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Waterbird Population Estimates Database

The Waterbird Population Estimates (WPE) online database provides current and historic estimates, trends and 1% thresholds for over 800 waterbird species and 2300 biogeographic populations worldwide. This project has been developed by Wetlands International with the support of Environment Canada and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Visit the Waterbird Population Estimates Database

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Ramsar Conference, Bucharest

The Ramsar Conference (6 - 13 July 2012 in Bucharest, Romania) offered an opportunity to strengthen and extend the reach of the Convention to achieve improved wetland conservation and management. We attended the conference with a team of experts from our global network and engaged Contracting Parties and partners to achieve these objectives. 

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Eco-life fair exhibition booth 2010 "Blessings of Wetlands"

It was our 5th year to take part in this event. This booth aimed to raise awareness about the Ramsar Convention and wetland functions. It was organized jointly by the Ramsar Centre Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

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COP10 side event: the Culture and Technology of Wetlands

Side event on the cultural values of wetlands at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention (COP10)

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Tidal Flat Survey at Locals' Participation

For surveys of tidal flats, it is essential to carry on a long-term and frequent surveys to capture the regular changes and diversity of these habitats. However, the wide diversity of tidal flats has prevented many non-specialists from participating in the survey. This project by WI-Japan proposes to establish a survey method through citizen-based participation, and has involved preparation of an illustrated survey guidebook on tidal flat benthos, and hosting of public workshops and organisation of both orientation and as trial surveys. It is our third year, where we conduct three workshops in eastern Japan.

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National Wetland Wise Use Survey in Japan

Project of year 2005- 2007. Although the Ramsar Convention has long advocated the “Wise Use” of wetlands, this concept has yet to take root in Japan. Therefore, Wetlands International has embarked on a survey of wetland wise use practices throughout Japan through field studies and interviews.

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Survey and workshops: Wise use of wetlands

This project aims to determine the current state of wetlands in Japan and to promote their wise use. To date, nine Japanese Ramsar sites have been surveyed; evaluation criteria for wise use have been developed and a workshop has been held at the Katano-kamoike Ramsar site.

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Illustrated seaweed and sea-grass guidebook

A guidebook will be developed for publication in 2007.

 

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Eco-life fair exhibition booth

This booth aimed to raise awareness about the Ramsar Convention and wetland functions. It was organized jointly by the Ramsar Centre Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

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Biodiversity festival booth

This booth aimed to raise awareness on the biodiversity of wetlands, and featured a fishing game and pressed seaweed activities.

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Water snowflake, a common wetland plant in Australia

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