Title: Ramsar at 40: A Global Framework for Water and Ecosystem Solutions
Event type: Side Event
Date: 2011-08-21
Time: 17:45 - 18:45
Convenor: Ramsar Secretariat, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Wetlands International (WI)
Room: K16/17

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was established in 1971 in recognition of the critical importance of wetlands for environmental and human well-being. For 40 years, it has played a vital role in the world’s efforts to conserve and make sustainable use of wetlands. Because many of the problems faced by wetlands are ultimately associated with water, the convention has addressed many issues relevant to water planning and management. As such, and in the absence of ratified convention on water, it provides the only international framework dealing with many water issues.

In this session we will examine the important role the convention has played in developing and contributing to important concepts - including the wise-use concept - that have a direct bearing on water. The primary objective of the session will be to demonstrate how the convention can contribute to solutions for many of the water related problems that we currently face. It will include a moderated discussion on the way forward and how the convention should best link with the water sector for the next 40 years.

Discussion Questions:

  • What are the opportunities and constraints for using wetlands to address specific water management issues (e.g. water storage, flood regulation, improving water quality etc.)?
  • How can Ramsar become more relevant to the water sector (i.e. in terms of policy direction or practical implementation) in future?


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