Side Event – ‘Capturing Climate Co-benefits of Wetlands’ at CoP14 to the Ramsar Convention held at Geneva, Switzerland

09 November 2022
A glimpse of Ramsar CoP14 Side Events [©Avantika Bhaskar/GIZ]

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) – BMUV project, ‘Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection’, organised a side event titled ‘Capturing Climate Co-benefits of Wetlands’, at Ramsar COP14 on 9th November 2022 in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate, and Wetlands International South Asia. Considering the limited resources and data, this methodology provides step-wise guidance to the site managers to assess and manage site-level climate risks in wetlands. The side event also brought together international and national experts, site managers and government officials involved in wetland management and to share their experiences. The panel included Dr. Sujit Kumar Bajpayee, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Alban Kisife, Deputy Head of Division International Cooperation on Biodiversity, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), Germany, Dr. Max Finlayson, Gulbali Institute, Charles Sturt University, Mr. Sat Pal Dhiman, Joint Member Secretary, Himachal Pradesh State Wetland Authority, and Mr. Suneel Pamidi, Member Secretary, State Wetland Authority Kerala. Mr. Ravindra Singh, Director, Indo-German Biodiversity Programme, GIZ emphasised the need for bridging the science-policy-practice for wetlands as a climate solution and capturing climate co-benefits of wise use and sustainable management of wetlands.

The Wetlands project was also part of two other side events, namely, ‘Regional Collaboration for Wetlands Wise Use in South Asia’ organised by Wetlands International South Asia – a panel discussion aimed at enhancing regional collaboration to meet wetlands wise-use commitments; and ‘75 at 75’ organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) – an interactive discussion about India’s journey in wetlands conservation, lessons learnt and best practices given the milestone achievement of designating 75 wetlands as Ramsar Sites on eve of India’s 75th year of independence. A short movie produced under the Wetlands Project on ‘Cultural Significance of Wetlands’ was shown at the ‘75 at 75’ event which was well-received.

Link to further materials

Contact person
Ravindra Singh — Programmer Director, Indo-German Biodiversity Programme
Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection Project

Key buzzwords
Ramsar Cop14, Side Events, Climate Co-Benefits, Wise Use, Cultural Significance