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World Wetlands Survey 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:29 PM

WWN, working with SWS (Sociity of Wetlands Scientists, Ramsar Section) and WWT (Wildfowl and Weltands Trust) are pleased to launch the 2017 world wetlands survey, designed to get feedback from those that know and value their local wetlands.  Please see our survey page here, with online versions in multiple languages.  Please pass this on to your friends and colleagues!  Deadline is end of September 2017.

Japan - Korea and WWN meeting

Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 3:04 PM

Some of the WWN Committee members met in Nagoya, Japan at the end of October at a meeting organised by RamsarNet Japan and South Korean colleagues.  It gave us the chance to update on WWN's activities, as well as to start planning for activities leading up to the next Ramsar COP.  The group reviewed our approach and served to reinvigorate the strategy planning process, under the new chair Louise Duff.  Existings member Minoru Kashiwagi, Felipe Velasco and Chris Rostron also attended, with enthuisastic support from Japanese and Korean colleagues, and invaluable input from Lew Young, Ramser Senior Regional Advisor for Asia.

WWN Delivers Closing Statement to Ramsar COP12

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 6:24 AM

Team WWN at Ramsar COP12Following is an excerpt of the WWN closeing statemnt Presented by Rafaela Nicola, World Wetland Network Committee’s Neo-Tropics delegate.

World Wetland Network was launched at Ramsar COP 10; this is our third COP. Our participation in Ramsar is recognised in Resolution 11.6.We were formed to complement the activity of the IOPs. We fully appreciate the value and expertise of the non-governmental IOPs, who work in strong partnership with local communities and indigenous peoples. WWN was formed at the initiative of smaller, grass-roots NGOs and CSOs seeking a voice at the table.

I speak on behalf of our 2000 members worldwide and our friends at the COP: local and sub-regional organisations who have been meeting daily to engage with and monitor this important process.

The core work of the Ramsar COP 12 has been the resolutions. Crafting and revising resolutions. Collaborating, negotiating and finally reaching agreement. We humbly acknowledge the cooperation and hard work of the Secretariat, Contracting Parties and IOPs to create meaningful resolutions that ensure conservation and wise of our world’s wetlands. When we all return home the real challenge begins, turning these resolutions into action. We urge the Contracting Parties to show steadfast commitment and leadership. We stand ready to help at the local level.

The Fourth Strategic Plan is the most significant outcome of this COP, guiding our combined efforts for the next nine years. World Wetland Network welcomes the Contracting Parties initiative to strengthen engagement of NGOs, civil society groups, local communities and indigenous peoples in the Strategic Plan. These stakeholders provide a long-term and often continuous connection to wetland sites and are essential partners to achieve the Ramsar vision.

We encourage Contracting Parties to work cohesively across ministries and prioritise long-term sustainability when approving developments. A healthy environment is fundamental to our economic and social security. Cohesive implementation will be supported by the effective mobilization of National Wetland Committees. We note that establishment of these committees, with both government and nongovernment representatives, is an indicator for success of Goal 1 in the Plan, and we urge the parties to comply.

Our message is loud and clear: we are committed to Ramsar and we want to do more.

To read the full statements:




NGO voices to be heard by Ramsar COP12.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 1:17 PM

An NGO Opening Statement, coordinated by the World Wetland Network is to be presented to the 12th Ramsar Conference of the Parties by Virginia Juele, Aguará Pope today (Wednesday 3 June).

The World Wetland Network will offer the following recommendations for Ramsar consideration:

a)      Recognize that NGOs often create a longer-term and more continuous link for Ramsar sites than Government Representatives.

b)      Develop more structured guidance for Ramsar Parties, and National Focal Points, on how to engage civil society.

c)      Explore options to include more NGOs and civil society organisations in the decision-making process for Ramsar at international, regional and country levels.

d)      Create avenues for NGO and civil society input into reporting on the state of all wetlands, Ramsar site nominations and the Montreux Record.

e)      Prioritize funding and support for NGOs and civil society organisations that are working on Ramsar listed wetlands.

Full and effective collaboration between civil society and contracting parties is critical to achieve wetland conservation at the local level. With regard to the draft resolutions for Ramsar COP 12, NGOs are calling for stronger linkages to the NGO and civil society sector in DR2 – the Strategic Plan and DR 9, the CEPA program.

Please read and share the statements with your networks:

Draft NGO Opening Statement to Ramsar COP12

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 3:13 AM

A Draft NGO Opening Statement to Ramsar COP12 has been developed by World Wetland Network with collaboration of NGO participants at the WWN pre-COP Meeting, Tuesday 2 June 2015, Punta del Este.

The statement will be finlaised at 8am Wednesday 3 June (Uruguay local time). It will be presented to the 12th Ramsar Conference of the Parties by Virginia Juele, Aguará pope, Uruguay on Wednesday 3 June.

Comments for the next 8 hours are welcome.



Ramsar COP open for registration

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3:25 PM

The Ramsar COP12 is now open for registration, please see their website for more information.  If you are a part of a recognised NGO you can apply to attend the COP, which will take place in Uruguay from the 1st to the 9th of June this year.

International Training of the Trainers for IWRM

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 1:33 PM

International Training of the Trainers for IWRM (Integrated Water Resource Management)

Wageningen University, the Netherlands, is running a two week training course for those that want to do training themselves on IWRM - fellowships are available. To approach water management effectively, it needs to integrate technical, economic, ecological, social and legal aspects. This approach goes beyond country borders, and needs to be applied on a river basin scale. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is a process through which people can develop a vision, agree on shared values and behaviour, make informed decisions and act together to manage natural resources of the basin. The stakeholders involved have to understand each other  to achieve the necessary cooperation.

This course, endorsed by the Ramsar Secretariat, aims to enhance your water stewardship skills; enabling you to guide the steps towards the wise management of water. The course is based on the premise that a great water steward knows how to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes, and has strong communication and training skills. A good water steward understands the dynamics of societal learning. The training will apply approaches in line with the Ramsar Handbooks on the Wise Use of Wetlands.  See their website for more details.


Meighan Wetland

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:13 PM

Meighan Wetland

Meighan desert is a unique ecosystem. One of the most important aspects of this uniqueness is the Meighan wetland which has a high biodiversity. The wetland is located 15 km north-east of Arak, and 1670 meters above sea level. It is the most important home of migrant common cranes, Grus grus, in Iran, and also eastern Mediterranean Sea due to the problems that they face in other wetlands in Iran. There are more than 130 species of birds, including ducks, flamingo, Larus minitus, gray crane, greylag goose, etc. The area of the wetland changes from 10,000ha to 12,000ha depending on its water inputs.

At present, 73 plant species are recognized, most of them are halophytes due to the salinity of the area. 10 of them are verified by IUCN, two of them are endangered, and eight of them are vulnerable. The most important specie is a local plant, called Qarah-Daq. Its most important property is sand stabilization.

Some of the most important threatening factors of the area are as follows:


·         Construction of more than 40 dams in front of the catchments of the area, with no regard to the water rights;

·         Construction of more than 1800 wells  in the area during the last 40 years;

·         Unsustainable mineral extraction by the Mineral Factory;

·         Construction of a road at the center of the wetland by the Mineral Factory, which has divided the wetland into two separated parts;

·         Hunting the migrant birds, causing disturbance to the area;

·         Unsustainable grazing;

·         Local dust issues;

·         Lack of comprehensive management for protecting the wetland.

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Last chance to vote

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:18 PM

The 2nd of February, World Wetlands Day, is nearly here, and that is also the deadline for voting for wetlands that you know, as part of WWN's award process.  Although we no longer plan to award the Globes, we will use the information from the voting to select case studies for use at the Ramsar COP, and to produce a publication on Civil Society's view of wetland conservation worldwide.  So please continue to vote!  So far we have leading sites at Las Pinas, the Philippines, and lake Meighan, Iran, with well over 500 votes each!

World Wetlands Day

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Don't forget to celebrate World Wetlands Day, this 2nd of February - you can find out about the tools, resources ad activities on offer at the Ramsar Website.  Remember it's also the deadline for voting for our WWWN wetland globe awards.

New Cartoon guide!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Thanks to our WWN North Andean Countries rep, Felipe Velasco, who has made a new cartoon guide to how to vote for wetlands.  Using an online tool, this simple guide hopes to make things easier for those taking part in the wetland globe awards - see it for yourself here!

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Las Piñas wetland action

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Popularly called Freedom Islands, the Las Piñas – Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LLPCHEA) in the Philippines is a wonderful site composed of Freedom and Long islands. It in fact resembles a bird spreading its wings in this Google Map. Adding to its wonder are the 80 migratory and resident birds such as the endemic Philippine Duck, the endangered Chinese Egret, and the rare Pied Avocet that consider this 175-hectare their home. Add to that are the 5,000 migratory birds passing through it from the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

With its thick mangrove forest, LLPCHEA has protected Metro Manila from typhoon surges. Nine species can be found here, including the Nilad, where the city of Manila (Maynilad) got its name. It contributes to sustainability of the livelihood of Manila Bay communities.  Aside from garbage, big corporations have threatened Manila Bay with reclamation projects that will destroy this critical habitat. Affected communities linking arms with organizations committed to protecting LLPCHEA have been struggling against these reclamation projects. Coastal clean-ups have been continuously conducted for the purpose of regularly cleaning-up the coast and for highlighting the issue of reclamation.

Organizations who lead the advocacy for its protection –Save Freedom Island Movement, Earth Island Institute Philippines, and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, aim to gather more support and raise awareness internationally for the Freedom Islands and the communities caring and protecting it.  Vote for Las Piñas now!

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Wetland Globe Awards - Greece and Peru

Monday, September 08, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Wetland Globe Awards - voting started

Voting has started in earnest now, with wetlands in Peru and Greece taking a lead.  The Pantanos de Villa site, winner of a blue globe award in 2012 (see picture, left), is back in the running with much local support.  Greece also sees a jump in voting, with the Evros delta receiving votes from local groups.  You can vote for your own wetland too - just visit our Wetland Globes pages and vote for a wetland!  We look forward to hearing from you.

Towra point risks second grey globe

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Local campaigners Phil Straw and Professon Joan Dawes who succeeded in obtaining a grey globe award for Towra point in 2012 have been dismayed to see the site continue to degrade, with no additiona resources made available despite fund-raising attempts.  They  are now considering a second campaign that could see the site receive a second Grey Globe award.  See their article here.

WWN Africa Webinar

Monday, July 07, 2014 at 9:58 AM

WWN and Ramsar hosted the first WWN Africa webinar, aimed at all those delivering wetland conservation as part of an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) or civil society group.  The webinar included a presentation from Ramsar's senior regional representative for Africa, Paul Ouedraogo, on how Ramsar works with civil society groups, updates on WWN from the Chair of the network, Mr Chris Rostron, and an excellent presentation from Madagascan colleagues at Conservation International on the work of civil society groups on the Nosivolo River, and how winning WWN's blue globe award had helped their project.  

The webinar was recorded by the hosts, Stetson University, US, and is available to view at this link.  We thank our colleagues at Stetson for helping the webinar go so smoothly, and we are planning another one later this year.

Chris Rostron, Chair, WWN