COP11-Side event on culture

COP11-Side event on culture

Culture: contributing to wetland wise use
A special event on 7 July 2012, 18:30-20:15, Mihai Viteazu Hall
Ramsar COP11, Buchare

The Ramsar Culture Working Group organised an event on culture and wetlands in Bucharest on the evening of Saturday 7 July during Ramsar COP11.

The event demonstrated some fascinating examples of the contribution of cultural values and practices to the conservation and wise use of wetlands, from around the world. A draft Strategic Action Plan for enhancing the role of cultural aspects in the work of the Ramsar Convention during the next triennium was also briefly presented.

Presentations were in English.

The event closed with an opportunity to sample some traditional food and drink from the Danube Delta, Romania.

Supported by the MAVA Foundation

Event programme:

– Welcome (Sansanee Choowaew1)
– Purpose and objectives of the event, introduction of the Strategic Action Plan on Culture and Wetlands (Thymio Papayannis2 + Dave
– Loy Krathong Festival and dance, SE Asia (Sansanee Choowaew4)
– Cultural aspects contributing to wetland conservation in West Africa (Charlotte Karibuhoye – presented by Antonio Araujo )
– Marimo Festival and Tancho Crane Dance – Wetland Cultures in Japan project, to be extended to Asia (Yoshihiro Natori5 )
– Saltscapes, meanings and feelings: An inner journey into salt (Katia Hueso6)
– Local Traditions in Danube Delta, Romania (Ileana Ene-Giusca7)

Please find here the poster


[1] Professor, Mahidol University Salaya, Ramsar Laureate 2008.
[2] Coordinator, Ramsar Culture Working Group, Ramsar Laureate 2012.
[3] Expert member, Ramsar Culture Working Group, Ramsar Laureate 2008.
[4] Fondation Internationale du Banc d’Arguin.
[5] Executive Director, Wetlands International – Japan.
[6] Association of the Friends of Inland Salinas.
[7] Local coordinator, Salvati Dunarea si Delta.