RRC-EA participates in Ramsar COP13 in Dubai

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) was held on 22-29 October 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with the theme “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”. The Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) joined the global event and organized two (2) side events: (1) Wetland City Accreditation of the Ramsar Convention: Strengthening Sub-National Government Support for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use and (2) Promoting the Values of Wetlands through the Rapid Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Services and Good Practices on Sustainable Urban Wetlands in Asia.

The first side event provided an opportunity for mayors of the very first set of Wetland Cities to showcase their efforts and contributions to sustainable urban development and to the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The mayors delivered short statements and presentations that focused on key local wetland initiatives. The second side event explained the process in developing the Rapid Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Services (RAWES) approach and presented case studies from Bhutan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the application of the RAWES approach. It also highlighted best practices on the conservation and wise use of wetlands in urban and peri-urban environments in Asia, specifically in East, Southeast and South Asia, collectively as the “Voice of Asia”. The example of Suncheon Bay in Suncheon City, Republic of Korea was presented in the side event. The RRC-EA also set up an exhibition booth at the Ramsar COP.