Subregional Training for Ramsar Site Managers in the Yellow/West Sea

Thirty-three Ramsar Site managers and stakeholders of the Yellow/West Sea representing national and local governments and non-government organizations from China, Republic of Korea (ROK) and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) attended the “Training on Wetland Management for Site Managers of the Yellow/West Sea” on 10-13 July 2018 in Shanghai, China. Organized by the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA), this subregional training aimed to:

  1. orient participants on the basic steps in wetland management, in particular on the designation and management of Ramsar Sites;
  2. introduce a Ramsar Convention tool and approach to assessing wetland ecosystem services;
  3. share information and experiences of national government agencies and international organizations as contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of resources in the Yellow/West Sea;
  4. discuss the main challenges of countries in managing the Yellow/West Sea and recommend site-specific and transboundary management strategies to address these challenges; and
  5. 5. encourage interaction and facilitate linkages among site managers and stakeholders in the subregion.

Resource persons included experts from the Netherlands, Hanns Seidel Foundation-Korea, East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership, IUCN Asia Regional Office, WWF-Hong Kong, and RM Wetlands. The subregional training featured presentations on transboundary cooperation (Wadden Sea Transboundary Ramsar Site as a case study), activities in the Yellow/West Sea by RRC-EA partner organizations, steps in the designation and management of Ramsar Sites based on the Ramsar Guidebook, and Ramsar tools and approaches such as the Ramsar Site Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (R-METT) and Rapid Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Services (RAWES). An information sharing and brainstorming session capped the activity that allowed participants to discuss about key wetland management issues and recommendations. The participants also visited Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve to observe and learn from its good management practices. IUCN-China provided logistical support.