Meetings with Ramsar Convention
HKND Group met again with a mission of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), headed by Maria Rivera, its advisor for the Americas at the Secretariat of the Presidency of Nicaragua on January 15, 2015. The delegation was invited by the Nicaraguan Government to analyze the San Miguelito wetland.
HKND Group has paid special attention to the Ramsar mission. Previously, HKND held a meeting with the delegation on January 13, where HKND made a presentation on its strong commitment to the protection of wetlands and protection and mitigation measures to be taken during the construction and operation of the Grand Canal of Nicaragua. After the Ramsar mission visited the wetland of San Miguelito, Rio San Juan Department on January 14, HKND Group met again with the delegation. Mr. Bill Wild, Chief Project Advisor and Mr. KW Pang, Deputy General Manager of the Construction Management Department delivered a presentation with information and results of detailed studies on the comprehensive planning of the Canal, the use and protection of water resources, the design for three-level locks to maintain the level and prevent salinization of Lake Nicaragua, among other issues. In this way, HKND Group fully demonstrated the great importance attached to the protection of the environment.
During the meeting, Ms. Maria Rivera said she was impressed by the Canal Project and hope to see more progress in the near future for further discussion. Ramsar will track the development of the Project and provide professional suggestions for protecting the wetlands.
Also attended at the meeting were: Mr. Zhu Xiaoya, CEO Assistant of HKND Group; Mr. Bernard Li, Deputy General Manager of the Public Relations Department; and Mr. Xiong Wentao, Manager of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Indigenous Affairs.
HKND Group, as concessionaire of the Grand Canal Project granted by the Nicaraguan Government, maintains close communication and cooperation with international organizations such as the Ramsar Convention, listening carefully and absorbing the good recommendations and suggestions for achieving the net positive impact of the Project. The Canal will contribute to economic, social and environmental well-being of the Nicaraguan people and will serve the development of world trade and the economy of the entire region.
The Ramsar Convention was signed in 1971 in the city of Ramsar, Iran, and entered into force on December 21, 1975. As of February 2, 2010, 159 state members worldwide had joined the convention protecting 1,886 important wetlands, with a total area of 185 million hectares. Nicaragua is a member of the Ramsar Convention, with nine wetlands listed in the organization’s protection plan. The planning Nicaraguan Canal route will cross the south edge of San Miguelito wetland, Rio San Juan Department.