German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Wetlands of cultural value

Wetlands of cultural value

[Translate to en:] Gruppenbild Foto: Sebastian Misgajski

Vilm, 02.03.2018 The cultural and spiritual importance of wetlands was the focus of an international expert workshop at the isle of Vilm from 26th of February to 2nd of March (“The Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Wetlands – Supporting the integration of nature and culture in their governance and management”). The experts exchanged on lessons learned from recent projects, e.g. on the “Best Practice Guidelines on the Cultural & Spiritual Values of Protected Areas”, which are being developed by IUCN with support of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. Another focus laid on the preparation of relevant draft resolutions for the 13th Conference of the Parties of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, which will take place in October 2018 in Dubai. The involvement of local communities and indigenous peoples and the recognition of the cultural values of a protected area are important preconditions for the acceptance and sustainability of nature conservation. The actual integration of these aspects into the management and the decision making progresses of Ramsar sites shall therefore be fostered by relevant resolutions and a side event at the upcoming Conference of the Parties of the approx. 170 member states of the Ramsar Convention.The workshop was organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation in cooperation with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat. The participants were representatives of contracting parties, Ramsar regional initiatives, international organization partners, UNESCO, ICOMOS, NGOs, science and other specialist agencies and individuals as well as members of the Ramsar Culture Network.