Workshop on Developing a Tool for Rapid Assessment of Ecosystem Services for the Ramsar Sites

In recent Conferences of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention (COPs), countries recognized the need to revise the recording of information for the Ramsar Information Sheet, in particular on wetland ecosystem services. A clear understanding of the range of ecosystem services that wetlands provide can help wetland managers improve planning and management processes to address broader wetland issues more effectively.

In this regard, the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) organized a “Training Workshop on the Rapid Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Services (RAWES)” on 24-26 October 2016 at the Suncheon Bay International Wetland Center, Suncheon City, Republic of Korea. This workshop intended to increase the understanding of participants about ecosystem services within the context of the Ramsar Convention and to field test the RAWES tool for further enhancement. Representatives from Asia, Africa and Europe actively participated in the three-day activity with classroom-based sessions and field exercises. The development of a Draft Resolution for Ramsar COP13 is being considered as a follow-on measure to institutionalize the RAWES tool and approach.