CMS COP 13 hosted by India at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, saw eminent experts, scientists, wildlife enthusiasts, policy makers and institutions from across the globe converging to further the agenda of conservation of migratory species of wild animals. The convention saw many side events, organised around an area of concern, necessitating immediate attention. One such event was organized by IKI-BMU Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection programme to which Wetlands International South Asia is a technical partner. The side event focused on Bridging Information for Wetlands and Waterbirds. The event saw an intriguing panel discussion that sought to identify regional collaboration opportunities and mechanisms for conserving migratory waterbirds and promoting wise use of wetlands, their preferred habitats, in South Asia region.
The panel comprised of Ms Manju Pande, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India; Dr Taej Mundkur, Sr Technical Officer, Global Office, Wetlands International; Dr Savita, PCCF (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Government of Himachal Pradesh; Dr Ritesh Kumar, Director, Wetlands International South Asia and Dr Eric Wikramanayake, Director, Wildlife and Wetlands, WWF Hong Kong.
The highlight of the event was launch of “An Inventory, Assessment and Monitoring framework for Indian Wetlands” acronymically called as WIAMS Framework. It is an internationally recognised tool that aids decision making for ecosystem-based management of wetlands. While supporting integration of ecosystem services within the management planning process, the framework assists site managers in preparation of effective integrated management plans.
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