Archive For 'September, 2017'

Deadline Extended – Ramsar Awards 2018

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:59 PM

The Ramsar Convention Secretariat is calling for nominations for the seventh edition of the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is extended until 30 October 2017

The Awards will be presented at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in October 2018.Three Awards will be granted, and each recipient will receive the Evian Special Prize of US$10,000 kindly offered by the DANONE Group.

The Award categories are:

  • Wetland Wise Use, rewarding a contribution to the long-term sustainable use of wetlands;
  • Wetland Innovation, rewarding an innovative technique that contributes to the wise use of wetlands; and
  • Young Wetland Champions, rewarding a young person or a group of young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have contributed to the wise use of wetlands.

The Ramsar Secretariat invites nominations of suitable individuals, organizations or initiatives, and invites readers to disseminate this call widely within their network, so as to attract as many good nominations as possible.

Nomination forms and information on the criteria and procedures for the Awards are available on the Convention website at http://www.ramsar.org/activities/2018-awards

For inquiries and to submit a nomination E-mail: award@ramsar.org


World rivers day

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:33 AM

WWN Committee members Louise Duff and Minoru Kashiwagi joined an international delegation of conservationists who toured the Nakdong River, South Korea to celebrate World Rivers Day. Nakdong River is the longest river in South Korea. It was regulated with a series of weirs and an estuary dam as part of the Four Rivers Project from 2009-2012. The project caused eutrophication of the river including poor water quality, toxic green algae and fish kills. The fishery collapsed, with major reductions in the populations of commercial fish species such as eels, affecting livelihoods.  

Civil society organisations campaigned against the Four Rivers Project, and continue to call for restoration of the Nakdong River. The Republic of Korea President Mr. Moon Jae-in from the Democratic Party of Korea made an election promise to reverse the Four Rivers Project and restore Nakdong River. He was elected earlier this year. The municipal government of Busan have also committed to restoring the river.

There are complex social, economic and environmental issues to work through with a range of stakeholders and competing interests. But steps are already underway to start the process. Civil society will play a key role ensuring the restoration project proceeds as promised.

The World Rivers Day field tour was organised by the Korean Wetlands NGO Network and Wetlands and Birds Korea as part of the 12th Korea-Japan Wetland NGO Forum in the City of Busan, South Korea from 22-24 of September 2017. Delegates from Korea, Japan, Australia and United Arab Emirates, (where Ramsar COP 13 will be held next year) attended the meeting.

Photo L-R: Minoru Kashiwagi, Jack Judas (UAE) and WWN Chair Louise Duff.


Calling nominations WWN Committee Representatives.

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:10 PM

 

World Wetland Network is refreshing our leadership team in the lead-up to Ramsar COP 13. Our key role is giving NGOs a voice for wetland conservation. Representatives help us connect with the grass-roots in their regions.

We will be electing the Chair, Vice Chair and Regional Representative for the committee, as well as sub-regional representatives to support our work at the country level. WWN does not have funds to cover our committee, we work on a voluntary basis. It is a great way to “think global, act local”, expanding your impact for wetland conservation. To find out more read the Terms of Reference here.

 If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for the committee, email the Chair Louise Duff lduff@cva.org.au with the following details:

1.     Name:

2.     Organisation:

3.     Position:

4.     What role are you nominating for:

5.     CV and/or web link to your web site: 

 

Nominees must be current members. Click HERE to join. Representatives will be appointed at the October meeting.

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Changes to hydrology and agriculture top concerns

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Changes to hydrology and agriculture top concerns for WWN members.

Our snap poll found that World Wetland Network members are most concerned about changes to hydrology; clearing and filling of wetlands; and chemical pollution. The top three causes are listed as agriculture, failure of legislation to protect wetlands; and lack of understanding of wetland values.

Thanks to the 24 members who completed our survey on key wetland threats and causes. You can find the full report here.

 


Meet our members

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 3:06 PM

We now have 141 member organisations representing 409,300 grass-roots members – thank you for joining! We encourage you to make contact and network with members in your region. To see a list of members click here