Since 2009, the RRC-EA has organized regional level trainings for wetland managers annually. It is a five-day training basically consisting of four (4) sessions: (1) information and experience sharing, (2) seeking solutions on common and site-specific problems, (3) lectures of wetland experts, and (4) field trip. More than 300 wetland managers have benefitted from the training and improved their knowledge and capacity on wetland management. The training also provided opportunities for cooperation between wetland managers. Selection of participants is not based on current job or affiliation. The training is open to all interested individuals who work closely on wetland conservation and management.
National Training for Wetland Managers
While organizing the regional level trainings, the RRC-EA realized that only limited numbers of wetland managers are able to participate in the trainings because of language issues. To provide equal opportunities for education and capacity building to wetland managers who are not very adept in English, the RRC-EA developed a new training module called “National level training” or “Local language training” for wetland managers. This approach allows for the use of national language as the medium of communication during trainings. To date, the training has been effective in delivering messages to the participants and in encouraging communication among themselves to understand issues better and to reach agreements. The RRC-EA organizes the training in different countries every year.
Youth Model Ramsar Convention(YMRC)
The YMRC aims to raise the awareness of the youth and future generations on wetlands. The YMRC is designed to simulate the basic proceedings of a Ramsar COP and targets high school students from across the Republic of Korea. The YMRC is a Ramsar COP for students. Students attending the YMRC play different roles such as Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, delegates, journalists and volunteers, among others. Participants acquire negotiation skills and practice teamwork. Applying the basic rules of procedure for Ramsar COPs and formulating COP resolutions are some features of the YMRC. Around 200 students participate in the YMRC every year.