11th Regional Training Workshop for Wetland Managers in East, Southeast and South Asia

The 11th Regional Training Workshop for Wetland Managers in East, Southeast and South Asia was successfully held on 18-22 March 2019 at the Suncheon Bay International Wetland Center, Suncheon City, Republic of Korea with several presentations aligned with the 2019 World Wetlands Day theme “Wetlands and Climate Change”. Twenty seven Ramsar Site and wetland managers and stakeholders representing 15 countries in East, Southeast and South Asia participated in this annual capacity building activity. The workshop 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 featured topics on the Ramsar Convention, Ramsar Site management, Wetland City Accreditation, climate change research studies, technology for conservation, collaborative governance of wetlands, Paris Agreement, Rapid Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Services (RAWES), and Ramsar Site Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (R-METT). Participants were also engaged in a brainstorming session to formulate recommendations to address common wetland challenges, and visited Suncheon Bay Ramsar Site as part of the RAWES field exercises. The five-day event invited resource persons from international organizations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Secretariat, National Geographic Society – Asia, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, and IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.