International workshop on "A programme for transboundary wetland conservation along the border area between the Russian Federation, Belarus and Ukraine" was held in Moscow, on 20 April 2010
The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and the Wetlands International–Russia Programme.The workshop was prepared and held with the financial support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands through the BBI Matra Project on Development of a programme for transboundary wetland conservation along the border of the Russian Federation with Belarus and Ukraine.
The objectives of the workshop were to present and discuss a Draft Programme and Action Plan for Transboundary Wetland Conservation in Belarus,
Russia and Ukraine; evaluate lessons learnt from transboundary cooperation activities implemented under two pilot projects; and to agree on a workplan for the finalization of the documents and the development of project portfolio to support their implementation.
The workshop participants represented the following institutions: the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of the Republic of Belarus, Federal Agency for Water Resources (Russia), Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service (Russia), Department for Natural Resources of the Smolensk Oblast (Russia), Committee on Nature Resources Management and Environmental Protection of the Bryansk Oblast (Russia), Scientific-Practical Centre on Bioresources (National Academy of Sciences of Belarus), Desnyansko-Starogutsky National Nature Park (Ukraine), Sebezhsky and Smolenskoye Poozerye National Parks (Russia), Bryansky Les State Nature Biosphere Reserve (Russia), Russian Research Institute for Nature Protection, Smolensk State University, Chernigov National Pedagogical University (Ukraine), UNDP Representative Office in the Russian Federation, Russian National Committee of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme, Birds and People NGO, and Wetlands International – Russia Programme.
The workshop programme included 14 presentations on regional and local priorities for cooperation on transboundary wetlands, the results of pilot projects implemented in the Sebezhskoe Poozerye and Neruso-Desnyanskoe Polesye wetland areas and other experience of transboundary cooperation in wetland conservation (see Workshop Programme).
A Draft Programme and Action Plan for Transboundary Wetland Conservation developed by the Expert Group that had been established at the meeting held on 19-20 May 2009 in the town of Sebezh were presented and discussed, giving special attention to aspects of the programme and action plan implementation in cooperation with other ongoing environment conservation initiatives, plans, and programmes in the region and beyond. Some proposals were made to bring about some improvements in the documents. The workshop emphasized the need to make further effort and develop project proposals covering all points of the Action Plan.
An excursion to the Cranes’ Homeland wetland area was organized for the participants on 19 April 2010.