WWN Africa Webinar 2014, 2nd July - a great opportunity for this discussion on the role of NGOs and civil society in protecting wetlands, and how we can work better with Ramsar and other conservation organisations. Click here for a recording of the webinar, with presentations from Ramsar representative Paul Ouedraogo, WWN Director Chris Rostron, and Luciano Andriamaro from Conservation International in Madagascar.
Lake Natron: Tanzania was awarded a Blue Globe award for preventing an earlier plan to build a soda ash plant at Lake Natron; after another attempt to build it, WWN sent a letter to President Kikwete to ask him to reconsider the development, see the Birdlife link for more. This latest proposal has also been turned down, securing the lake for its lesser flamingo population.
A hugely diverse continent, Africa includes the Mediterranean countries of the north, characterised by hot conditions and with fertile areas near the cost, neighbouring the desert areas of the Sahara. East Africa has high concentrations of wetlands, many of which are Ramsar sites and mangrove areas, whilst West Africa has drier conditions and fewer sites.
Central Africa has more tropical conditions, and the huge wetlands of the Rift Valley, descending to Southern Africa with a more temperate climate. Communication between wetland NGOs is made more difficult by the difference languages spoken (French, English, Portuguese etc) and by the relatively poor IT resources at their disposal.