Capacity building for managers in Mauritania: Training in Ramsar sites information system and update of Ramsar datasheet

The managers of the Banc d’Arguin National Park and of the Diawling National Park in Mauritania attended a five-day training seminar (7-13 December 2020) on the access to and use of the Ramsar sites information service (RSIS). The training was part of the strategies developed under the Plan of action for wetlands and coastal areas (PAZHOC) which seeks to build stakeholders’ capacities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the training was organised online by the PRCM on Google Meet, with about fifteen people in attendance. It was structured in five modules, being a background to the Ramsar Convention, the criteria for the designation of Ramsar sites, the use of the RSIS, a presentation on the Ramsar datasheet offline, the filling out of the two sheets consisting of six sections and a summary presentation on how to fill the fields per section until the last stage of submission.

The opening session of the seminar was marked by several addresses, with in the first place the PAZHOC Project Coordinator and the moderator. Then followed the Directors of the two Parks (Banc d’Arguin National Park and Diawling National Park) and the Ramsar Focal Point in Mauritania, who stressed the need to update Ramsar datasheet for both sites and include new sites which they consider to be wetlands of international importance.

The training enabled sites managers from Mauritania to access the system, become familiar with such a tool and update information and data on the current management state of play.

At the end of the training sessions, participants expressed their appreciation for the quality of the training and the results achieved, with the Ramsar datasheet filled out at a satisfactory level so far.