Ramsar Site and wetland managers discuss Eco-DRR in online training Ramsar Site and wetland managers discuss Eco-DRR in online training

A total of 16 participants comprised of Ramsar National Focal Points, Ramsar Site and wetland managers and stakeholders, and national DRR agency representatives from East, Southeast and South Asia participated in the “Online Training on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation (Eco-DRR/EbA) for Ramsar Sites/protected areas” held on 3-7 May 2021 via Zoom. The training was organized by the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Wetlands International – South Asia to enable participants to understand the concepts of Nature-based Solutions (Eco-DRR/EbA), learn and exchange on Eco-DRR/EbA site management planning, and understand information/reporting requirements and how to support member states.

During the five-day event, speakers from the UNEP, Wetlands International – South Asia, Wetlands International – Philippines, and National Institute of Disaster Management of India, as well as wetland scientists delivered lectures related to Eco-DRR, climate change adaptation (CCA), wetland management planning, and implementation of wetland management plans. The online training was designed to include a mix of lectures, open fora and breakout group discussions. The materials prepared for this online training will be packaged into learning modules and will also be used as basis for the development of practical guidelines for Ramsar Site and wetland managers.