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Enhanced collaboration for the conservation of Arctic peatlands and waterbirds concluded at Ramsar Convention


Bucharest, Romania - At the recently concluded 11th Ramsar Conference of the Parties in Bucharest, Romania, the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) signed Resolutions of Cooperation with both the Ramsar Secretariat and African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) to work together in order to better promote Arctic wetlands and bring greater attention to their importance. As a close partner of Ramsar, CAFF and AEWA, Wetlands International welcomes these agreements.

Promoting the importance of Arctic wetlands

Ramsar Secretary General Anada Tiéga and Inge Thaulow, CAFF National Representative, Greenland, signed the agreement at a Ramsar side event “For Peat’s Sake! Arctic Wetlands in a Warming World”, that featured information on the status and threats facing peatlands presented by Wetlands International. This cooperative agreement will bring CAFF and Ramsar closer together in order to create and share knowledge that better informs member countries on important Arctic conservation issues.

Greater cooperation for waterbird conservation

Later the same day CAFF signed a Resolution of Cooperation with AEWA “to contribute to international cooperation and build capacity regarding the conservation of migratory waterbird species within the African-Eurasian flyways.” Wetlands International looks forward to the enhanced synergies created by this cooperative agreement.

Involvement of Wetlands International in the conservation of Arctic peatlands and waterbirds

Wetlands International has worked for many years to recognise the important roles played by Arctic wetlands for biodiversity, climate and water regulation. We serve on advisory committees of both CAFF and Ramsar and have sought to elevate the consideration of Arctic ecosystems within both. 

We are an officially appointed observer of AEWA and our waterbird census information supports both Ramsar and AEWA in sustaining waterbird populations. Our data and analysis contribute to the Conservation Status Report that determines the conservation and management measures required from the Contracting Parties.

For more information

See our chapter on Arctic peatlands in the CAFF publication, Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010 – Selected indicators of change. 


Tatiana Minaeva

Wetlands International



Paul Brotherton

Wetlands International


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