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Cities and Wetland Management Initiative
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Project description

In order to enhance synergistic opportunities for sustainable wetland conservation, it is proposed that the Ramsar Secretariat responsible for the Convention on Wetlands and UN-HABITAT engage in activities within the framework of their existing work plans. In line with the principles of the Ramsar convention – have promoted conservation of wetlands in an equitable way while at the same time having great economic benefits for their cities. These cities include Nakuru and Kisumu (Kenya), Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda), Kigali (Rwanda), and cities in Sri Lanka, Maharashtra (India) and the Mekong region
Location: Number of cities and towns
- The Urban Planning and Design Branch
Partner: Government,Local Authority,Civil Society, Private Sector,United Nations, Research Institute,Inter-Governmental Organization
- Urban planning and policy
- Housing Policy
- Environmental Sustainability
- Urban-rural linkages
Budget: USD 1,000,000

Focus Area(s)

- FA1: Effective advocacy, monitoring and partnerships
- FA2: Promotion of participatory urban planning, management and governance
- FA3: Promote pro-poor land and housing
- FA4: Environmentally sound basic urban infrastructure and services


 Under rapid industrial and commercial development, with expanding population, urbanization, improvement of people's living standard and general national prosperity of most developing countries, industrial and municipal wastewater has not been properly disposed of, and in most cases has caused water pollution and seriously affected water resources management. The conventional waste-water treatment plants have thus become uneconomical. There is a growing need for an innovative and economical alternative.  Many local governments are finding themselves at the centre of this great challenge and are being compelled to rapidly innovate and open up for partnership to civil society and private sector. However, given the existing gaps in policy, institutional, financial, technical and technological arrangements, they lack the capacity to implement sustainable policies in the face of rising rates of urbanization as well as an enabling framework to facilitate public-private collaboration aimed at advancing sustainable management of urban wetlands.


The objective, in synergy and joint work between the Ramsar Secretariat and UN-HABITAT, is to promote of social and environmental sustainability of towns and cities in relation to wetlands and water:-

  • Provide support to cities to develop integrated plans,
  • Collection, documentation and dissemination of innovations and Best Practices on cities and wetland Management
  • Review of planning legislation and by-laws
  • Awareness raising.

Target Group

 Affected groups and cities with wetlands vulenerable to the impacts of Global Warming 

If you may be interested in funding this project, please contact us: info.rmu@unhabitat.org
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