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Youth Engaged in Wetlands help close Ramsar COP13

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:57 AM

World Wetland Network supported the Youth Engaged in Wetlands team to make a statement during the closing plenary at Ramsar COP13. The YEW team called on the parties to fully commit to implementation of the resolutions, and to involve youth in policy making and implementation of the convention. Their statement proposed the theme for Ramsar COP 14 as Youth and Wetlands.


Congratulations to Elise Allely, Lucia Gamarra and Gab Mejia who led the successful Youth Engaged in Wetlands activities. The statement was presented by Anne Valentina Bourbon from Emirates Nature-WWF. Takuma Satoh, President of Youth Ramsar Japan and Manouore Awa Njoya, Permanent Secretary of Réseau Africain des Jeunes pour les Zones Humides (Cameroon) joined her on the podium.

Read the Youth Declaration.

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WWN delivers NGO statement to Ramsar COP13

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 11:54 AM

WWN has facilitated and delivered a unified statement by NGOs attending the Ramsar COP 13 in Dubai.
After a meeting of 51 delegates before the COP opened, we prepared a statement representing the expertise and values of the NGOs. We negotiated a slot to present the statement to the Conference.

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Addressing more than 1,000 delegates, Maia Sarrouf Willson, the Research and Conservation Manager at the Environment Society of Oman presented the following message:

The World Wetland Network is grateful for this opportunity to address Ramsar COP13. WWN is a global alliance of Non-Government and Civil Society Organisations, with long-term connection to local wetlands. Our members are a considerable force for conservation and wise use.

Our recent Citizen Science Global Wetland Survey found the statistically most important driver for positive wetland protection and wise use is engagement of Non-Government Organisations and local communities. We provide solutions and want to play our part in making the Ramsar Convention a success.

To this end, we call on the Contracting Parties to engage with Non-Government Organisations, indigenous people, and local communities at all levels, including Ramsar Site assessment and management, National Wetland Steering Committees and through active involvement at the COP.

We urge the Contracting Parties to support full participation, transparency, capacity building and learning among the different players in wetland protection. But to ensure this is effective, resources are needed. Small inputs at the local level will yield significant benefits for wetland wise use and conservation.

World Wetland Network is hosting a Youth Forum in the side events. We encourage the Contracting Parties and the Partner Organizations to meaningfully engage young people as key stakeholders in the Ramsar family. They are a powerful force to help prevent, stop and reverse the trend of wetland loss and degradation.

In less than three years, on World Wetlands Day 2021, the Ramsar Convention turns 50. What will be our legacy? There’s no Planet B and we’re out of time. Let’s act boldly together at this meeting and beyond for conservation and wise use of wetlands.

Due to the limited time allowed, World Wetland Network’s Opening Statement to Ramsar COP13 was abbreviated. Click here for the full-text version developed in collaboration with 51 NGO delegates attending the Pre-COP Meeting held on Monday 22 October 2018.


State of world's wetlands at Ramsar COP13

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 9:16 AM

Where are wetlands deterioating, where are they improving? Together with the Society of Wetlands Scientists and WWT we called on hundreds of citizen scientists to report the ecological condition and influences on their wetlands. The trends are inlightening and empowering for regional and national planners amd conservation scientists. 

Nick Davidson, Rob McInnes, Chris Rostron, and Matthew Simpson will present results, revealing trends at continetal and regional level, at the Ramsar COP13 in Dubai. 

If you are attending Ramsar COP13, come along!

Room 5A
Wednesday 24 October

World Wetland Network @ Ramsar COP 13, Dubai, UAE

Friday, October 05, 2018 at 10:32 AM

WWN NGO Pre-COP Meeting

Update: read the final NGO statement.

Monday 22 October 9 am–12 noon.
Admiral Plaza Hotel, Khalid Bin Walid Road, Al Nadhia Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai (8.7 km from Dubai International Airport).
Cost 20 AED ( 5 US$ / Euro)
To register click here.

WWN will be attending Ramsar COP 13 and we hope to meet you at our NGO Pre-COP Meeting.

We will be working with NGOs to prepare Opening and Closing Statements, meeting daily at our Exhibition Stand, hosting a Youth Forum and participating in several other side events. If you would like to contribute to our NGO Opening Statement email the Chair Louise Duff with your thoughts by Friday 19/10.


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