the network of wetland educational centers
The Educational Center of Nimfea
Environment and Nature Conservation Association became a member
of the international network of Wetland Link International,
an official partner of the Ramsar Convention in education
and awareness-raising in the field of wetland and nature conservation.
The members of Wetland Link
International (WLI) are organizations dedicated to educate
a wide range of people in order to deepen their knowledge
on the role of wetlands. Understanding the significance of
wetlands and their essential role in the global ecosystem
contributes to the preservation of these unique natural values.
The members of WLI make special efforts to create a link between
wetlands and people and to strengthen this relationship through
new and innovative methods.
As recognition of the work
done by educational centers, the network of Wetland Link International
is a partner to the CEPA program of the Ramsar Convention.
CEPA stands for Communication, Education, Public Awareness,
as these activities are necessary elements in the implementation
of the Convention. The Ramsar Convention was signed in 1972
in Ramsar, Iran, and its main objective is the preservation
and wise use of wetlands, with a special emphasis on the role
of wetlands as the habitat of waterfowl.
Joining this network is an
important step for Nimfea Environment and Nature Conservation
Association towards enhancing its wetland-related activities,
especially in the field of environmental education. The conservation
of wetlands has been a primary focus for Nimfea ever since
its establishment in 1994 – this has been the reason for selecting
the name of the genus Nymphaea for the association, expressing
the commitment to preserve what is left from the marshlands,
floodplains and other forms of wetlands of the Great Hungarian
Our association created and
maintains the website www.ramsar.hu,
giving an overview of the Convention and describing the designated
Ramsar sites of Hungary (not available in English yet, but
being developed). A booklet introducing Hungarian Ramsar sites
is also in print.
Nimfea is running programs
for the restoration and management of various wetlands, such
as establishing artificial nesting islands for a gull colony,
protection of amphibian habitats, and especially fishponds.
We carry out monitoring activities on the River Tisza and
the Lake Tisza. We have developed comprehensive species conservation
programs, for example for the Ferruginous duck (Aythya nyroca)
and other waterfowl.
The association published a
comprehensive book on the fish fauna of the country, partly
based on the field expertise and researches of the “Fish-faunistic
working group” of the association. For example this working
group is the only organization to continuously monitor all
habitats of the European mudminnow (Umbra krameri) in Hungary.
We hope that joining Wetland
Link International will enable us to use the methods offered
by WLI in order to bring people and wetlands closer, with
a view to make the preservation of wetlands more effective.