Ramsar

Ramsar Releases Fourth Edition of Handbooks on Wise Use of Wetlands [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released the fourth edition of the Ramsar Handbooks for the wise use of wetlands, in PDF format. The 20 handbooks, together with the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2009-2015, embody all of the current guidelines and advice officially adopted by the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) on a range of wetland-related matters, including wetland policy and management, inventory and monitoring, river basin management, Ramsar Site designation, and international cooperation.

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Ramsar, Society of Wetland Scientists Strengthen Cooperation [viewed]

11 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) signed a third Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC), for 2011-2015, to collaborate on areas of common interest for wetland conservation and wise use.

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Caribbean Wetlands Initiative Discusses Ramsar Convention Implementation [viewed]

13 July 2011: The second meeting of the Caribbean Wetlands Initiative discussed the region's implementation of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), and resulted in agreement on activities and material to be presented and disseminated during the upcoming Pan-American meeting and the 11th meeting of the contracting parties (COP 11) to the Ramsar Convention.

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East Asia Ramsar Regional Center Organizes Wetland Training Programme [viewed]

July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the Fourth Wetland Managers Training Programme for North East and South East Asia, which took place from 20-24 June 2011, in the Republic of Korea.

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Ramsar Centre for Eastern Africa Holds First Planning Meeting [viewed]

July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the first plannning meeting of the Ramsar Centre for Eastern Africa (RAMCEA) brought together partner States to discuss the operationalization of the Centre. The meeting aimed to: agree on the governance and structure of, and the Strategic Framework for, the RAMCEA; assess the capacity gaps of the different contracting parties; and inform partner States about the RAMCEA, tools for implementing the Ramsar Convention, and national and regional linkages.

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Asian Wetland Symposium Focuses on Integrated Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

20 July 2011: The Asian Wetland Symposium Sabah 2011, which was organized around the theme “Integrated biodiversity conservation: Linking forests and wetlands,” aimed to enhance synergy in the delivery of the targets and goals of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and UN Forum on Forests (UNFF).

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Ramsar Reports on Cooperation for Anzali Wetland [viewed]

22 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has reported on the launch of the Management Committee for the Anzali Wetland in Iran.

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Ramsar Releases Report from Mission to Spanish Site Doñana [viewed]

25 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the report of the mission to Ramsar Site Doñana, in Spain, carried out on 20-22 January 2011, is now available in Spanish. The mission was conducted together with the World Heritage Centre 0f the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), acting as the advisor for natural sites.

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US Designates 30th Ramsar Site [viewed]

26 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the United States has named the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge as its 30th Ramsar Site.

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Ramsar Publishes Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Wetlands to Climate Change [viewed]

July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released Ramsar Technical Report No. 5, titled "A Framework for assessing the vulnerability of wetlands to climate change."

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