Name of organisation
Ramsar Regional Centre Panamá
Description of the centre
The Ramsar Regional Centre is hosted by Panama and located at the ‘City of Knowledge’. It was created in accord with Ramsar Resolution V11.26 with the vision to “promote research on the management and wise use of wetlands throughout the Americas, through training and the development of impact assessment tools, methodologies and economic assessment, and the establishment of communication mechanisms”.
The Agreement for its creation was subscribed between the Government of Panama and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat on February 28th, 2003 during the 29th Meeting of the Standing Committee in Gland, Switzerland.
The centre is managed by a Board of Directors formed by representives of Ramsar Secretariat, representative of the Contracting Parties at the Ramsar Convention from the Caribbean, North America, Central and South America; representaives of the International Organisational members of the Ramsar Convention, a representative of worldwide research centres related to wetlands; donors, and a representative of the Panamian Government.
The Permanent Mission of Panama in Ginebra, in the Twentieth Meeting of the Permanent Convention on Wetlands (RAMSAR) held in Ginebra in 1997, submitted the idea of establishing a wetlands training centre, taking advantage of the benefits and facilities offered by the City of Knowledge and Panama. The idea was accepted by the participants of that meeting, and the Government of Panama was urged to develop the idea.
The National Environment Authority (ANAM, Spanish acronym), as the focal point of the Ramsar Convention, was responsible for follow-up. An initial proposal document was drawn up with the support and approval of City of Knowledge and the backing of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
The proposal was presented at the Fourteenth Ordinary Meeting of Ministers of the Environment of the Central American Commission on the Environment and Development (CCAD, Spanish acronym).
At the First Pan-American Meeting of the Ramsar Convention, held in Costa Rica in July 1998, a decision was announced, supporting the Panamanian Government’s initiative. In October 1998, the participants of the Twenty-First Meeting of the Permanent Ramsar Committee decided to continue with the initiative, which would have to be approved by the Conference of the Contracting Parties of the Ramsar Convention.
That approval was given in the Seventh Conference of the Contracting Parties, held in San Jose, Costa Rica, May 10-18, 1999, through Resolution V11.26, due to its importance in the application of the principles of the Convention and its support of actions contemplated in the Strategic Plan.
On February 28th 2003, was the signing of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Panama and the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat, for the creation and operation in Panama of the Regional Ramsar Centre for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere. On January 5th 2004, the Ramsar Regional Centre went into operation.
The centre offers the Wetland Documentary Centre which has approximately 10,000 bibliographical references.
The Centre uses the mass media (interviews on TV, radio and in newspapers) to promote the Ramsar Convention and knowledge about wetlands.
In addition, interpretative visits to Ramsar sites are carried out with students during vacation periods to celebrate World Wetlands Day.
Interpretation and exhibitry
Our activities are guided by the Ramsar Convention guidelines and its Strategic Plan.
We use for exhibition, the Ramsar Convention exhibition materials. It is posted on different places in the country as an itinerant exhibition.
We welcome peers and professional colleagues.
Our main target groups are Ramsar Focal Points. In addition, we are developing some actions to promote the Ramsar Convention in the Western Hemisphere. We are developing and regionally strengthening needs assessment to focus our training actions on the priorities of specialisation in the region related to wetland conservation and wise use.
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