Natural flow case studies for COP14

At Ramsar COP14 we hope to present a side-event promoting the the natural flow of rivers and water to the signatory governments and NGOs present. Ramsar Network Japan and the Korean Wetland Network are leading the side-event, supported by WWN. We would like to present examples from beyond those two countries, showing the damage done …

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In Memoriam Dr Paul Ouedraogo

Wetlands lost a friend last week. Dr Paul Ouedraogo passed away at the age of 58, and was formerly the Senior Regional Advisor for Africa in the Ramsar Secretariat. During that time he was a firm supporter of WWN Africa, ensuring that the voice of civil society groups was heard at the convention at all …

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Ramsar COP14 to be held in Geneva

The next wetlands Conference of the Parties, Ramsar COP14, has been rescheduled. It will now happen in Geneva, Switzerland, on 5 to 13 November, chaired virtually by China. COP14 was originally to be held in Wuhan, China, later in November. The COVID situation in that country has made that difficult. The updated plan is for …

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WWN in South Korea

Conservationist at KFEM and WWN Korea member Jung Hanchul met Chris Rostron (WWN vice chair) as part of an EAAFP project looking at the Hwaseong mudflats, important habitat for migratory species along the East Atlantic Flyway. It is part of a bid to create a World Heritage Site based on the Korean ‘getbol’ or tidal …

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Call to protect Lagos urban wetlands

The WWN Committee has sent letters to multiple influential figures in Lagos, Nigeria, asking them to limit the destruction of an urban wetland there. The National Theatre, Nigeria, is a cultural centre built among wetlands in Nigeria’s economic hub. Local birders, such as the Lekki Bird Club, visit it to see birds including migratory and …

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Croc-doc: film on saving crocodiles

Georges Hedegbetan of CREDI-ONG shares a documentary about his group’s crocodile conservation in Benin. The film is produced in French with English subtitles, and includes interviews with his colleagues on social and technical aspects of their work for some less-favoured wetland species. Topics include population monitoring and studying individuals, tracking, working with hunters, engagement and …

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BECDA starts school programme

WWN member in Uganda, BECDA, has started an environmental literacy programme in schools. Twinamasiko Pasco shares this video clip of him engaging with the children: As well as this awareness raising among the young people, the programme will also cover more biological processes: they will develop nursery beds, and climate smart agriculture.