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Odessa declaration on Black Sea wetlands

01-Dec-2000

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...
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 coast was organised by Wetlands International with support from the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries. Participants from Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine presented a draft directory of Black Sea coastal wetlands. A special session was devoted to an action plan for coordinated waterbird surveys, including the preparation of a "mega-census" in January 2003. Then, the participants presented an update of the 1994 Action Plan for Black Sea Wetlands (published as IWRB Publication 33 in 1994) and concluded that the elaboration of National Wetland Policies in each country should be given highest priority. The last session was devoted to the discussion of the development of a regional Black Sea wetlands initiative, following the successful example of the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet). The Odessa 2000 Declaration on Black Sea Wetlands concluded that activities for the Black-Azov Sea wetlands should be intensified in a coordinated approach and that the international cooperation on wetland cooperation in the Black-Azov Sea region should be enhanced. The workshop concluded that a small coordination group should follow up the proposal and organise the next steps for the development of a coordinated network of experts and action programme, provisionally named "BlackSeaWet".

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