Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection
As of: August 2020
Objective and activities
The project aims at institutionalizing an ecosystem approach to wetlands management, and effective implementation of the "National Programme on Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems". The outputs for achieving the objective are: i) an ecosystem approach of wetlands management for three selected Ramsarsites in two states; ii) establishing a wetlands monitoring system, including Ramsar Site Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (R-METT); iii) capacity development and institutional strengthening for wetlands management. Addressing management and capacity gaps at central and state levels will lead to a better protection of the wetlands’ biodiversity and ecosystem services. It will also enhance their climate resilience and improve livelihoods of communities living around the selected sites. The project is part of the IKI Corona Response Package.
Participatory Management for Sustainable Use and Conservation of Wetland, Coastal and Marine Protected Areas
State of implementation/results
- As part of the Corona Response Package, among other things, job-creating restoration and rehabilitation measures for mangrove ecosystems are expected to be established and training against poaching and for sustainable tourism, will be offered.
- India's Ministry of Environment recently published the guidelines for the implementation of the "Wetlands Conservation and Management Rules" which came into force in 2017. The project contributes directly to their implementation in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.
- Wetland conservation and restoration has been included as one of the transformative ideas in the 100-day programme of the newly elected Indian government in May 2019. 130 wetlands across the country were identified for action to introduce an integrated management approach over the next 5 years. This includes the four Ramsar sites where the project is being implemented. The wetland assessment tools, ecosystem-based planning approach, monitoring systems and training programmes developed with the support of the project are universal and can be transferred to other wetlands.
- The Ramsar Convention recognises the Wetlands Inventory, Assessment and Monitoring System (WIAMS) as an essential tool for wetland planning processes and management. In order to adapt and optimize WIAMS to the Indian context, the project organized an expert workshop in New Delhi from 23 to 24 July 2019.
- On August 26 and 27, 2019, the project organized a workshop together with the Tamil Nadu Forestry Authority on the topic "Integrated Management of the Point Calimere Ramsar site" in Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu), at the forest officer, scientific experts and representatives of other technical authorities participated.
- From 18 to 20 September 2019, the project organised a training course on the topic of "Multi-Stakeholder engagement for the integrated management of wetlands" for managers of the four project locations and federal officials Wetland authorities.
- From 11 to 13 November 2019, a training course on "Rapid Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Services (RAWES)", for Ramsar site managers.
- For the project site Renuka ji (Himachal Pradesh) an illustrative factsheet with infographics to illustrate the values, benefits and threats to the wetland for communication with local stakeholders was developed.