10th Regional Training Workshop for Wetland Managers in East, Southeast and South Asia

The Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) successfully organized the “10th Regional Training Workshop for Wetland Managers in East, Southeast and South Asia” on 7-11 May 2018 at the Suncheon Bay International Wetland Center, Suncheon City, Republic of Korea. Twenty nine Ramsar Site and wetland managers and stakeholders from 15 countries in East, Southeast and South Asia joined this annual capacity building activity. The workshop featured special lectures in line with the 2018 World Wetlands Day theme “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future” and provided a venue for participants to share new information and experiences in wetland management; learn from good practices that may be applicable to wetlands in other countries; identify site-specific and common wetland issues in the region, and recommend solutions to address these issues; and strengthen the network of wetland managers in the region.

The workshop was structured into sessions: Overview on the Ramsar Convention, Special lectures, Information sharing on the challenges in wetland management, Ramsar Site Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (R-METT), Rapid Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Services (RAWES), and brainstorming solutions for common wetland problems. As part of the RAWES session, participants also visited and conducted field exercises at the Suncheon Bay Ramsar Site. Speakers of the five-day event represented national and international organizations such as the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), National Wetland Center of the Republic of Korea, National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration – Asia, Sabah Environmental Trust, and RM Wetlands and Environment, Ltd.