday 12 March) in The Hague, the UK Minister of the Environment, Barry Gardiner MP, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Mrs Gerda Verburg, Secretary Generals from the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the UN Convention on Migratory Species, the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement and experts worldwide met to launch a new global guide to conservation: ‘Waterbirds around the world.’ They discussed the need for greater global action for the future protection of waterbirds and their habitats.
In 2004 the Conference ‘Waterbirds around the World’ was held in Edinburgh. The aim of the presentations and discussions was to review the protection, management and study of the world’s waterbird species and the migration routes That they use.
Directly after the outbreak; many pointed at wild birds as the likely cause. Despite intensive monitoring programmes, no infected wild birds have been found in Europe since the summer of 2006. At this time of year, birds hardly migrate and this reduces the chances of wild birds spreading the disease. Birds at the farmwere kept indoors at all times and contact with wild birds in the area was therefore always unlikely.
Wetlands are crucial for fighting climate change. This relation is still quite unknown and not acknowledged yet by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); the UN organisation that presented today’s report.
In Asia, 62% of the populations are now decreasing or have become extinct, and only 10% show an increasing trend. In Oceania one in six species have already become extinct.
Most observers are members of enthusiastic voluntary networks, with professional coordination at the national level. Altogether they spend about 50,000 hours on this fieldwork. Wetlands international organizes a standard method for the count, which makes it easy to compare yearly census data. Each year, between 30 million and 40 million waterbirds are counted in every continent except Antartica.
The organisation calls for a worldwide ban on the use of palm oil as a ‘green’ form of energy.
These conclusions were drawn from new research by the NGO Wetlands International, amongst others. About a quarter of palm oil originates from drained peatlands, which were tropical peat swamps until recently.
National Director for The Peregrine Fund’s Madagascar Project, Lily-Arison Rene de Roland, and field biologist, Thé Seing Sam, discovered the rare bird while conducting avian surveys in a remote part of northern Madagascar. They observed nine adults and four young that appeared to be nearly two weeks of age.
New research by Wetlands International, Delft Hydraulics and others shows the enormous impact of the peatland degradation in South-east Asia on carbon dioxide emissions. Annually, in Indonesia alone 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide is emitted from the peatlands: 600 million tonnes is caused by oxidation caused by drainage and 1.4 billion tonnes is caused by fires.
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Now the dry season has started, wildfires are occurring in several places in Sumatra and Kalimantan. They are already so large that parts of peninsular Malaysia are becoming covered with smoke. The fires are not just caused by farmers who burn their fields; they are the result of extensive drainage by companies of the naturally wet peat forest areas.
Among the victims were many people with whom we worked in collaboration, both in WWF and the Nepalese government. They shall be missed and we send our condolences to their relatives.
The projects will show how better management of wetland areas can help sustain livelihoods of the local people, while safeguarding the important values of wetlands such as fresh water supply and rich areas of biodiversity. Financial support for the projects comes from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Now the dry season has started in South East Asia, wildfires are beginning to occur in several places in Sumatra and Kalimantan. They are already so large that parts of peninsular Malaysia are becoming covered with smoke. The fires are mostly caused by farmers who burn fields and newly cleared forest areas. Unfortunately these set light to the underlying peat soil which has been dried out as a result of extensive drainage of these naturally wet peat areas.
In the Nature issue of 6 July, Ducatez et al revealed the detection of three very different strains of Avian Influenza (HPAI) in poultry farms in two different parts in Nigeria. These strains of Avian Influenza were sequenced at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
This is an important outcome as many feared that through the sequence of Autumn and Spring migration, HP H5N1 would be carried by wild birds from the outbreak areas into Africa and then back up into Europe.
Wetlands International argued earlier that a strong link of wild birds to the outbreaks in Africa was unlikely. Attention to the role of wild birds is needed, but the biggest threats for a global spread remain the transport of live birds- poultry and caged birds, as well as their products.
Current Danube Agreements and developing European initiatives offer hope that this will happen but are taking place too slowly to prevent further significant damage in the coming years.
An active campaign in providing information about the investigation and the risks of H5N1 has led to active support from African governments. International scale research is essential to provide reliable information on the incidence of H5N1 and on the degree of risk of transmission from wild birds.
Although most governments are represented on a high level, they failed to agree on anything that will enforce any action on the global problems of droughts, floods and pollution caused at least partly by wetland destruction. Many government delegations appeared mainly to be present to support their national industries.
The world water forum in Mexico could have been the place to agree about the global challenges of wetland destruction, floods and droughts. It is not. Companies are overwhelmingly attending to sell their water-related products, not to contribute to sustainable solutions. Government leaders and representatives are present to support these national industries, not to decide about global approaches and solutions.
Kathmandu, Nepal; 7th March 2006:
This initiative was decided at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development ( ICIMOD ) , in Kathmandu , Nepal from 27th February to 7th March 2006.
Sundari is a well loved office Director and a prominent member of Wetlands International's global team. Apart from her practical and intelligent approach to life and work, Sundari has always kept a sense of fun and has been cheerful, optimistic and constructive when approaching the challenges facing Wetlands International in Malaysia, the region and globally.
This weekend, there were several infections in 'new' wild birds confirmed in Europe. In Germany, infected seagulls and a goshawk were found. In France the ‘dangerous’ birdflu virus H5N1 has been reported in a wild duck, apparently a Pochard (Aythya ferina). The Pochard was confirmed as having died near Lyon on 19 February.
The outbreak of avian influenza among Mute Swans in Southern Europe is most likely to have been caused by swans coming from Eastern Europe. Infected swans from the same south-east European population (see attached chart) were already detected in the Caspian and Black Sea region in November and December.
On 8 February, an outbreak of the deadly form of Avian Influenza (H5N1) was confirmed in poultry farms in Nigeria: the first country in Africa to be affected.
The workshop on Wetlands, Water and Livelihoods brought together a range of experience from 30 countries and included representatives from national and regional governments, non-governmental organizations, aid organizations, and research institutions. It follows the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Conference of Parties in November 2005, in which over 150 countries committed to take action on wetlands and poverty reduction according to Resolution 14.
This is the conclusion drawn by Wetlands International after an international workshop in South Africa. The organisation presented today an agenda for poverty reduction.
Anitadae Network is a network of protected wetland areas in East Asia, to safeguard the flyways of the 'Anitadae' waterbirds (geese, swans, and ducks). Wetlands International is the initiator and has always been very active to develop networks of sites for several waterfowl.
The United Nations state that the recent spread of avian flu to Turkey is caused by wild birds. Millions of these wild birds have now reached their winter destination. No serious outbreak due to these migrations has occurred yet. However, several outbreaks in the poultry sector did occur.
An international delegation of field-level practitioners, policy and decision-makers, university and private agencies will gather in the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Press is invited to join a field trip on the first of February.
The government of the Netherlands will be investing 5 million Euros in the coming two years on basis of the “Peat Forest Amendment” which was passed in the Dutch parliament on November 14, 2004.
In places where mangroves, coastal forests and coral reefs were still intact, the effects were less disastrous. Through this project, the organisations want to work with governments and the local population to achieve sound coastal development.
The President named the threats for the protection of wetlands: frozen social structures, agriculture, siltation, but surprisingly also the international environmental NGO’s. After an earlier cancellation and a long delay, the President finally spoke to the Convention hosted by his country.
The Contracting Parties of the Ramsar Convention in Kampala, ending today, have made remarkably ambitious agreements on major issues, according to the NGO’s. The Convention underlined that culling of wild birds or destroying wetlands should not be considered as a method to stop the spread of the avian flu, as these measures might even exacerbate the spread of the disease.
In the last year, we witnessed a large number of natural disasters. In many of them, wetlands played a role in preventing and mitigating their impacts. In some situations, the loss and degradation of wetlands led to greater losses of human life and increased poverty amongst local communities.
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WETLANDS, WATER AND LIVELIHOODS WORKSHOP An international workshop exploring best practices and lessons learned in integrating poverty and environment issues September 26th – 28th, 2005 Seasands Lodge & Conference Centre St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA FIRST ANNOUCEMENT AND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The fourth edition of Waterbird Population Estimates has now been available for comment for several weeks. An updated version, including all amendments made to date is now available.
The 5th Conference of the Working Group on Aquatic Birds of the International Society of Limnology (SIL) "Limnology and Waterbirds 2006" will be held in Eger, Hungary, August 26-30, 2006. If you wish to receive the First Announcement and further notices, please complete and return the Expression of Interest form to the address below.
Area of investigations: wetlands of the Mediterranean (freshwater and brackish) region My main interest is conservation biology with studies on threatened species (bird, fish and amphibians) within the Mediterranean region. I have expertise in colonial waterbirds, freshwater and brackish fish and ecosystem management.
The Goose Specialist Group of Wetlands International seeks to strengthen contacts between all researchers on migratory goose populations in the northern hemisphere. A database with goose censuses from the western palearctic is supported by a network of national coordinators.
Mega support for peatlands of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia We are pleased to report that the Global Peatland Initiative (GPI) has received an official invitation from the Dutch DGIS/Ministry of Foreign Affairs to lead the development of a proposal for the implementation of the Central Kalimantan Peat Swamp Rehabilitation and Management Programme.
Wetlands International is pleased to present the Wetlands International Specialist Groups Report (1999-2004). This report covers the period 1999–2004 inclusive, of activities by the respective specialist groups and it is aimed to inform people of the role the groups play in ‘wetlands science and conservation’.
Postponement: the International workshop on Sustaining Peatland Resources - Setting a Course for Wise Use, scheduled for 5-7 July 2005, Bogor, Indonesia will be postponed. The Workshop Steering Committee is re-programming the event and will release further information as soon as possible.
The Second Central Asian Flyway Meeting of Range States to develop a common international framework to promote the conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetlands was held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India, from 10-12 June 2005. For the report and pictures, click here.
Postponement: The coastal wetlands conference How Do We Achieve Successful Management and Restoration of Mangrove Forests, Tidal Marshes, Seagrass Meadows and Coral Reefs? planned from 24-28 July 2005 in Thammarin Thana, Trang province, Thailand will be postponed.
Link to the electronic version is available on the right
A link to the electronic version is available on the right.
Link to the electronic version is available on the right
On the 31st of May 2005 the Wetlands International Strategic Intent 2005-2014 was formally launched in The Hague, The Netherlands, where invited guests, staff and friends gathered at the festive ceremony.
In Bamako, Mali on 27 March, a new book, The Niger, a lifeline, was presented by the Netherlands Ambassador Harry Bukema to Hamed Diane Semega, the Mali Minister for Mines, Energy and Water. The book, written by Wetlands International and partners is a crucial product on measuring the impacts of various dams in economic values. This enables decisions as net costs or benefits are visible.
Following the approval by the Wetlands International Board of Directors for the development of a core group of Associate Experts, experts who have had a long standing relationship with Wetlands International, and subsequent appointment of the first set of these experts.
Asian Wetland Symposium 2005 The Asian Wetland Symposium 2005 - innovative approaches to sustainable livelihood, held between 6-9 February 2005, in Bhubaneswar and Chilika, Orissa state, India, has successfully concluded.
Final Statement Arising from the Wetlands International and Partners side event “Unseen Role of Wetlands” held at the FAO/Netherlands Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems "Make it Happen" on 1 February 2005 delivered by Prof Tekalign Mamo, State Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ethiopia.
Nong Bong Khai Non-Hunting Area Celebrated its 2nd World Wetlands Day Thailand became a Contracting Party to the Ramsar Convention on 13 May1997. Thailand’s first Wetland of International Importance is Khuan Kee Sian, a swamp forest site adjacent to Thale Noi Non-Hunting Area, Pathhalung Province in the south of Thailand.
The second meeting of the Wetlands and Livelihoods Working Group is to be held on the 7th February 2005 with the kind cooperation of Novib in The Hague.
The keynote technical presentations at the recent Board of Members meeting were grouped into four priority goal areas of our work, namely Wetlands and Global Water Agenda, Wetlands and Ecological Networks, Wetlands and Livelihoods, and Wetlands Knowledgebase.
Manuals have been prepared for Coordinators and Counters of the International Waterbird Census.
Integrated Water Resources Management in Urmia Lake Basin, Iran Lake Urmia (5000 km2) is one of the most important and valuable aquatic ecosystems in Iran, and because of its unique natural features it has been declared a National Park, Ramsar site and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The first workshop of the Wetlands and Poverty Reduction Group was held on August 27th 2004 at the Wetlands International Wageningen Office in the Netherlands. The workshop was well attended by representatives from the development assistance and the environmental sector.
For example, the recovery and re-habilitation of mangroves and linked coastal and marine habitats will be vital to increase coastal protection and support coastal fisheries.
On 29-30 October, 2004, in Anchorage, Alaska, the United States was pleased to host a delegation from Japan for a consultative meeting under the auspices of the U.S.-Japan migratory bird conventio
The December issues of the Asian Waterbird Census Newsletter and International Waterbird census are out now
On December 7, 2004 in Beijing, the first Wetlands International Global Recognition for Wetlands Conservation and Wise Use award was presented by CEO Jane Madgwick to Minister Zhou Shengxian, on behalf of the China State Forestry Administration (SFA).
The Specialist Group Coordinator for November is Christine Prietto of the Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) SG
On 2 November 2004 the Minister of Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Mrs van Ardenne, has adopted for 2005 an amendment to the Dutch budget for development cooperation, which will enable financing in the order of Euro 5 million in 2005 and 10 million of structural funding each following year for the conservation and restoration of the peatswamp forests of Central Kalimantan, integrated with poverty reduction.
WWF-China has published the results of a comprehensive waterbird survey entitled: Waterbird Survey of the Lower Yangtze River Floodplain in Late January and Early February 2004
On 25 November, 75 Members, staff and special guests gathered to celebrate Wetlands International’s 50th anniversary. Master of Ceremony Tunde Ojei guided the guests back through 50 years of wetland conservation history and several guests shared their vision of the future.
The Ramsar Secretariat is very pleased to announce that Myanmar has deposited its instrument of accession with the Director-General of UNESCO as of 17 November 2004, and thus the Convention, as amended in 1982 and 987, will enter into force for Myanmar on 17 March 2005.
An updated version of the Strategy in Russian has been produced by the Wetlands International - Russia Office to promote awareness about waterbirds and international conservation initiatives in the northern breeding grounds of most migratory waterbirds.
Join the first migratory shorebird celebration in Malaysia! On 10 October the return of Migratory Shorebirds to Malaysia is celebrated
The final workshop of the Small Grants Programme of the Ukrainian Rivers Network has taken place.
Between 14-19 November 2004 a series of international meetings were held in Korea to promote waterbird and wetland conservation in the Asia-Pacific under the framework of the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy.
From 22 August to 4 September, the Myanmar Bird & Nature Society undertook an Education Program for Waterbird and Wetland Conservation in and around Inle Wetland Bird Sanctuary in East Myanmar. This project is mainly aimed towards school children and their teachers with the purpose of motivating them to cooperate in the conservation of waterbirds and wetlands.
Shorebird ecologists and conservationists from Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States gathered on the Yukon Delta refuge's Bering Sea coastline from 2-13 September 2004.
As of 21 September 2004, the North East Asian Crane Site Network jumped to 28 sites with the addition of two sites from the Republic of Korea: Gumi-Haepyung Wetland and Suncheon Bay. This brings the number of crane network sites in the Republic to four.
The RIZA Wetland Advisory and Training Centre (WATC) and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have jointly launched the Wetland Professionals Platform. The platform will provide space for wetland professionals worldwide to interact, exchange information, announce events and training opportunities. Visit, use and bookmark www.wetlandprofessionals.org.
Presented in honour of Luc Hoffmann, one of the founders of Wetlands International, the award has been established in recognition of his outstanding legacy and achievements in wetlands science and conservation.
The Wetlands International Black Sea Programme and the Institute of Ecology (INECO) of the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine organised a training course for NGO representatives. This course on Public Participation in Conservation of Small Rivers took place in Kyiv from 12-18 July 2004. Click here for the report and pictures.
The Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute is organising the International Course on African Wetland Management (ICAWM). The ICAWM, formerly known as The East African Wetland Management Course, is designed for those actively involved in either inland or coastal wetland management. It will be held in Naivasha, Kenya from 13 October - 23 November.
Wetlands International is establishing a Working Group on Wetlands and Poverty Reduction. The first workshop of the Working Group was held in Wageningen, the Netherlands on 27 August 2004
On 4 August the International Seminar on Jiuduansha Wetlands Nature Reserve was held in Shanghai, China. Wetlands International President Dr. Max Finlayson presented the opening speech, which you can read here.
Wetlands International hosted the Mid-Term workshops of the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP). A brief report is available on the Ramsar website.
Specialist Group Coordinators for July/August: Co-chairs Malcom Coulter and Wim Van den Bossche of the Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group.
The review shows the project highlights of our Species, Inventory, Wise Use and Capacity Building programmes over the past year. It includes a "spotlight" on the cross-cutting African/Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Flyways Project that was approved last year and will start implementation in 2005.
Wetlands International is delighted to congratulate Luc Hoffmann on the occasion of his receiving the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL) award, which was announced at the INTECOL dinner on 29th July (7th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands).
The Fourth Working Meeting of the Ukrainian Rivers Network (URN) took place in Sevastopol city, Crimean Autonomous Republic from 23-27 June 2004. It was jointly organised by the "Dobry Svit" Environmental Nature-Conserving Organisation, "Skyphya" Environmental Regional Club, the Wetlands International Black Sea Programme and the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine.
Hilary Chiew explores the world of waterbirds and wetlands and waterbird monitoring through the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) and the latest outcomes as reported in a new regional report (1997-2001).
Wetlands International is pleased to report that the Wetlands International office in Senegal has been awarded by the Senegalese Ministry of Environment. The award is an important recognition of the office's efforts that have been undertaken not only in Senegal but also in other African countries and regions.
From 1-5 June 2004 the International Symposium for Conservation of the Black-faced Spoonbill was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The symposium was organised by the Korean Federation for Environment Movement and was attended by over 50 participants.
On 29 May 2004 the Symposium on the Conservation of Nakdong Esturary was held in Busan City. It was jointly organised by Green Korean United -Busan, Wetlands and Birds Korea and the Korean Federation for Environment Movement to make a joint effort for the conservation of the estuary.
Waterbirds, especially shorebirds are an important part of the environment, and of extremely important value to science, culture, recreation and economic development for many communities. Tidal flats around the Yellow Sea in north-east Asia are crucial feeding areas during northward and southward flights for over 5 million shorebirds that migrate every year between the Arctic and Australasia.
A report that analyses data on waterbirds and wetlands in Asia provides vital insights into major concentrations of wild waterbirds, has just been released. This report will inform national and international conservation programmes of priority sites for waterbirds and is valuable for agencies developing plans to minimize transmission of diseases, such as bird flu between farmed birds and wild birds.
The world’s waterbird populations have suffered serious declines and reductions are set to continue further unless dramatic conservation measures are taken, a major international conference in Edinbu...
On the 22nd of March 2004 Wetlands International-China has been given a great opportunity to give a presentation at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing during a high-level visit from the Netherlands. Deleg...
From 3-8 April the Waterbirds around the World conference was held. Go to the conference pages for the speeches, pictures and press cuttings as well as the Edinburgh Declaration in different language...
We are pleased to announce that Wetlands International has formally launched a new Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) 1997-2001 report Numbers and distribution of Waterbirds and Wetlands in the Asia-Pacif...
The project Small rivers of Ukraine: public participation in their conservation and sustainable use, implemented by Wetlands International's Black Sea Programme, has come to a successful conclusion
The Australasian Wader Studies Group, in conjunction with Wetlands International – China, has just completed the eighth year of training, surveying and shorebird counting activities in the Chinese pa...
The Wetlands International Mali office organised a national training course on wetlands management from 8 to 13 March 2004. The course was organised in the framework of the Biodiversity Internationa...
At the CBD COP7 a decision on biodiversity and climate change was approved on 21 February 2004 regarding of the role of wetlands and particularly peatlands in relation to climate change and mitigatio...
Wetlands International is delighted to welcome Agnès Bracke who this week joined the Ramsar Sites Database team in Wageningen as a Technical Assistant. Agnès has a bachelor's degree in Agronomy speci...
The Manual for an Inventory of Asian Wetlands can now be read in no less than six languages! The original English version is complemented by five Asian languages: Thai, Khmer, Vietnamese, Lao and Ind...
Stefan Pihl features this month as Specialist Group Coordinator. He leads the Seaduck SG, among many other things
The Global Environment Centre and Wetlands International are hosting the Workshop on Integrated Management and Rehabilitation of Peatlands in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 6 and 7 Februar
Wetlands International has a vacancy for a Project and Finance Assistant, who will join the Finance Manager and Finance Officer at HQ - Closed
This day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetland
Wetlands International is keen to provide access to its expertise on waterbirds and its databases, to assist our members and the authorities to better understand the relationship, if any, between wil...
The next Goose Specialist Group meeting is coming up: it will be held from 5-10 March 2004 in Odessa, Ukrain
The Strategy and Action Plan for Mire and Peatland Conservation in Central Europe is out! This report concludes the Central European Peatland Project in which eight countries participated. The result...
This new post has been established to consolidate and to continue the growth of Wetlands International's fundraising capability. This is a demanding, challenging and exciting role, requiring a creati...
Wetlands International manages and develops the Ramsar Sites Database under contract to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat. We are very pleased to announce that the Ramsar Sites Database is now fully ...
The Wetlands International - Ukraine Office has launched the Website of the Ukrainian Rivers Network (URN) www.uarivers.net. The site consists of over 200 web-pages with information about the URN: Mi...
Doug Watkins provides a brief report on three waterbird related meetings held in Japan and Australia in December 2003
The Wetland Restoration Specialist Group delivers this month’s Specialist Group Coordinato
Under the Netherlands DGIS Junior Expert Programme, Kemi Awoyinka has recently joined the Wetlands International Netherlands Team as Wetlands and Poverty Alleviation Program Officer. Kemi holds a B....
The first Specialist Group Coordinator of the month in this new year is dr. Alan Johnson, coordinator of the Flamingo SG. Read more
Simba Chan Crane Flyway Officer announces publication of the latest issue of the Crane Newsletter (#3 of December 2003). The 34 page bumper issue contains a wealth of information on crane related con...
Wetlands International and the Global Environment Centre are organising a side event on Peatlands and Climate Change at the UNFCCC CoP held in Milan on 2 December 2003
James Kushlan is the Specialist Group Coordinator for December
A national Shorebird Workshop for Indonesia was held at Palembang and Sembilang National Park, 13-16 October 2003. Organised by the Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia and Wetlands International - Indone...
The International Waterbird Census Western Palearctic and Southwest Asia Newsletter for 2003 has just come ou
The Wetlands International Ukraine office and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine hosted the International Conference National Strategy for conservation of wetlands of U...
Under the Netherlands DGIS Junior Expert Programme a Wetlands Project Development Officer and a Capacity Building Programme Officer have joined Wetlands International
We are pleased to confirm that Jane Madgwick has been appointed as the new CEO of Wetlands International. A UK citizen, Jane Madgwick has an outstanding record of success while working both in NGOs a...
The final report of the workshop on Conservation practice of Lake Sentarum National Park for improvements of socio-economic condition, local capacity, and ecological integrity is now available. The w...
Around 30 experts who study Arctic nesting shorebirds/waders in their breeding grounds, as well as in staging and “wintering” areas all over the world, held a ground-breaking workshop on the Baltic s...
The Global Environment Facility proposal has been a complex undertaking implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme and lead by Wetlands International as the executing agency in partnersh...
Wetlands International-China, the Gansu Forestry Department-China and the Global Environment Centre will host a workshop on Peatland Conservation and Sustainable Use in Lanzhou, China, 7-9 July 2004...
The 2nd China National Waterbirds Workshop was held on 4-6th November at Dafeng, Yancheng National Nature Reserve. Waterbird managers proposed a set of specific actions that would develop the Waterbi...
This substantial issue contains information on all species of flamingos for the year 2001. A 'Latest news' section provides information on more recent events
The Threatened Waterfowl Specialist Group have produced their annual TWSG News
The Asian Waterbird Census has produced the November issue of its newsletter. It reports back on the large number of activities carried out during this year and looks ahead to the counts that will b...
James Robinson is the Specialist Group Coordinator for November
Earlier this year a dedication ceremony was held at the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre in honour of Stewart Morrison, retired CEO of Ducks Unlimited and chairman of the Wetlands International ...
Wetlands International - Indonesia Office with funding support from ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (ARCBC) has recently translated and published the Shorebird Study Manual (Howe...
In the week of 25 - 30 July 2004, Utrecht University will organise the 7th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands. This Conference will be organised under ...
The Wetlands International Russia office in cooperation with the Ministry for Nature Protection of the Russian Federation organised a workshop on the status and prospects of the Ramsar Network in Rus...
Wetlands International is involved in a partnership to develop a new finance mechanism, “Bio-rights”, which has just launched its website
BirdLife International has launched a ground-breaking guide for governments and civil society to prevent the extinction of Asia's birds, one in eight of which is under threat. HIH Princess Takamado o...
From 14-16 November 2003 the North East Asian Crane Site Network organised a workshop and symposium on the crane and stork conservation in Japan
From 30 October until 1 November the 26th Board of Directors meeting was held in Washington, USA. On the evening of the 30th, a reception for the WI network was held at the Royal Netherlands Embassy...
Waterbird managers proposed a set of specific actions that would develop the Waterbird Site Networks in China and strengthen the network of wetland and waterbird managers
Uganda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands at a ceremony on 30 October, to host the 9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP9) in Ka...
On 10 October 2003 a formal dedication ceremony to the East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Site Network of the Kapar Ash Ponds Station. This internationally important site to shorebirds is the first Ne...
The Specialist Group Coordinator for the month of October is Baz Hughes of the Threatened Waterfowl Specialist Group
The Storks, Ibis and Spoonbills Specialist Group have re-introduced their twice yearly newsletter
The next Goose Specialist Group meeting will be held from 5-10 March 2004 in Odessa, Ukraine
The Wetlands International - Indonesia office has published a comic booklet for children called Adventures in the mangrove forest (Petualangan di Hutan Bakau)
On 19 and 20 December 2003 a two day seminar to promote the use of constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment in Malaysia will be held in Malaysia
The International Wader Study Group - a Specialist Group of Wetlands International and IUCN-The World Conservation Union's Species Survival Commission - has just held a technical workshop and Confere...
The Thai version of the Ramsar Fact Sheet of Thailand's Ramsar Sites was produced under the MPW, a Danida funded project managed by Ramboll and the Wetlands International-Thailand Office. It contain...
A national Shorebird Workshop for Indonesia was held at Palembang and Sembilang National Park, 13-16th October 2003. Organised by the Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia and Wetlands International - Indo...
On 10 October 2003 a formal dedication ceremony was held of the Kapar Ash Ponds Station to the East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Site Network, in recognition of its international importance to shoreb...
This is to announce the passing away of Heinz Hafner, former Coordinator of the Heron Specialist Group. Heinz would be greatly missed for his dynamic leadership of the Specialist Group and contributi...
The workshop was held 9 and 10 October in order to improve communication between the national coordinators and to develop a strategy for the development of the AWC during 2004-2006
From 4-6 November 2003 a workshop on waterbirds conservation will be held in Dafeng City, China. This workshop will follow up on recommendations made at the 2002 initial workshop in Panjin
We greatly regret to announce the passing away of Dineke Beintema on Saturday 18th October 2003. Dineke was a key member of the Ramsar Sites Database Team, based in Wageningen. Dineke served Wetland...
Between 13 and 17 October two workshops are being held in Bogor, West Java: The Workshop on wise use and sustainable peatlands management practices on 13 and 14 October, and the Workshop on The ASEA...
The Wetlands International Strategy 2002-2005 now also has a Thai translation. English, French and Spanish versions were already available
Specialist Group Coordinator for the month of September is Joseph Kerekes of the Diver & Loon Specialist Group
The proceedings of the 2003 meeting of Specialist Groups, held in Wageningen, 26 -27 May 2003 have been sent with a CD rom of presentations to all SG coordinators and our partners who attended the me...
Interim CEO For Wetlands International: With Simon Nash's departure from Wetlands International Doug Taylor will step up to be Interim CEO and take over the responsibilities of the CEO post with effe...
New publication: Knowledge, Culture and Beliefs of the Semelai People of Tasek Bera. This publication documents the traditional knowledge of this indigenous people future generations
International Waterbird Census database program news: a test version of the program was recently sent to a test panel, aiming to reveal any errors or omissions left undetected by the developers. Onc...
Wetlands International - China office in cooperation with the Gansu Forestry Department and the Global Environmental Centre will hold an International Workshop on Peatland conservation and Sustainabl...
Departing message from Delmar Blasco, outgoing Secretary General of the Ramsar Bureau: "The role of the four International Organization Partners (IOPs) of the Convention: BirdLife International, IUC...
Wetlands International is delighted to welcome Karin Schneider von Deimling who joins the Ramsar Sites Database team in Wageningen as a Technical Assistant. Karin, a German national, is a biologist/g...
Wetlands International is very pleased to welcome Dr. Ebil bin Yusof, Wildlife Officer at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks of Malaysia and Professor Mashhor Mansor, Dean of the School o...
In the series Specialist Group Coordinator of the Month: Gilles Deplanque
A professor of Aquatic Biology and wetland conservation, Professor Ali was born on 10 April 1955 in Kedah, Malaysia. In 1978, Prof. Ali completed his BSc in fisheries and limnology from Oregon State ...
The 2002 Annual review is now available to read and download from this site. The review gives details, programme by programme, of activities, outputs and results in 2002. Highlights include a forthri...
The quarterly update of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Shorebird Action Plan has been produced
The 8th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee (MWCC) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 21 and 22 July 200
Wetlands International China has a vacancy for a Wetland Project Development Officer for the duration of three years - Close
The second announcement of the Sixth Woodcock and Snipe Workshop, to be held from 24 to 28 November in Nantes, France, is now available
A new item has been added to the Specialist Group pages: the Specialist Group Coordinator of the Mont
Tasek Bera, Ramsar site since 1994, is the largest freshwater swamp in Peninsular Malaysia and the home of the indigenous Semelai people. In cooperation with the Semelai Association for Boating and T...
The PIN-MATRA proposal Conserving Peatlands of Central Russia: the wise use approach to peatlands ecosystem management has been approved! The project will run until 2006
A new map of International Site Networks for migratory waterbirds in the East Asian-Australasian region has been established under the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy
The upcoming Waterbird and Limnology conference, to be held from 4 to 10 August 2003 in Sacksville, New Brunswick, Canada, will feature a Loon Session
The first Asian Waterbird Census Coordinator Workshop will be held on 9-10 October 2003 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting will focus on the future development of the Asian Waterbird Census
The decisions of the 25th Board of Directors Meeting held last May in Wageningen, the Netherlands, are now available
Coalition launches EUR 30 million Strategy to protect West Africa's coasts and seas: Six West-African countries and fifty conservation, research and development organisations have agreed to work together on marine and coastal conservation at a high-level conference in Dakar, Senegal on 13 June.
A new study by IUCN again demonstrates the high economic value provided by the wetlands of our world
The 25th Board of Directors meeting was held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, on 24 and 25 May
On 29 April 2003, at a meeting of the United Kingdom National Ramsar Committee in Peterborough, United Kingdom, the recently concluded Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between JNCC (United Kingdom) and ...
This bilingual publication (English and French) presents the results of waterbird counts in 36 African countries from July 1998 to January 2001. A downloadable version will be available on this websi...
The May issue of the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) Newsletter has just come out. This issue provides an update of the AWC since November 2002. Special attention is given to the report for the AWC 2003...
At the World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan, Wetlands International was represented by Mr. Bakary Kone. Read the summary of his presentation Towards a wise use of the scarce river water of the Upper Nig...
Two new proposals by the Wetlands International Senegal office on conservation & awareness of black crowned cranes in West Africa have been accepted for funding by Chester Zoo
An information packed report on shorebird activities undertaken in the flyway in 2002 to implement the Action Plan for Conservation of Migratory Shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway: 2001...
Wetlands International has recently signed a Letter of Intent with the National Centre for Tropical Wetland Research (NCTWR Australia), and the Wetland Advisory and Training Centre (WATC-RIZA) , the ...
Alvin Lopez leaves Wetlands International. Alvin has been with Wetlands International since 1996. In his most recent position as the Project Leader for the Asian Wetland Inventory (AWI), he was succe...
Get involved in the Global Threatened Birds update by joining the discussion forum that has been set up by BirdLife International for this purpose
Wetlands International was saddened to learn of the passing on Tuesday 11 March 2003, of Jan Rooth. A pioneer of international wetland and waterbird conservation, he participated in the MAR Conferenc...
On Wednesday 26 March Wetlands International attended the informal farewell reception for Douglas Hykle, Dep. Executive Secretary of the Bonn Convention, who takes up a post at the UNEP office in Ban...
Get involved in the Global Threatened Birds update by joining the discussion forum that has been set up by BirdLife International for this purpose
Sunday the 2nd of February was World Wetlands Day - the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
A selection of lakes in Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces were surveyed by two teams over a 3-week period in January 2003. The target species was Dunlin, but other waterbirds have been counte...
In January 2003 Wetlands International In January 2003 Wetlands International received a grant from the ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (ARCBC) for translation of the recently pub...
Wetlands International was actively involved in Ramsar COP8 (Valencia, Spain, November 2002). Read reports about side events
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Malaysia has called for proposals to undertake a Multi-Disciplinary Assessments (MDAs) of peat swamp forests (PSF). The MDAs are expected to ...
Wetlands International is delighted to announce that Melanie Steinkamp has joined the organization from 1/1/03 as our North American Programme Manager. Melanie will be hosted by the US Fish and Wil...
The decisions of the 24th Board of Directors Meeting held in Valencia, Spain are now available
To determine the migratory routes of the globally threatened Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor, a species restricted to eastern Asia, 11 individuals were captured and fitted with green leg bands i...
Palau joins the Ramsar Convention making it the fourth Contracting Party from Oceania
Singapore's Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve celebrated its 10th anniversary with its nomination as the 30th site in the East-Asian Australasian Shorebird Network Site. Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore...
Wetlands International is saddened to learn of the recent passing of George Atkinson-Willes, a founding father of the International Waterfowl Census and champion of waterbird conservation
Wetlands International was saddened to learn of the passing of former IWRB President, Dr. James H. Patterson who was a distinguished wetland conservationist who made outstanding contributions to Wetl...
The Wildlife Conservation Society and Wetlands International have produced a photographic guide to the turtles of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia
Wetlands International is seeking candidates for the following two Associate Expert positions: a Wetlands & Poverty Alleviation Programme Officer to be based in the Netherlands, and a Capacity Buildi...
As part of the ongoing process of organisational integration and harmonization, Wetlands International's senior managers gathered in Wageningen from 30 September to 4 October for a week of strategic ...
Hidden in the deep swampy waters of Tasek Bera is the fascinating and rare Purple Water Trumpet or Cryptocoryne purpurea. It had lain submerged in the lake's water, undiscovered, until Professor Nie...
Over the last year Wetlands International has secured funding to develop its now famous Tasek Bera Wetland Kit developed for Malaysia's first Ramsar site for use in two other countries. Cambodia Wet...
Claire Nivet, wetland inventory officer for the Pan-European Wetland Inventory review, has left Wetlands International for a planned move with her partner and son to her native France. Claire's enthu...
The first issue of the Thai version of Wetland Wonders has been produced by Wetlands International-Thailand Programme in collaboration with Office of Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Sc...
Fairly widespread in Europe, the Black Stork Ciconia nigra remains scarce in Africa, where its population estimate is 27,500 (Rose and Scott, 1997). To join its winter quarters in Africa, the Black S...
In addition to the three Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards granted for 2002, a Recognition of Excellence has been conferred upon two individuals whose distinguished service has significantly further...
Dr. Oliver Biber has replaced Dr. Werner Suter as a Swiss National Delegate to Wetlands International. Dr. Biber is employed with the Section International Nature and Landscape (BUWAL). Dr. Biber joi...
On 16 May 2002, the Head of Mission from the New Zealand High Commision presented a cheque for RM10,000 to Wetlands International-Malaysia Programme to spearhead a project to further develop an exist...
The Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee (MWCC) responsible for coordinating the development, monitoring and implementation of the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Str...
In the year 2000, Shell Malaysia Berhad sponsored the development and production of the Tasek Bera Wetlands Activity Pack. Tasek Bera, Malaysia’s first and only Wetland of International Importance o...
It is with great sadness that Wetlands International must report the death of Kazimierz Dobrowolski. Kazimierz served as the National Delegate for Poland (alongside Zygmunt Krzeminski) on the Board o...
We are pleased to announce that under the Netherlands DGIS Junior Expert Programme, Tunde Ojei has recently joined the Wetlands International West Africa Team as Specialist Group Network Development ...
The Board of Directors of Wetlands International met on 20-21 April 2002 in Wageningen, the Netherlands. This first meeting of the new Board, elected during last November's Board of Members meeting...
We are pleased to announce that under the Netherlands DGIS Junior Expert Programme, Pieter Terpstra has recently joined the Wetlands International West Africa Team as the West Africa Programme Develo...
Wetlands International was awarded the "Asia Water Management Excellence Award 2002" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 26 March 2002 for its work in promoting the conservation of water resources and wetla...
President Jiang Zemin of the People's Republic of China called for an increased nation-wide effort to promote the harmonious development of China's population, resources and environment at a nationa...
We are pleased to inform you that Wetlands International is currently implementing a project entitled "Status Overview and Recommendations for the White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) Central Asia...
World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually on 2 February in commemoration of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, in Ramsar, Iran in 1971
For the last few years, WSG has been undertaking a major project to review and update population size estimates for all migratory wader species in the African-Eurasian region. This huge exercise comm...
New Slovenian National Delegate - Andrej Bibič has been replaced by Mrs Natasa Salaja. She is employed at DOPPS as head of Skocjanski zatok nature reserve (coastal wetland) , which is managed for th...
With the launch (ceremony) of Save the Wetlands volume 5 (formerly Wetland Wonders) on 7 August 2001, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad (HSBC) and the New Straits Times Press have once again shown their comm...
The project aims to establish a sound information base and identified network for effective conservation actions for the Central Asian Population of the White-headed Duck. The project will review th...
The Asia Pacific Migratory Waterbirds Listserver was recently launched. The aim is to provide a forum for non-government and government organisations and individuals with an interest in sharing info...
The 2.5-year project Conservation of wetlands and wetland species in Southwest Siberia (Russian Federation) aimed at elaboration of a community-participated management vision for two important Siberi...
Doug Watkins has been appointed Manager of Wetlands International - Oceania. Doug will continue to be based at our Canberra office that is hosted by Environment Australia. He will also continue to ov...
The Asian Wetland Symposium proved to be a successful occasion for people to meet each other, share experiences, network, collaborate, and get new ideas on wetland conservation. A total of 349 partic...
More than 1300 scientists worked for five years to build our knowledge about the link between ecosystems and human well-being. The findings confirm that ecosystems are degrading rapidly, with wetla...
On 1-4 September 2000, the Regional Workshop "Wetlands Conservation in the Caucasus" was conducted in Kobuleti, Georgia. It was organised by the Georgian Center for the Conservation of Wildlife (GCCW...
The North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve (Latvia), the Nigula Nature Reserve (Estonia) and Wetlands International will jointly organise a development workshop for the North Livonian Wetland Project on Thu...
Wetlands International and the Dutch State Forestry Service Staatsbosbeheer received a second cheque of NLG 50,000 from Banrock Station winery
Wetlands International is currently drafting the Black Sea Wetlands Directory, which will include information and maps on all coastal wetlands of international and national importance. See the final ...
An inception workshop at the end of October marked the official start of a wetland conservation project in southwest Siberia (Russia). The project’s main objective is to draft a management vision fo...
Workshop on Scoter winter ecology and the impact of offshore activities organised by the Seaduck Specialist Group
An international wetland workshop took place in Odessa (Ukraine) from 26-27 September 2000. The workshop Conservation, restoration and wise-use of wetlands and wetland resources along the Black Sea c...
Ellen Amting, a Dutch National from Amsterdam joined us today as Wetland Database Management Assistant. She replaces Jantien van Oord who recently moved to Haarlem. Ellen will bring the Ramsar Databa...
The project "Support for the conservation of wetlands and wetland species in the Azov-Black Sea region of Ukraine", has produced an impressive number of outputs during its course(1997 and 2000). The ...
Wetlands International recently signed a contract with the Food and Agriculture Organization (of the UN) for a consultancy in Iran. It is a World Bank-funded Irrigation Improvement project. Wetlands ...
While the northern summer resulted in a torpid news turnover, that didn't mean that things haven't been happening elsewhere on this website! First of all, we have initiated measures to improve the sp...
Wetlands International is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Nash as our new International Director, with effect from 1st September 2000. Mr. Nash replaces the previous International Direct...
Wetlands International is pleased to inform you that from 1 September 2000, Dr. Gerard C. Boere from the Division of International Affairs of the Netherlands Ministry for Agriculture, Nature Manageme...
Libya completed its accession formalities on 5 April 2000, and the Convention on Wetlands, as amended by the Paris Protocol of 1982, will come into force for the Libyan on 5 August 2000. The new Part...
The Wetlands International West Africa office has just launched a new project with support from the British Embassy in Dakar. The focus is on community wetland initiatives, and we have chosen four se...
Vacancy for GEF project coordinator to lead the "Wetland and Waterbird Conservation along African -Eurasian Flyways" project - Closed
On 28 May 2000 Wetlands International will participate in the National Nature and Environment Fair. This Fair celebrates 45 years of "green" radio programmes produced by the VARA public broadcasting ...
An article based on a WIMSG-led project is the "Review of the Month" from the 50th Anniversary issue of the journal Marine and Freshwater Researc
Those fine folk in the Wetlands International Seaduck Specialist Group and National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark have just issued the first announcement for the next Seaduck Specialist G...
Wetlands International has recently entered into a partnership with the Banrock Wine company from Australia and the Dutch State Forestry Service to facilitate wetland restoration projects in the Net...
In a Time special edition, Earth Day 2000, the popular news magazine reports on the upcoming UN and partners' State of the Planet report. Wetlands are one of five critical ecosystems assessed in thi...
Valuable winter nesting and breeding sites on the coast of North-East England are to get extra protection, said Environment Minister, Chris Mullin. The Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Special Protectio...
After nine months intensive work by Wetlands International, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has recently approved 350,000 USD (matched by a further ca. 300,000 USD) towards the preparation of
Pablo Canevari, a long time supporter, employee and friend of Wetlands International died on 22nd March in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a result of complications following a recent illness. Pablo wa...
Plans for the construction of rowing and canoeing facilities for the Athens 2004 Olympics in the sensitive Schinias coastal wetland area are under way - WWF issues this Press Releas
March 30th 2000 - The Importance of the Black Sea Coastal Wetlands, especially for Migratory Waterbirds - workshop report Top Wetlands International's Black Sea office in Ukraine organised an intern...
The Second World Water Forum & Ministerial Conference, jointly organised by the World Water Council and the Netherlands Government, commences today in The Hague
The Wetlands International West Africa programme has recently hired 3 persons on consultancy contracts in the West Africa regional office. They are: 1. Publications Officer Charles Mamady Beye, fro...
The following newsflash is based on a press release from WWF. Wetlands International strongly supports the activities of WWF to stop the planned construction of a dam in the Vistula river. The Vistul...
Benin completed the formalities for joining the Convention on Wetlands, as amended by the Paris Protocol of 1982, and the Convention will come into force for Benin on 24 May 2000. Benin has designate...
Wetlands International's Moscow office has just published the Strategy and Action Plan for Wetland Conservation in the Russian Federation (in Russian). An English version will be published soon. The ...
Wetlands International is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Douglas Taylor as International Science Coordinator. He will succeed Dr. Nick Davidson, who has accepted the position of Depu...
Wetlands International - Russia is organising an exhibition of children's drawings and photos on World Wetlands Day, 2nd February 2000. Here are some of the pictures received during the "Amazing Wetl...
Wetlands International - Africa Europe, Middle East is pleased to announce that its new Executive Director, James McCuaig, has taken up his duties in the Netherlands as of January 10, 2000. Jim was s...
Hot news from the International Waterbird Census in the Western Palearctic and southwest Asia. Simon Delany, assisted by a cast of literally thousands brings you all the latest news, views and statis...
28 Sept - 1st Oct 2000, Odessa, Ukraine. Following the first workshop under this project held in the Po delta in January 1999, the final gathering of the 10 participating deltas will take place by th...
The Wetland Advisory and Training Centre in Lelystad, The Netherlands -- host of the famously successful annual International Courses on Wetland Management (Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Wa...
The suggested theme for World Wetlands Day 2000 is "Celebrating Our Wetlands of International Importance". One of the texts being offered by the Ramsar Bureau in honor of WWD 2000 is an interpretatio...
Sierra Leone has become Ramsar's 118th Contracting Party and has designated as its first Wetland of International Importance (the Convention's 1014th) the "Sierra Leone River Estuary", a 295,000-hect...
On Tuesday, 7 December 1999, at the Greek Embassy in Paris, Dr. Luc Hoffmann, Director Emeritus and Counsellor of Honour for Wetlands International, was given the insignia of Commander of the Order o...
The Seaduck Specialist Group now has a Web-site, with information on its aims and activities, how to join and a downloadable version of its most recent Newsletter (No. 8)
During the recent regional workshop organised in the context of the project on fish biodiversity conservation in West African Wetlands a new association of people with an interest in West African fis...
2 February each year is World Wetlands Day -- it marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar, on the shores of the Caspian Sea. WWD w...
By popular request, the contents of the CD report Global review of wetland resources and priorities for wetland inventory is now made available for browsing. This web version of the CD will open in
On 1 November 1999 the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Waterbirds (AEWA) entered into force. Currently 20 Range States have signed and ratified the AEWA. In the last few days Finlan...