A Workshop on Wetlands and the Ramsar Convention for countries in the West Asia region is being held next week, 23 to 26 May 2011, at Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah.
The workshop is being held under the patronage of the Fujairah Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi.
It is hosted by the Environment Protection and Development Department of Fujairah.
It is organized by the department, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and the EWS-WWF.
It is supported by the Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW) of the UAE, the Secretariat of the League of Arab States and the UNEP-ROWA.
First for UAE
This will be the first workshop dedicated to the study and protection of wetlands to be conducted in the
The purpose of the workshop is to develop the capacity and expertise of those who manage wetlands and increase their knowledge of this task as it is performed throughout the region.
Those expected to attend the workshop in Fujairah are the site managers and overseers of wetlands from the invited countries which include the GCC nations,
Topics and Themes
More than 30 scientific papers will be presented during the workshop and this will be supplemented by documentaries and displays in the way of case studies on wetlands of the region.
The main topics to be discussed will include:
- The wise use of wetlands
- The involvement of local communities in wetlands
- The socio-economic benefits of wetlands
- The importance of having national committees to oversee issues related to the conservation of natural resources
- How to develop processes and legislation to support and protect bio-diversity
- The Ramsar Convention and its role in directing and supporting various parties to encourage the development of legislation and practices relating to the wise use and management of wetlands.
On the side of the workshop will be photos and information that tell the story of Fujairah’s Wadi Wurayah as well as a focus on a Ramsar certified site in
Built into the workshop will be field visits to the
There are currently 1,932 Ramsar certified sites in the world.
Hopefully this workshop sponsored by
Beyond this is an idea to develop a network of protected sites across the UAE in order to encourage the effective protection and management and as a way of seeking common standards. Currently there is a national committee for biodiversity but as yet there is not a national committee with the focus on the wetlands of the UAE.
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
According to its website:
“The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.”
“The Ramsar Convention is the only global environmental treaty that deals with a particular ecosystem.”
Unfortunately half of the world’s wetlands have already been destroyed.
Through the Ramsar movement there is a growing awareness about the precious resources of the wetlands and international support being given through such workshops as will be staged in
Take a Look
Download the Programme
To get a more detailed look at the Draft [this may change!] Summary Program of the Workshop on Wetlands and the Ramsar Convention in West Asia (23-26 May 2011) at
Michel Roggo’s ‘Desert Water’ Photo Exhibition of Wadi Wurayah in
Swedish Princess and Emirati Prince Make a Right Royal Visit in
The Royal Treatment for Wadi Wurayah,
Resources for Visiting Wadi Wurayah in
How Do We Get to Wadi Wurayah? FIF, 19 May 2009.
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Image: A shallow pool teeming with life at