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Workshop in Sebezh


 Workshop on Development of a programme for transboundary wetland conservation along the border area between the Russian Federation, Belarus and Ukraine was held in the town of Sebezh, Russia, on 19-20 of May 2009.

The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Wetlands International–Russia Programme and the Sebezhsky National Park.

35 experts took part in the workshop, including representatives of the Sebezh District Administration, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, Pskov Regional Department of the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service, Department for Natural Resources of the Smolensk Oblast, Scientific and Practical Centre for Bioresources under the National Academy of Sciencies of Belarus, State Nature Reserves of Osveisky and Krasny Bor (Belarus), Desnyansko-Starogutsky National Park (Ukrane), Sebezhsky and Smolenskoye Poozerye National Parks, Bryansky Les State Biosphere Nature Reserve, Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Smolensk State University, Birds and People NGO and Wetlands International–Russia Programme.

The Workshop provided participants with the opportunity to exchange technical experiences, review the current status of transboundary wetlands in the three countries, and discuss a draft programme for wetland conservation in the region. Plans for running pilot projects in the Sebezhskoe Poozerye and Neruso-Desnyanskoe Polesye wetland areas were also discussed. The main conclusion of the Workshop was to make a concerted effort to finalise and adopt the Programme.

An excursion to the Sebezhsky National Park was organized for the participants, including the stopping points on the designed tourist water route of Merchant Novinsky's Trade Route. This route will be created under a pilot project aimed at the development of transboundary ecotourism in the Sebezhsky National Park of Russia and the Osveysky Nature Reserve of Belarus sharing a single lake system. The 60 km long picturesque chain of lakes, rivers and channels is perfect for canoeing, and being combined with natural and historic trails, this route must attract interest among the young visitors of the park.   

 Workshop Programme is here

Workshop Proceedings and Resolution

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