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Research in Asia

Support to Wetlands


Duration : January 1, 2006 - December 31, 2013
Overview:

To ensure that we meet our obligation to the Ramsar convention where we are a partner organization. In 2010 the sub-project will focus on: 1) IWMI support to Ramsar through i) participation in the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) and ii) assisting in the implementation of the 2009-2012 workplan by contributing to working groups most noteably those relating to: a) wetlands and agriculture; b) wetlands and climate change; c) wetlands and water resource management; d) wetland inventory, assessment, monitoring and reporting; e) wetlands and poverty reduction/eradication 2) Conversion of the IWMI issues paper on wetlands, agriculture and poverty alleviation into an IWMI RR, with a greater emphasis on wetland water productivity. 3) Completion of papers from the GEF project on wetlands, livelihoods and environmental security. 4) Collaboration the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency through participation in the wetlands theme of the ALOS K&C Science Team 5) Writing a paper on the role of Ramsar's Wise Use Guidelines in the Kolleru Lake restoration - including an expanded assessment of the socio-economic impacts of decisions taken. 6) Final report from the China project 7) Development of IWMI wetland strategy for the board meeting. 8) Contribution to wetlands chapter of the FAO State of Land and Water Report --------------- In 2009 the sub-project will focus on: 1) IWMI support to Ramsar through i) participation in the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) and ii) assisting in the implementation of the 2009-2012 workplan by contributing to working groups most noteably those relating to: a) wetlands and agriculture; b) wetlands and human health; c) wetlands and climate change; d) wetlands and water resource management; e) Wetland inventory, assessment, monitoring and reporting 2) Development of an IWMI issues paper on wetlands, agriculture and poverty alleviation. 3) Completion of papers from the GEF project on wetlands, livelihoods and enviornmental security for a journal special edition 4) Collaboration with the Kyoto Science Team of the Japanese Space Agency ---------------- In 2008 the subproject will focus on: 1/ Participation in the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) to implement 2006-2008 Workplan by performing STRP functions identified by SC with anticipated inputs to working groups on ?wetlands and agriculture?, ?water resource management?, ?wetland inventory and assessment, including indicators?, (2) Participation in the COP meeting in Korea in October with advice on resolutions and inputs to the meeting -------------------- In 2007 the subproject will focus on the following key areas of work: For the activity IWMI Collaboration with Ramsar: 1/ Participation in the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) to implement 2006-2008 Workplan by: (i) performing STRP functions identified by SC; (ii) leadership of Working Group on ?wetlands and agriculture? and technical inputs to others, notably ?water resource management?, ?wetland inventory and assessment, including indicators?, and CEPA. 2/ Preparation of a range of technical and CEPA wetlands and water-related materials, through the STRP, and activities of the established STRP Oversight Committee, Management Working Group, Subgroup on the Strategic Plan and CEPA Oversight Panel. 3/ Further development of joint IOP initiative. 4/ Contribution to the Convention?s mission, objectives and procedures, Work Plan and Strategic Plan, through participation as an observer on the Ramsar Standing Committee (SC). For subproject CA-Ramsar Report on Wetlands and Agriculture: The preparation of a report for Ramsar that addresses key questions posed by the Convention, and includes the findings of the CA, on wetlands and agriculture issues.

Location(s): Ethiopia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Sri Lanka
Project Contact: McCartney, M.
Donor(s): UNRES