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Importance of the Black Sea coastal wetlands, especially for migratory waterbirds

30-Mar-2000

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...
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 international workshop on "The Importance of the Black Sea Coastal Wetlands, especially for Migratory Waterbirds" on 10-11 February 2000 in Odessa, Ukraine. With the meeting the first phase of the project "Black Sea coastal wetlands" was started. The workshop served as a forum to exchange ideas on: 1) the development of a Directory of the Black Sea Coastal Wetlands 2) the enhancement of international cooperation between wetland and waterbird experts and organisations in the Black Sea region, and ) the identification of priorities for wetland conservation in the region. 42 key wetland and waterbird experts from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom attended the workshop. They discussed the current status of the monitoring programmes on waterbirds and coastal wetlands in the Black Sea region. The participants agreed to enhance international cooperation between wetland and waterbird experts and organisations in the region. Special attention was paid to the gap-filling census in 2002/2003 for the International Waterbird Census as well as the importance of the region for different waterbird flyways in relation to the AEWA agreement. Further cooperation between wetland and waterbird experts was stimulated by the participation of the workshop participants in the 20th Meeting of the Ukrainian Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Working Group on 12-14 February 2000 which was held in Odessa too. More than 150 mainly Ukrainian participants took part in this meeting. The conclusive workshop for the "Black Sea coastal wetlands" project will be held on 26-27 September in Odessa. During this workshop the drafts of the Waterbird Monitoring Plan, the Directory of Black Sea Coastal Wetlands as well the Priorities for Wetland Conservation in the Black Sea region will be discussed. Depending on the outcomes of this bottom-up approach, this workshop might evolve in the start of a new initiative for conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in the Black Sea region.

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