Department of Environment, Islamic Republic of Iran
Funding support: Self-funded
Number of staff: 3
Overall aims of the centre:
The RRC-CWA will enhance the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the region through training, research, advocacy and public awareness programmes. Working to support the implementation activities of contracting parties for the effective management and conservation of wetlands, the objectives of the Centre are to:
Build human capacity and engage in outreach
Promote scientific and technical cooperation and exchange of knowledge, including traditional knowledge,
Promote wise use of wetlands through research and sustainable management
Encourage accession of non contacting parties in the region.
Description of the centre
The Centre has a clear vision and overall goal, both of which are aimed at supporting the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the Region.
The VISION of the Centre is to see wetlands conserved and wisely used in central and west Asia.
The overall GOAL of the Centre is to build the capacity of those involved wetland management in the Region to enable effective wetland conservation and wise use.
The Centre will work to meet the wetland training and research needs of the Ramsar Convention in the Central and West Asia Region as defined by the Ramsar Secretariat. The Centre will also seek to work with other contracting and non contracting parties in all activities and in particular to learn from the countries with special experience in wetland conservation and wise use.
The main target groups for the Centre are those people and organisations that work in wetland management and conservation at all levels, and especially those connected with Ramsar designated wetlands through their direct or indirect use of wetland resources and have an impact on the overall integrity of wetlands.
The Centre will work at the international, regional and national levels but will focus on actions that have a regional scale impact and in particular will work with people that can have a significant impact on the management and wise use of wetlands in their countries.
Main CEPA work areas
1. Coordinate and hold courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, meetings at national, regional and international levels in order to expand the knowledge of wetlands and about the Convention
2. Coordinate the establishment of a network to collect and disseminate information
3. Promote and coordinate scientific research and study in the region in order to expand knowledge of wetland functions and values, their biodiversity and indicators of ecological characteristics, and also regarding the economic valuation and management of the ecosystems with the purpose of prompting their sustainability and conservation, including through nomination of wetlands of international importance
4. Enter into agreements for technical cooperation, technology transfer and research with universities, research centres, government and non-government agencies and other Wetland Centres at local, regional and global level
5. Produce of information and bibliographical material where possible in a range of languages contributing to better knowledge of wetlands through printed and electronic means
6. Develop assistance and consultation activities aimed at the study and management of the wetlands
7. Facilitate a harmonized approach to scientific monitoring on wetlands and their components in the region, for processing, studying and exchanging relevant information to assist decision-making processes
8. Encourage the countries in the region to establish wetland education centres.
Site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools
Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
Running effective administration, fund-raising