Yury Darman, WWF-Russia, Amur branch, reported on WWF activity in Amur river basin over the past 5 years: NPA network optimization, flag species conservation such as Oriental white stork, cranes, Amur fish.
Eugene Simonov, WWF-International (on the left) presents the Amur Reader and Amur-Heilong Resource Disc.
31 October 2008
Amur River concerns came to light at the Ramsar Conference.
WWF announced the Amur Regional Ramsar Initiative at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands held on 30th October in Changwon, South Korea.
Ramsar Conference is conducted once in four years and gathers the representatives of the nations- members of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. This time the number of participants reached more than 1700 from 165 countries around the world. Russian delegation was represented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology, Khabarovskii Province administration and WWF-Russia. The Amur Regional Ramsar Initiative was widely announced at the presentation of Russian party.
There are presently 15 Ramsar sites in Amur River basin: 6 of them on the territory of Russian Federation, 6 - in China and 3 - in Mongolia. WWF-Russia announced 2008 – “The Year of Ramsar Wetlands in Amur River basin” and launched the activity to draw attention of three nations within Amur River basin towards Amur wetlands as the main component of the river ecosystem. Amur Regional Ramsar Initiative provides the framework for national action and international cooperation of three countries of Amur basin.
“Great Amur River requires coordination of three countries – Russia , China and Mongolia . WWF-Russia worked out the basic platform for negotiations by providing information exchange and by establishing the Amur Information Center . Alexander Nesterenko, the chair of Amur Steering Committee supported this initiative on behalf of five Far Eastern constituent units of Russian Federation”- comments Yury Darman, Ph.d., the director of WWF-Russia, Amur branch.
“I am glad that the presentation of Amur Regional Ramsar Initiative was attended and supported by the leaders of delegations of all three countries. Now it’s time for governmental bodies of these countries to take an action. We set our hopes for China State Forestry Administration represented by Mr. Ma Guanren, director general of Wetland Management Bureau of China ” – says Yury Darman.