Wetland Globes winners summary

Awards 2012

The WWN globe awards 2012 were announced on the 7th of July at the Ramsar CoP11, and delivered by the WWN committee.  You can see the report on WWN’s work at the Ramsar COP here. We gave six blue globe awards for well-managed wetlands, and five globe awards for wetlands under threat.  Below are the awards, by region, with downloadable information for each.


the Nosivolo River wetlands, Madagascar (Blue Globe) has benefited from community decision-making and action to conserve and protect the wetlands (video). Lac Nokoué, Benin (Grey Globe) suffers from a combination of agricultural damage, invasive species and over-exploitation (video).


Maruyama Gawa, Japan (Blue Globe) has seen a lot of conservation work delivered, including ‘wildlife-friendly’ rice cultivation, which has seen the return of the Oriental white stork (video).  The 4 Major Rivers Project (Grey Globe) in the Republic of Korea resulted in major damage to riverine wetlands from river engineering activities (video).


Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs, USA (Blue Globe) is a good example of involving indigenous communities in the sustainable management of wetlands (video). 

Pomorie Lake (Blue Globe) has had much work done by the Green Balkans NGO, resulting in community engagement and practical habitat and species improvement (video).  Kopacki Rit, Croatia (Grey Globe) is threatened by proposed river engineering projects (video).


The Pantanos de Villa, Peru (Blue Globe) is a good example of local involvement of partners from community, business and local government groups, resulting in an accessible and popular urban wetland site (video).  The Lago de Tota, Colombia (Grey Globe) has not been recognised as a protected area yet, and suffers from agricultural pollution and over-use (video).

North America


Whangamarino wetland, New Zealand (Blue Globe) has seen much work done to include local people in the management of the site, with resources to remove invasive species and manage water levels (video).  Towra Point, Australia (Grey Globe) suffers from many issues common to other urban sites such as multiple ownership, pollution, and encroachment from invasive speices (video).

2010 Awards results

After a successful awards event at the CBD COP in Nagoya on the 26th of October, and can now announce the awards.  There were 16 awards, across 6 continents.  Projects ranged from wetland restoration in Rwanda, communities protesting against wetland damage in Costa Rica, to ongoing protection of Lake Natron in Tanzania. 

Blue Globes: 
Lake Natron Basin (Tanzania), Nakatsu tidal flats (Japan), Danube Delta (Romania),  Laguna de la Cocha (Colombia), Marais de Kergus (Canada), Pambula wetlands (Australia)

Green Globes:
Rugezi-Bulera-Ruhondo (Rwanda), Riserva Naturale Regionale Foce dell’Isonzo (Italy), Laguna de Cube (Ecuador), Olentangy River Wetlands (Ohio, US),

Grey Globes:
Embouchure de la Moulouya (Morocco), Lower Jordan River (Syria, Jordan, Israel), Mar Menor (Spain), Playa Caletas (Costa Rica), Louisiana Coastal Wetlands (US), Lower Merri River (Australia).