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.