Davidson, Ramsar Deputy secretary General
The Technical Session on cultural aspects of wetlands as
a tool for their conservation and sustainble use began with
panel presentations by invited experts, and continued with
regionally-based discussions. The Session was chaired by
Clayton Rubec, Environment Canada.
to Maria José Viñals
TSEHUMED-Universidad de Valencia, deliver an audio-visual
presentation outlining different perspectives on the cultural
heritage of wetlands.
to Thymio Papayannis Special Advisor to the Ramsar Secretary
General, present an information paper and the draft resolution
on guiding principles on the cultural aspects of wetlands,
stressing that the resolution is a source of ideas and advice
rather than constraint.
Delegates endorsed the resolution. Spain and Denmark (on
behalf of the EU) highlighted the value of hunting. NGO's
called for recognition of indigenous peoples' cultural rights.
UNESCO welcomed its joint activities with Ramsar to improve
the conservation of cultural and biological diversity, and
promote a bio-cultural approach to sustainable development.
Deputy Secretary General Davidson reminded delegates that
the Ramsar Convention affirms the cultural value of wetlands
in its preamble.
Masardule, Pueblo Kuna