Regional Symposium on Sustainable Urban Wetlands in Cambodia

More than twenty Ramsar National Focal Points (NFPs) and representatives of Ramsar NFPs from 13 countries in South, East, and Southeast Asia participated in the “Regional Symposium on Sustainable Urban Wetlands” held on 29-31 August 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The symposium aimed to:

1. promote and orient participants on the theme of Ramsar COP13 (Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future),
2. disseminate successful case studies and good practices on sustainable management of urban wetlands in Asia,
3. initiate discussions among countries on priority wetland issues related to sustainable urban development,
4. synergize perspectives from the participants and generate a common vision “voice of Asia”, which will be packaged into an information paper for Ramsar COP13 to showcase efforts from Asia as models for other regions, and
5. create new and strengthen existing partnerships among wetland conservation advocates.

Representatives from the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and National Wetland Center of the Republic of Korea, and from International Organization Partners of the Ramsar Convention such as the International Water Management Institute, Wetlands International – South Asia, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (Consulting) served as resource persons. Case studies from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Nepal, Philippines, and Sri Lanka were presented at the event followed by a brainstorming session which facilitated discussions for the development of the Ramsar COP13 information paper. A visit to Prek Toal Ramsar Site capped the symposium to demonstrate conservation and management measures being implemented for the wetland.